The MotoGP World Championship title race is wide open following Dani Pedrosa’s convincing start to finish Spanish Grand Prix win on his home circuit in Jerez last time out [May 7th]. Marc Marquez finished in second with Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo in third.
Heading into the next round in France at Le Mans on May 21, Valentino Rossi is still the championship leader [62 points], but only by a narrow 2 points from his Yamaha team mate Maverick Vinales on 60 points. The Honda riders Marquez and Pedrosa are closing fast with Marquez only 2 points behind on 58 and Pedrosa on 52.
Despite Vinales winning the first two races in Qatar and Argentina, now after four rounds, the field has closed and no clear favourites are emerging. Marquez won round three in the USA and Pedrosa in Spain.
All eyes are now focused on next Sunday’s race in France. Can Maverick Vinales regain his form for Yamaha?
Will Marc Marquez step up and take an unassailable lead like he did last year?
And what about their team mates. Valentino Rossi is perfectly capable of being on the podium in future rounds to consistently build his points total. Can Dani Pedrosa keep his current form and get to the front at Le Mans? Pedrosa’s Jerez win was his first on Spanish soil since 2013. And finally a lot a fans were very pleased to see Jorge Lorenzo finally come to grips with his new Ducati, after his three MotoGP title wins with Yamaha.
Hopefully Lorenzo’s third place podium in Spain will see him as a more consistent performers into the future.
Whatever happens the next few races should reveal the serious contenders for the 2017 MotoGP title.
STANDINGS AFTER FOUR ROUNDS
Valentino Rossi – Yamaha – 62 points
Maverick Vinales – Yamaha – 60 points
Marc Marquez – Honda – 58 points
Dani Pedrosa – Honda – 52 points
Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati – 41 points
Johann Zarco – Yamaha – 35 points
Cal Crutchlow – Honda – 29 points
Jonas Folger – Yamaha – 29 points
Jorge Lorenzo – Ducati – 28 points