2018 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 9, Sachsenring, Germany

1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 165  
2 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 119 -46
3 Maverick VINALES Yamaha 109 -56
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 88 -77
5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 88 -77
6 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 85 -80
7 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 84 -81
8 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 79 -86
9 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 75 -90
10 Jack MILLER Ducati 57 -108
11 Alex RINS Suzuki 53 -112
12 Dani PEDROSA Honda 49 -116
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 44 -121
14 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 32 -133
15 Tito RABAT Ducati 30 -135
16 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 22 -143
17 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 19 -146
18 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 16 -149
19 Bradley SMITH KTM 13 -152
20 Scott REDDING Aprilia 12 -153
21 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 10 -155
22 Mika KALLIO KTM 6 -159
23 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 4 -161
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Watching MM engage fans (from all corners of racing, and not just those in the "93 section") in the past few races led me to conclude he's taking a page from VR's racing experience.  I heard fewer MM boos this weekend (watching online) than in previous weekends.  Watch MM when VR is speaking at their press conferences, and he appears to be making mental notes some of the time: He seems keenly aware that he's capable of making (more) memorable motorcycle racing history, so he's learning from those who have made it (and are still making it.)  At least, this is what I tell myself before I stop watching and start riding, myself!



I don’t watch the pressers but if that’s what he’s doing, good for him. VR didn’t turn the stands yellow just by winning races; in fact he came across as a bit of a git when he first started winning in the top class. What he did was win tons of races AND charm himself a huge following and that’s stood him in good stead for the best part of 20 years. When you’re so good that you can win most of the time, it’s time to be gracious in both victory and defeat, something VR projected even if that might not have been the reality behind the garage doors.

Funnily enough, the last couple of races have been very reminiscent of Vale in his golden years. He’d play with people, then shoot off into the distance, just as MM is starting to do now. Maybe, despite the antipathy, Márquez is beginning to recognise that he has more in common with the master than either might care to admit.

Rossi did a lot of hamming it up in his GP500/MotoGP Honda days - smiling face right into the camera, blowing kisses to the camera, etc. while on the pre-race grid.

Rossi may have become popular by winning and being charming but he increased his popularity to the levels they are by creating extreme tribalism.  As we have seen in world politics recently… that’s not necessarily a good thing.

I certainly wouldn’t disagree with the first comment, that was the git phase. I don’t know about the tribalism though. I’d say he absolutely contributed by picking fights, but surely the media (and possibly Dorna) played a bigger part. It’s unpleasant, for sure, but I can’t help feeling it also widened the audience. I mean who had heard of Mick Doohan outside of the usual circles?

...and that he will continue to win, but I think that Sachsenring made it very clear that his Honda has no comparison in the circus. With that bike at least five pilots would be competing, and next year we'll have the demonstration with Lorenzo.