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.
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.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.