Feeling left out of the fun, Andrea Dovizioso put on a historic performance at his home track at Mugello. Becoming the first Italian rider to win an Italian manufactured bike at an Italian track. Just to make sure everyone knew it was not a fluke, Dovizioso doubled up on the wins for the season by taking another victory at Catalunya. Assen provided a dramatic wet weather race with riders gambling on pitting early or staying out late on the dry tires. Ultimately the dry tires won the day and Rossi took his first win of the season while Marc Marquez grabbed a few more precious Championship points.
MotoGP Mid-Season Scoreboard
The 2017 MotoGP season started off with young upstart Maverick Viñales backing-up his pre-season results with a calculated and patient performance to take the victory in his first race on his Yamaha M1. A second consecutive win at the Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina, combined with the fact defending Champ Marc Marquez finished the day with a DNF, positioned Maverick to look unstoppable in the early stages of the 2017 season.
Marquez was determined to stay in the title chase, and pushed his RC213v to its limits in Austin Texas, which and kept his staggeringly perfect record in America of 7 straight in the MotoGP class. Unfortunately it was Viñales' turn to take a DNF, helping to even out the points in Championship.
Back in Spain at Jerez de La Frontera, Dani Pedrosa submitted his name to the winners list for 2017 by putting on a unforeseen and complete wire to wire domination. Extreme heat helped Dani secure the victory as many riders had issues with tire wear, where Pedrosa’s smooth and controlled style helped him save his rubber to victory.
France proved to be dramatic shake-up in the overall standings with Maverick winning again but more significantly, title rival Valentino Rossi crashed out late in the race while in the hunt for the win and overall championship lead.
Fortunately for Marquez, the final race before the summer break was Saschenring. This is another Marquez 'owned’ track and going into the weekend he'd already claimed 7 consecutive races. Marquez’ dominance of the German track continued but not without a strong challenge from mixed weather conditions and local hero Jonas Folger who threatened to break Marquez’ win streak but ended up a close second. With five different winners, four championship leaders and the top five riders separated by only 26 points it’s been a wild first half and we can’t wait for the second part of the season.