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...
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.