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2008 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season

2008 F.I.M. Grand Prix motorcycle racing season
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2008 World Champions
Valentino Rossi became the MotoGP world champion
Marco Simoncelli became the 250cc world champion

The 2008 Grand Prix motorcycle racing season was the 60th F.I.M. Road Racing World Championship season.

Season reviewEdit

MotoGPEdit

The MotoGP class opened with the historic Qatar Grand Prix, the first night race held in the World Championship history. The race was won by Ducati's Casey Stoner ahead of rookie Jorge Lorenzo, who started on pole in the first race in the top class, and Dani Pedrosa.

In Spain Pedrosa won his first race of the year, ahead of Rossi and Lorenzo, while Stoner struggled with technical problems on his bike and finished 11th after twice going out on the gravel. At the Portugal GP, Lorenzo started on pole and won his first MotoGP race, ahead of Pedrosa and Rossi.

In China Rossi took his first win of the season and the first of three consecutive first places, after a weekend dominated by rain and cold temperatures; he then won in France and in front of his home crowd in Italy.

Stoner won the three consecutive races in Britain, the Netherlands and Germany, also obtaining pole position and the fastest lap in all three.

The United States race at Laguna Seca was the biggest turning point of the season. Before the race Stoner trailed Rossi on the standings by only 20 points. The Australian took pole position and started the race in first position. However, Rossi passed Stoner in the middle on the first lap, and Stoner could never make a decisive pass, and he stayed behind until the 24th lap, where he fell at the last corner. He re-mounted, but finished in second place while Rossi caught the first of five consecutive wins. In the next two races, Czech Republic and San Marino, Stoner fell off while leading from Rossi, who then won both times.

The race at Indianapolis was a particularly difficult due to track conditions: the arrival of Hurricane Ike over Indiana meant cold temperatures, heavy winds and rain for the whole race duration; the race was a battle between Rossi and former World Champion Nicky Hayden, who eventually took his first podium of the season. As Rossi began to pull a gap, heavy winds began to blow and the race was ended early with Rossi leading.

Two weeks later, in Japan, Rossi clinched his sixth premier class title with three races to go, by winning the race ahead of Stoner. The Australian then won his home race and in Valencia, while Rossi won in Malaysia.

250cc classEdit

The first four races of the season showed the early form of KTM and Mika Kallio, with two wins and two other third places, with strong showings by Marco Simoncelli, Alvaro Bautista and Mattia Pasini, who won the season opener in Qatar, his first race in the class. After the initial problems, though, Simoncelli had a run of 7 consecutive races on the podium, from China to Czech Republic. He started the season on a semi-works Aprilia LE (Gilera is a subsidiary of Aprilia, so Gilera racing bikes are rebranded Aprilia bikes), but his performances led Aprilia to give him a works Aprilia RSA, making him a de facto works rider.

After his strong start, Kallio couldn't keep the pace of Simoncelli, his KTM not being able to challenge the more powerful Aprilias in most tracks. Bautista got into shape well into the season, after a series of bad races and retirements due to problems with his bike and rider errors. After that, however, he also began a streak of podiums which lasted from Catalunya to Malaysia, but Simoncelli was too far ahead of him on the standings, and he won his first World Championship with one race to go.

125cc classEdit

Reigning champion Gábor Talmácsi stayed in the class, unlike other top names from last year who moved into 250cc category. Among the pre-season favourites were also Bradley Smith, Simone Corsi and Mike di Meglio. Talmácsi had dismal start to the season, with reliability problems on his new bike. Corsi won three of first six races and despite few bad results, looked good in the championship. However, Mike di Meglio won also multiple races, and having escaped without retirement until Misano, built up strong lead. He clinched the championship two races before the end. Corsi took second ahead of Talmácsi and Bradl who failed to finish the final race.

The season saw eight riders winning races: Talmácsi, Corsi, di Meglio, Sergio Gadea and four first-time winners: Andrea Iannone, Stefan Bradl, Nicolas Terol and Scott Redding, who became the youngest ever winner in the class. The season was completely dominated by the Piaggio bikes, (Aprilia, Derbi and Gilera), as Spanish Marc Márquez was only other rider to achieve podium place with his 3rd place in Donington.

