MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
MotoGP has turned upside down
Britons winning MotoGP races, Suzuki beating Honda and Yamaha – what’s behind all these upsets?
What the hell is going on? The MotoGP World Championship seems to have shifted on its axis and nothing seems to be quite the same anymore.
There have been seven different winners in the last seven races (the first time that’s happened since GP racing started shortly after the Second World War), there have been four first-time winners (the first time that’s happened since 1982) and there have been four different winning manufacturers (for the first time in a decade), with Suzuki scoring its first dry-weather victory since 2000. It’s the same throughout the paddock: this year there have been 21 different race winners across three classes, that’s the greatest number since 1982, when there were five classes: 50cc, 125cc, 250cc, 350cc and 500cc.
And then there’s been the Brits covering themselves in glory, at last. There have two British winners and two British pole men in the last two races. The last time two Britons won Grands Prix on the same day was at COTA last year, with Sam Lowes and Danny Kent, the time before that was at Anderstorp in 1977, with Barry Sheene and Mick Grant. Cal Crutchlow, John McPhee, Lowes and Kent weren’t even born.
MotoGP’s record books aren’t just being rewritten this year, they’re being thrown on the bonfire. So, what exactly is behind this convulsion? It cannot be mere coincidence, can it?
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.