2018 MotoGP Championship Standings After Round 14, Aragon, Spain

1 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 246  
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 174 -72
3 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 159 -87
4 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 130 -116
5 Maverick VINALES Yamaha 130 -116
6 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 119 -127
7 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 119 -127
8 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 112 -134
9 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 108 -138
10 Alex RINS Suzuki 92 -154
11 Dani PEDROSA Honda 87 -159
12 Jack MILLER Ducati 68 -178
13 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 64 -182
14 Tito RABAT Ducati 35 -211
15 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 32 -214
16 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 31 -215
17 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 29 -217
18 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 24 -222
19 Bradley SMITH KTM 18 -228
20 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 18 -228
21 Scott REDDING Aprilia 12 -234
22 Mika KALLIO KTM 6 -240
23 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 5 -241
24 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1 -245
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Yamaha have had a terrible year, yet their riders are still 3rd and 5th. Probably won't stay that way (they'll both go south) but its a measure of how dominant MM has been, particularly in the first half of the season.

the lack of consistency from other riders who have been podium threats. But the decline in Yamaha's fortune is very evident in the Constructor and Team title battles.

Last year after 13 GPs they had 244 points in the Constructor's table and 340 for the Movistar team. Now they have 202 and 289. It's a huge fall.

The last time they were so far behind in both title battles was in 2007, but that had a lot to do with tyres and Rossi still won 4 races that season and was much more competitive in general.

This situation seems to have much in common with the previous Ducati culture where riders rode what they were given and engineers decided what was theoretically the best technology to ride.

We seem to have now gone beyond the need for some electronic tweaking and the talk of V4 engines and adjustable flywheels suggests that the whole technological approach has moved on.

Is there now a more serious crisis and the Japanese designers have failed to keep abreast of the evolution of bike performance?

The introduction of a test team may presage upcoming developments (assuming they must have new parts to test). I hope it is not the cheap solution to the real need for a radical re-think and new solutions rather than tweaking.

Ducati never seemed to have a budget problem, but is that what is causing Yamaha’s crisis?

Rossi does not have time to waste, and could his evident frustration see the re-forged relationship with Yamaha melt down and be re-cast?

contracts can be re-negotiated and compensation paid. However, we are all worse off without a competitive M1 and I’m hoping Yamaha are working on it, at a suitably quick pace....