2008 Grand Prix season calendarEdit

The following Grands Prix were scheduled to take place in 2008:[1][2]

The 2008 race schedule was released on July 2007.[3] The schedule was later revised, with Japan held before Australia, because of the original Australian date had a conflict with the AFL Grand Final. Two other changes were made. Portugal was moved from 20 April to 13 April and the Grand Finale in Valencia was on 26 October instead of 2 November, to avoid clashes with the F1 season finale.[4]

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit
1 9 March   Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar Losail International Circuit
2 30 March   Gran Premio bwin.com de España Circuito Permanente de Jerez
3 13 April   bwin.com Grande Prémio de Portugal Autódromo do Estoril
4 4 May   Pramac Grand Prix of China Shanghai International Circuit
5 18 May   Alice Grand Prix de France Bugatti Circuit
6 1 June   Gran Premio d'Italia Alice Mugello Circuit
7 8 June   Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya Circuit de Catalunya
8 22 June   bwin.com British Grand Prix Donington Park
9 28 June ††   A-Style TT Assen TT Circuit Assen
10 13 July   Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland Sachsenring
11 20 July †   Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
12 17 August   Cardion ab Grand Prix České republiky Brno Circuit
13 31 August   Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e Della Riviera di Rimini Misano World Circuit
14 14 September   Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix Indianapolis Motor Speedway
15 28 September   A-Style Grand Prix of Japan Twin Ring Motegi
16 5 October   Australian Grand Prix Phillip Island Circuit
17 19 October   Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix Sepang International Circuit
18 26 October   Gran Premio Parts Europe de la Comunitat Valenciana Circuit de Valencia
‡ = Night race[5]
† = MotoGP class only
†† = Saturday Race

Calendar changesEdit

2008 Grand Prix season resultsEdit

Round Date Grand Prix Circuit 125 cc winner 250 cc winner MotoGP winner Report
1 9 March   Qatar motorcycle Grand Prix Losail   Sergio Gadea   Mattia Pasini   Casey Stoner Report
2 30 March   Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix Jerez   Simone Corsi   Mika Kallio   Dani Pedrosa Report
3 13 April   Portuguese motorcycle Grand Prix Estoril   Simone Corsi   Álvaro Bautista   Jorge Lorenzo Report
4 4 May   Chinese motorcycle Grand Prix Shanghai   Andrea Iannone   Mika Kallio   Valentino Rossi Report
5 18 May   French motorcycle Grand Prix Le Mans   Mike di Meglio   Alex Debón   Valentino Rossi Report
6 1 June   Italian motorcycle Grand Prix Mugello   Simone Corsi   Marco Simoncelli   Valentino Rossi Report
7 8 June   Catalan motorcycle Grand Prix Catalunya   Mike di Meglio   Marco Simoncelli   Dani Pedrosa Report
8 22 June   British motorcycle Grand Prix Donington   Scott Redding   Mika Kallio   Casey Stoner Report
9 28 June ††   Dutch TT Assen   Gábor Talmácsi   Álvaro Bautista   Casey Stoner Report
10 13 July   German motorcycle Grand Prix Sachsenring   Mike di Meglio   Marco Simoncelli   Casey Stoner Report
11 20 July †   United States motorcycle Grand Prix Laguna Seca No 125cc and 250cc race   Valentino Rossi Report
12 17 August   Czech Republic motorcycle Grand Prix Brno   Stefan Bradl   Alex Debón   Valentino Rossi Report
13 31 August   San Marino and Rimini's Coast motorcycle Grand Prix Misano   Gábor Talmácsi   Álvaro Bautista   Valentino Rossi Report
14 14 September   Indianapolis motorcycle Grand Prix Indianapolis   Nicolás Terol Race cancelled   Valentino Rossi Report
15 28 September   Japanese motorcycle Grand Prix Motegi   Stefan Bradl   Marco Simoncelli   Valentino Rossi Report
16 5 October   Australian motorcycle Grand Prix Phillip Island   Mike di Meglio   Marco Simoncelli   Casey Stoner Report
17 19 October   Malaysian motorcycle Grand Prix Sepang   Gábor Talmácsi   Álvaro Bautista   Valentino Rossi Report
18 26 October   Valencian Community motorcycle Grand Prix Valencia   Simone Corsi   Marco Simoncelli   Casey Stoner Report
‡ = Night race[5]
† = MotoGP class only
†† = Saturday Race
  • The US MotoGP race at IMS run for two-thirds distance, 20 laps, before being called off because of the remnants of Hurricane Ike hitting the track during race day.
  • The 250cc race in Indianapolis was initially postponed to after the MotoGP race, then cancelled for the same reason.

