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MotoGP: Men Who Shined In The 2021 Season

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The 2021 MotoGP season was as thrilling as it could have been. Fabio Quartararo clinched his maiden MotoGP World Championship while Ducati picked up their second consecutive Constructors’ championship. It was an emotional final race at Valencia as nine-time World champion Valentino Rossi made his final appearance to take home P10 and put an end to his enthralling career. Let’s have a look at some of the men who shined in the 2021 MotoGP season.



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Fabio Quartararo created history in the 2021 MotoGP season as he went on to become the first-ever Frenchman in the history of the sport to clinch a premier class title, just at the age of 22. Out of the eighteen races this season, El Diablo won five races, stepped on the podium ten times, and finished inside the top ten almost every race except in Jerez where he finished 13th and a DNF in Algarve which was his only DNF of the season. By the end of the season, the Frenchman took his tally to 278 points finishing 26 points ahead of second-placed Pecco Bagnaia.



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For a brief period in the battle for the World Title, we all thought that Pecco Bagnaia would catch the flying Quartararo but a crash at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix saw him handing the title to the Frenchman. If it weren’t for that crash, considering Ducati’s pace this season it would’ve been job done for Bagnaia who fell 26 points shy of his Championship dreams. This season, we also saw him bag his first-ever MotoGP victory and in his last 6 races of the season, he won four of them and got on the podium five times as he finished the season with 252 points.



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Joan Mir on Suzuki Ecstar began the season as defending champion and lived up to it. In almost every race, it was the Suzuki of Joan Mir which separated the Ducati’s and the Yamaha’s at the top end of the race. Mir bagged a total of six podium finishes and finished inside the top 9 in almost every race, Talk about consistency! The only two races in which he finished outside the top 10 were the French GP and the Emilia Romagna GP where he crashed out of the race.



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Jorge Martin of Pramac Racing (Ducati) bagged his rookie of the year award after the Valencia Grand Prix. The little Spaniard caught the attention of fans across the globe when he excelled on his Ducati to bag his first-ever race win in MotoGP at the Styrian Grand Prix. In his fourteen races this season, the Martinator stepped on the podium four times and also bagged four poles, and finished the season in P9 with a total of 111 points.



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After THAT horrific shoulder injury, who would’ve thought we’ll see Marc Marquez back and flying on his Repsol Honda. In fact, even after his return, he went on one of his worst career runs having seen three back-to-back DNFs but the Spaniard slowly found his rhythm back. It all started with his return to the Sachsenring where he retained his tag as The King of the Ring and since then he finished every race inside the top 10 and bagged back-to-back race wins at COTA and the Emilia Romagna GP to take him to P7 in the world championship with a total of 142 points in spite of missing four races.


[Featured Image Credit: Fabio Quartararo]