Amidst the injuries, crashes and team challenges, the 2017 MotoGP World Championship has been ever changing week by week. “Who will win the championship?” has been a question asked from day dot, let alone “who will win this weekend?“. This season has chopped and changed between five riders and now it’s down to just two.

Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Maverick Vinales, Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa set off the year on a high winning victories, achieving podiums and conquering difficult conditions to finish in the best position possible. Through it all there has been various injuries sustained which have caused setbacks, nevertheless causing the championship to settle slightly. Training is an essential part of a riders life and ensures they are at their peak fitness level. Some more risky than others, it is a riders decision to chose which method they train and what helps them reach their potential. It is all part of the game. Valentino Rossi fell victim to training, breaking his leg and knocking him out of one GP but more importantly championship contention. 2017 isn’t his year, but as long as he is winning or at least competing for victories, we think he’ll continue to grace the MotoGP paddock. 

The second half of the season has ultimately shook up championship. Races won, races lost and races too difficult to overcome. Vinales and Pedrosa after giving it their all have dropped out of the fight. Pedrosa remains the second rider to attain the most podiums behind championship leader Marquez and Vinales has proved that he is at one with his new Yamaha this year. He has had consistent improvement throughout the season even when it seemed the worst was something he was unable to overcome. These two have so much to be proud of this season, they may have lost out on the title fight but they have surely achieved personal bests this season. 

Dovizioso was another unfortunate a victim of a bad weekend at The Island finishing out of the top 10. Ducati found themselves fighting against a battle that wasn’t giving them any slack. It was a constant challenge to make progress and get their bike closer to the front. A challenge that seemingly got the best of them all the way until they crossed the chequered flag. With less and less room to make mistakes, last weekends mistake was one Dovizioso mightn’t be able to recover from. His championship rival Marquez finished in first giving him that extra inch to run away with the title. Malaysia could possibly be that little bit extra to come out victorious. Although we do cross our fingers for a Valencia showdown! 

In Sachsenring a mere 11 points separated the first four riders in the championship, now it’s down to 33 points and just two riders. Marc Marquez the current World Champion and Andrea Dovizioso a dedicated rider who continues his hunt for a World Title. The combination of Marquez and his team during this 2017 season has been a true love affair that just feels oh so right and the pure drive and passion that Dovizioso exudes proves he doesn’t give in to any battle. 

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Sienna Wedes
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Sienna manages all FORMULA Magazine social media platforms covering news on a daily basis with higher emphasis during MotoGP rounds. She coordinates specific interviews with race engineers and chief mechanics. Growing up in a motorsport family Sienna understands the sport and what the supporters and fans enjoy.