ParticipantsEdit

MotoGP participantsEdit

Team Constructor Motorcycle Tyre No Rider Rounds
  Ducati Marlboro Team
Ducati Team (rd 11 and 14)
Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP8 B 1   Casey Stoner[8] All
33   Marco Melandri[9] All
  Repsol Honda Team Honda Honda RC212V B 2   Dani Pedrosa[10] 14-18
M 1-13
8   Tadayuki Okada[11] 6
69   Nicky Hayden[8] 1–11, 13–18
  JiR Team Scot MotoGP Honda Honda RC212V M 4   Andrea Dovizioso[12] All
  Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 M 5   Colin Edwards[13] All
52   James Toseland[14] All
  Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Suzuki Suzuki GSV-R B 7   Chris Vermeulen[15] All
9   Nobuatsu Aoki 17
11   Ben Spies[16] 8
11   Ben Spies 11, 14
64   Kousuke Akiyoshi 15
65   Loris Capirossi[17] 1–7, 9–18
  Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR B 12   Jamie Hacking 11
13   Anthony West[18] All
21   John Hopkins[19] 1–9, 12–18
  LCR Honda MotoGP Honda Honda RC212V M 14   Randy de Puniet[20] All
  San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda Honda RC212V B 15   Alex de Angelis[12] All
56   Shinya Nakano[21] All
  Alice Team Ducati Ducati Desmosedici GP8 Sat B 24   Toni Elías[22] All
50   Sylvain Guintoli[23] All
  Fiat Yamaha Team Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 B 46   Valentino Rossi[8] All
M 48   Jorge Lorenzo[24] All
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider
† = Switched from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres after the 13th round, the San Marino Grand Prix.

250cc participantsEdit

Team Motorcycle Tyre No Rider Rounds
Red Bull KTM 250 KTM D 4   Hiroshi Aoyama 1-10, 12-18
36   Mika Kallio 1-10, 12-18
Repsol KTM 250cc 60   Julián Simón 1-10, 12-18
Lotus Aprilia Aprilia D 6   Alex Debón [25] 1-10, 12-18
41   Aleix Espargaró 1-10, 12-18
Blusens Aprilia Aprilia D 7   Russell Gómez 3-10, 12, 18
43   Manuel Hernández 1-2, 13-18
50   Eugene Laverty 1-10, 12-14
92   Daniel Arcas 15-18
Team Toth Aprilia Aprilia D 10   Imre Tóth 1-10, 12-18
21   Héctor Barberá 1-10, 12-14
27   Stefano Bianco 16
93   Alen Győrfi 18
Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia D 12   Thomas Lüthi 1-10, 12-14, 17-18
Auto Kelly CP 52   Lukáš Pešek 1-10, 12-18
Thai Honda PTT SAG Honda D 14   Ratthapark Wilairot 1-10, 12-18
Metis Gilera Gilera D 15   Roberto Locatelli 1-10, 12-18
58   Marco Simoncelli 1-10, 12-18
Cardion AB Motoracing Aprilia D 17   Karel Abraham 1-10, 12-14, 16-18
Mapfre Aspar Team Aprilia D 19   Álvaro Bautista 1-10, 12-18
55   Héctor Faubel 1-10, 12-18
Matteoni Racing Aprilia D 25   Alex Baldolini 1-10, 12-18
90   Federico Sandi 12, 13
Campetella Racing Gilera D 27   Stefano Bianco 14
32   Fabrizio Lai 1-10, 12-18
35   Simone Grotzkyj 13-18
54   Manuel Poggiali 1-10, 12
Yamaha Pertamina Indonesia Yamaha D 45   Doni Tata Pradita 1-10, 12-18
JiR Team Scot 250cc Honda D 72   Yuki Takahashi 1-10, 12-18
Polaris World Aprilia D 75   Mattia Pasini 1-10, 12-18
Longevity Racing Yamaha D 29   Barrett Long 14
Team Infinity Replicast Yamaha D 38   Kyle Ferris 14
BM Groundworks Yamaha D 63   Toby Markham 8
Jaap Kingma Racing Aprilia D 64   Frederik Watz 9
Burning Blood Racing Team Honda D 65   Takumi Takahashi 15
Project U FRS Honda D 66   Shoya Tomizawa 15
RT Morinokumasan-Satohjuku Yamaha B 67   Kazuki Watanabe 15
Dog Fight Racing Yamaha D 68   Yuuki Ito 15
Ser.Spruce/Pro-Tec Yamaha D 69   Takumi Endoh 15
Zongshen Team of China Aprilia D 89   Ho Wan Chow 3, 5, 10, 16
90   Federico Sandi 3, 5, 10
Zongshen AOS Racing 16, 18
Paddock Competições Honda D 91   Sérgio Batista 3
Team Honda Merson Honda D 92   Daniel Arcas 7
Motorcycle Competition Service Honda D 93   Alen Győrfi 10, 13
Racing Team Germany Honda D 94   Toni Wirsing 10, 12-13, 18
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

