RIDER OF THE YEAR

Open to riders com­pet­ing in any of Mo­togp’s three rac­ing cat­e­gories or equiv­a­lent

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CAL CRUTCHLOW

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.

AN­DREA DOVIZIOSO

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.

JORGE LORENZO

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.

MARC MAR­QUEZ

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.

JONATHAN REA

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.

VALENTINO ROSSI

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.

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