ROSSI BY NUM­BERS

Cal­cu­lat­ing Valentino Rossi’s av­er­age points score, year by year, tells us more than we’ve ever known about his best and his worst sea­sons. For starters, 2017 was his worst ever as a ti­tle chal­lenger...

Performance Bikes (UK) - - Contents - Words MAT OXLEY Pho­tos GOLD AND GOOSE, MO­VIS­TAR YAMAHA & AGV

We whip out the cal­cu­la­tors for a closer look at each of his premier class sea­sons.

VALENTINO ROSSI has de­cided to con­tinue rac­ing into 2020, when he will be 41 years old. Much of how that two-year ex­ten­sion to his Yamaha con­tract pans out will de­pend on the re­sults he achieves at the first few races, when he will be try­ing to erase the mem­o­ries of his worst ever MotoGP sea­son, apart from his two years in the Du­cati dol­drums. Analysis of Rossi’s points-scor­ing per­for­mance dur­ing his 18 sea­sons on 500s and MotoGP bikes pro­vides a fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight into the ups and downs of his ca­reer. Cal­cu­lat­ing his av­er­age points haul for each race shows ex­actly how strong or how weak he was dur­ing each cham­pi­onship.

His best year was 2003, when he scored an av­er­age 22.31 points at each race, an amaz­ing per­for­mance con­sid­er­ing a vic­tory nets 25 points. His worst year was 2011, when he could only man­age an av­er­age 8.17 points.

In­tro­duc­ing Rossi’s crash sta­tis­tics adds an­other fas­ci­nat­ing an­gle, high­light­ing when he felt at one with his mo­tor­cy­cle and when he felt noth­ing from his ma­chin­ery. In 2003, Rossi crashed just once dur­ing the en­tire cham­pi­onship. In 2011 he suf­fered 12 crashes, two or three times more ac­ci­dents that he suf­fered in most sea­sons. To­gether, these two sta­tis­tics un­der­line how strong he was on Honda’s RC211V and how weak he was on Du­cati’s Des­mosedici.

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