125cc participantsEdit

Team Motorcycle Tyre No Rider Rounds
Bancaja Aspar Team Aprilia D 1   Gábor Talmácsi 1-10, 12-18
26   Adrián Martín 13, 15-18
30   Pere Tutusaus 1-10, 12
33   Sergio Gadea 1-10, 12-18
54   PJ Jacobsen 14
Loncin Racing Loncin D 5   Alexis Masbou 1-10, 12-18
16   Jules Cluzel 1-4, 6-10, 12-18
61   Gioele Pellino 5
Belson Derbi Derbi D 6   Joan Olivé 1-10, 12-18
44   Pol Espargaró 1-7, 10, 12-18
Blusens Aprilia Junior Aprilia D 7   Efrén Vázquez 1-10, 12-18
45   Scott Redding 1-10, 12-18
BQR Blusens 13   Dino Lombardi 1, 3
ISPA KTM Aran KTM D 8   Lorenzo Zanetti 1-10, 12-18
28   Enrique Jerez 16-18
71   Tomoyoshi Koyama 1-10, 12-15
74   Davide Stirpe 14
Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia D 11   Sandro Cortese 1-10, 12-18
Repsol KTM 125 KTM D 12   Esteve Rabat 1-10, 12-18
93   Marc Márquez 2-10, 12-17
Red Bull KTM 125 34   Randy Krummenacher 1-2, 4-10, 12-13, 16-18
94   Jonas Folger 14-15, 18
71   Tomoyoshi Koyama 17-18
Red Bull MotoGP Academy 94   Jonas Folger 12-13, 17
Grizzly Gas Kiefer Racing Aprilia D 17   Stefan Bradl 1-10, 12-18
21   Robin Lässer 1-2, 4-10, 12-18
95   Robert Mureșan 1-10, 12, 14-18
42   Luca Vitali 13
Jack & Jones WRB Aprilia D 18   Nicolás Terol 1-10, 12-18
24   Simone Corsi 1-10, 12-18
14   Axel Pons 2, 3, 7
Matteoni Racing Aprilia D 19   Roberto Lacalendola 1-9
72   Marco Ravaioli 10, 12-18
96   Lukáš Šembera 12
Onde 2000 KTM KTM D 22   Pablo Nieto 1-10, 12-18
35   Raffaele De Rosa 1-10, 12-18
S3+ WTR San Marino Team Aprilia D 27   Stefano Bianco 1-6, 8-9
48   Bastien Chesaux 10, 12-18
I.C. Team Aprilia D 29   Andrea Iannone 1-10, 12-18
40   Lorenzo Savadori 18
60   Michael Ranseder 1-10, 12-18
73   Takaaki Nakagami 1-10, 12-18
Polaris World Aprilia D 38   Bradley Smith 1-10, 12-18
Degraaf Grand Prix Aprilia D 51   Stevie Bonsey 1-10, 12-18
56   Hugo van den Berg 1-10, 12-18
83   Jerry van de Bunt 9
99   Danny Webb 1-8, 10, 12-18
Ajo Motorsport Derbi D 63   Mike Di Meglio 1-10, 12-18
77   Dominique Aegerter 1-10, 12-18
Ajo Motorsports Jnr. Project 84   Robert Gull 9
FFM Honda GP 125 Honda D 69   Louis Rossi 1-2, 4-10, 12-13, 18
