Bengaluru, December 1: Nine different winners in premier class, a change of guard at the top with a new champion — Joan Mir — being crowned. The MotoGP could not have expected a better script in 2020! If history-making has a propensity to get overused, then the 2020 FIM MotoGP World Championship truly deserves the moniker.
With reigning champion Marc Marquez rendered hors-de-combat after getting injured during the season-opener in Jerez and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi struggling to match the pace with the current lot, the 2020 FIM MotoGP Championship was thrown wide open. But what unfolded later was sheer drama as nine different winners emerged in the premier class (equalling the all-time record set in 2016) and a new winner was crowned by the end of the season.
That is something worth celebrating in a season which initially looked a non-starter due to the threat posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which forced the organisers — FIM and Dorna Sports — to reschedule the calendar from the regular March start to a delayed July opening.