Guest Blog: Mat Oxley - Is a winless MotoGP champion a worthy champion?

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Is a winless MotoGP champion a worthy champion?

Joan Mir could become the first premier-class world champion to take the crown without winning a race. Does that make him any less of a MotoGP champion than Marc Márquez or Valentino Rossi?

This maddest of mad MotoGP seasons reaches its climax next month, with back-to-back races at Valencia and the season-finale at Portimao.

So far Fabio Quartararo has won the most races, with three victories from 11 races. Next is Franco Morbidelli with two victories. Then there’s Brad Binder, Andrea Dovizioso, Miguel Oliveira, Danilo Petrucci, Álex Rins and Maverick Viñales, all on one win each.

But none of these eight men is leading the world championship. The man with the most points is Suzuki’s Joan Mir, who has yet to win a race or start from pole position.

Already some are suggesting the 23-year-old Spaniard won’t be a worthy world champion if he gets to wear the crown without standing on the top step of the podium at least once.

These will no doubt be the same people who suggested that whoever wins this year’s title won’t be a worthy champion because Marc Márquez was out of the contest before the first race was over.

This is all nonsense.

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....Mir, so far, has done a MUCH better job at adapting to the conditions. He has three races to nail this down and it'll be very interesting to see how he handles the stress & pressure of the WC. Does this make those Marc haters appreciate his mental 'hardness'?

On no given day were you the fastest. You didn't triumph in any of the on track battles.

A chip with no race wins is still a chip just a really miserable, depressing grind quest of accountancy and risk management as opposed to the culmination of a season's worth of edifying performances at the absolute pinnacle of skill and cunning.

It would be depressingly apposite of this year's champion to not win a race. 😓

for champ to have finished outside the top 5 twice as many times as inside the top 5...

compared to one who had a win stolen by a red flag, had a poor day in first race in rain, and 2x as many podiums as poor days compared to rivals ...   that is why points total is champ

Simple arithmetic decides the championship whether the champion has won any races or not. If risking one's life each and every time the rider gets on the bike is worth a championship trophy, then I believe that is a worthy champion.

If he gets the most points he wins. Why not. Once most champs get to the confortable psosition even they back off, look at Rea after he won, nowhere! Why risk breaking your balls when you are champ.

In 2020 Mir on a Suzuki is challenging to be a very worthy champion. Marc Marquez is not. 

Next year is a new Championship. Marc will be favorite to win, a gap and no one for 2nd, then several riders will be in a really interesting season battle sharing the remaining points. 

This has been a TOUGH, varied and extremely close season. Mir is worthy, winless or no. And he looks good for one in the next two rounds, eh?