36   Cyril Carrillo 3, 5, 14-17
Bancaja Mir CEV Aprilia D 23   Julián Miralles 18
Alpo Atlético de Madrid Aprilia D 25   Cristian Trabalón 18
30   Pere Tutusaus 18
Honda 76   Iván Maestro 2
SAG Castrol Honda D 31   Jordi Dalmau 7
Leigh-Smith Racing Honda D 32   Blake Leigh-Smith 16
Czech Road Racing JNR. Aprilia D 37   Karel Pešek 3, 12
Junior GP Racing Dream Aprilia D 39   Ferruccio Lamborghini 6
49   Gennaro Sabatino 13
RCGM Aprilia D 40   Lorenzo Savadori 6, 13
42   Luca Vitali 6
ADAC Nordbayern e.V. Aprilia D 41   Tobias Siegert 5, 10
Metasystem RS Honda D 43   Gabriele Ferro 6, 14
Gross Racing Yamaha D 46   Brad Gross 16
CRP Racing Honda D 47   Riccardo Moretti 6, 13
DYDO Miu Racing Honda B 50   Hiroomi Iwata 15
Villiers Team Competition Honda D 52   Steven Le Coquen 5
Racing Motoclub Circuit D'Albi KTM D 53   Valentin Debise 5
Honda Suzuka Racing Honda B 57   Iori Namihira 15
18 Garage Racing Honda D 58   Yuuichi Yanagisawa 15
Battle Factory Honda D 59   Hiroki Ono 15
Team Plus One Honda B 62   Kazuma Watanabe 15
SP 125 Racing/Mackrory Demolition Honda D 64   Matthew Hoyle 8
Buildbase/Knotts Honda D 65   Luke Hinton 8
Connor Behan Racing Honda D 66   Connor Behan 8
Vent-Axia Honda D 67   Lee Costello 8
KRP Honda D 68   Paul Jordan 8
Rhys Moller Racing Honda D 70   Rhys Moller 16
Andalucía Derbi Derbi D 75   Ricard Cardús 7, 18
79   Alberto Moncayo 2
Hune Matteoni Aprilia D 76   Iván Maestro 3, 7
Gaviota Prosolia Racing Aprilia D 78   Daniel Sáez 2, 7, 18
Abbink Bos Racing Seel D 80   Joey Litjens 9
81   Jasper Iwema 9
Dutch Racing Team Honda D 82   Michael van der Mark 9
Kiefer Bos Sotin Jnr. Team Seel D 85   Marvin Fritz 10
Team Sachsenring Aprilia D 86   Eric Hübsch 10
Toni Mang Team Honda D 87   Marcel Schrötter 10
RZT-Racing Honda D 88   Sebastian Kreuziger 10
RV Racing Team Honda D 89   Ernst Dubbink 9
Veloce Racing Aprilia D 90   Kristian Lee Turner 14
Angelo's Aluminium Racing Honda D 91   Jed Metcher 16
Team Anchor Yamaha Honda D 92   Jake Horne 16
Roha'c & Fetja Motoracing Aprilia D 97   Michal Prášek 12
Eurowag Junior Racing Honda D 98   Andrea Toušková 12
Key
Regular Rider
Wildcard Rider
Replacement Rider

