RIDER OF THE YEAR
Open to riders competing in any of Motogp’s three racing categories or equivalent
Victory in Argentina made Crutchlow the first British rider to lead the Motogp standings since 1979, and consistent strong form over the course of the season has kept him in touching distance of the top five in the points.
Three wins and strong pace all year backed up Dovizioso’s frontrunning credentials that carried over from 2017. He once again emerged as Marquez’s biggest threat and Ducati’s leading light, but ultimately fell short of championship glory.
Fully adjusted to the Ducati after a difficult debut year, Lorenzo was able to unleash his full might to take three wins and leave the Italian marque questioning its decision to drop him for 2019. He was sidelined for the final races through injury.
A fifth Motogp title in six years and his seventh overall on bikes – a near-flawless campaign has netted Honda rider Marquez eight victories and only three races without a podium, despite having difficult machinery underneath him.
Four straight titles, 71 wins and 134 podiums make Rea the most decorated World Superbike rider in history – those records made in 2018 despite regulation changes aimed at ending his and Kawasaki’s dominance.
Consistency aboard a troubled Yamaha has ensured the Motogp legend remained a top-three fixture in the standings, the 39-year-old’s evergreen talent rewarding him with five podiums amid his team’s struggles.