StandingsEdit

MotoGP riders' standingsEdit

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. Rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Riders marked with light blue background were eligible for Rookie of the Year awards.
Pos. Rider Team QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
USA
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Valentino Rossi Yamaha 5 2 3 1 1 1 2 2 11 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 373
2   Casey Stoner Ducati 1 11 6 3 16 2 3 1 1 1 2 Ret Ret 4 2 1 6 1 280
3   Dani Pedrosa Honda 3 1 2 2 4 3 1 3 2 Ret WD 15 4 8 3 Ret 2 2 249
4   Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha 2 3 1 4 2 Ret WD 6 6 Ret Ret 10 2 3 4 4 Ret 8 190
5   Andrea Dovizioso Honda 4 8 Ret 11 6 8 4 5 5 5 4 9 8 5 9 7 3 4 174
6   Nicky Hayden Honda 10 4 Ret 6 8 13 8 7 4 13 5 DNS 2 5 3 4 5 155
7   Colin Edwards Yamaha 7 Ret 4 7 3 5 5 4 3 Ret 14 14 10 15 7 8 8 6 144
8   Chris Vermeulen Suzuki 17 10 8 Ret 5 10 7 8 7 3 3 6 5 9 Ret 15 9 13 128
9   Shinya Nakano Honda 13 9 10 10 10 9 9 9 8 9 10 4 12 17 8 5 5 7 126
10   Loris Capirossi Suzuki 8 5 9 9 7 7 Ret WD 7 15 3 7 16 6 10 7 9 118
11   James Toseland Yamaha 6 6 7 12 Ret 6 6 17 9 11 9 13 6 18 11 6 Ret 11 105
12   Toni Elías Ducati 14 15 12 8 11 12 DSQ 11 12 12 7 2 3 12 16 11 15 18 92
13   Sylvain Guintoli Ducati 15 16 14 15 13 11 13 13 10 6 12 12 11 7 14 14 13 12 67
14   Alex de Angelis Honda Ret 14 11 16 12 4 Ret 15 Ret 4 13 8 Ret 10 17 Ret 14 10 63
15   Randy de Puniet Honda 9 Ret 15 13 9 Ret Ret 12 Ret 8 6 16 Ret 13 12 9 10 15 61
16   John Hopkins Kawasaki 12 7 5 14 Ret Ret 10 Ret DNS 11 14 14 10 13 11 14 57
17   Marco Melandri Ducati 11 12 13 5 15 Ret 11 16 13 Ret 16 7 9 19 13 16 16 16 51
18   Anthony West Kawasaki 16 13 16 17 14 15 12 10 Ret 10 17 5 13 11 15 12 12 17 50
19   Ben Spies Suzuki 14 8 6 20
20   Jamie Hacking Kawasaki 11 5
21   Tadayuki Okada Honda 14 2
  Nobuatsu Aoki Suzuki 17 0
  Kousuke Akiyoshi Suzuki Ret 0
Pos. Rider Bike QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
USA
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap

250cc riders' standingsEdit

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. Rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Riders marked with light blue background were eligible for Rookie of the Year awards.
Pos. Rider Team QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Marco Simoncelli Gilera Ret Ret 2 4 2 1 1 2 3 1 3 6 C 1 1 3 1 281
2   Álvaro Bautista Aprilia 6 Ret 1 12 14 Ret 2 3 1 3 2 1 C 2 2 1 3 244
3   Mika Kallio KTM 3 1 3 1 5 4 Ret 1 7 4 5 Ret C 5 3 Ret 11 196
4   Alex Debón Aprilia 4 6 Ret 5 1 2 4 7 4 Ret 1 Ret C 3 5 6 Ret 176
5   Yuki Takahashi Honda 5 3 6 7 4 Ret 12 9 8 9 6 2 C 6 7 4 2 167
6   Héctor Barberá Aprilia 2 5 8 6 12 Ret 3 4 5 2 4 3 C DNS 142
7   Hiroshi Aoyama KTM 16 4 5 2 7 8 7 6 6 8 13 Ret C 9 Ret 2 5 139
8   Mattia Pasini Aprilia 1 2 Ret 3 3 5 6 Ret Ret 6 7 Ret C 8 Ret Ret 9 132
9   Roberto Locatelli Gilera 8 8 Ret 11 13 6 Ret 11 9 10 9 4 C 10 6 7 4 110
10   Julián Simón KTM 11 7 7 Ret 8 11 9 8 10 5 12 5 C 4 4 Ret Ret 109
11   Thomas Lüthi Aprilia 15 Ret 4 Ret 11 3 5 5 2 7 Ret 7 C 9 10 108
12   Aleix Espargaró Aprilia 9 9 11 9 9 9 Ret 10 17 13 10 Ret C 7 8 5 7 92
13   Ratthapark Wilairot Honda 13 12 13 8 15 10 11 16 12 16 11 8 C 13 9 8 8 73
14   Héctor Faubel Aprilia 10 Ret 9 10 10 Ret 8 15 11 14 8 Ret C 11 Ret Ret 6 64
15   Lukáš Pešek Aprilia Ret 10 10 Ret Ret Ret 10 13 15 Ret 14 9 C 12 14 10 Ret 43
16   Karel Abraham Aprilia 7 13 16 Ret Ret 7 Ret 12 DNS Ret Ret 10 C DNS 11 12 17 40
17   Alex Baldolini Aprilia Ret 11 12 Ret 16 12 13 Ret 14 11 15 Ret C 16 12 13 12 35
18   Fabrizio Lai Gilera 12 Ret Ret 14 Ret 14 15 17 13 12 17 11 15 10 11 Ret 33
19   Manuel Poggiali Gilera 14 Ret 17 Ret 6 Ret 14 14 Ret DNS DNS 16
20   Imre Tóth Aprilia Ret 15 18 16 18 15 Ret Ret 20 17 Ret Ret C 22 13 15 13 9
21   Eugene Laverty Aprilia Ret Ret 15 13 Ret 13 Ret Ret 16 15 16 Ret C 8
22   Federico Sandi Aprilia 14 17 Ret 18 12 Ret 18 6
23   Manuel Hernández Aprilia Ret 14 13 C 19 Ret 16 16 5
24   Simone Grotzkyj Gilera 15 C Ret 15 14 15 4
25   Daniel Arcas Honda Ret 2
Aprilia 20 16 17 14
26   Shoya Tomizawa Honda 14 2
27   Toni Wirsing Honda 20 20 14 Ret 2
28   Doni Tata Pradita Yamaha 17 16 19 15 Ret 17 18 19 19 19 19 16 C 18 17 18 19 1
  Russell Gómez Aprilia Ret 17 19 16 17 18 Ret Ret 21 0
  Takumi Takahashi Honda 17 0
  Alen Győrfi Honda 18 DNQ 0
Aprilia Ret
  Frederik Watz Aprilia 18 0
  Takumi Endoh Yamaha 21 0
  Yuuki Ito Yamaha 23 0
  Ho Wan Chow Aprilia Ret DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
  Kazuki Watanabe Yamaha DNS 0
  Toby Markham Yamaha DNS 0
  Stefano Bianco Gilera C 0
Aprilia DNQ
  Barrett Long Yamaha C 0
  Kyle Ferris Yamaha C 0
  Sérgio Batista Honda DNQ 0
Pos. Rider Bike QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap

125cc riders' standingsEdit

Points are awarded to the top fifteen finishers. Rider has to finish the race to earn points.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
  • Riders marked with light blue background were eligible for Rookie of the Year awards.
Pos. Rider Team QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Mike Di Meglio Derbi 4 9 7 2 1 4 1 2 7 1 2 Ret 10 2 1 5 3 264
2   Simone Corsi Aprilia 7 1 1 Ret 13 1 5 5 3 5 10 3 7 7 8 3 1 225
3   Gábor Talmácsi Aprilia 12 Ret 6 3 14 2 3 Ret 1 3 4 1 14 3 3 1 Ret 206
4   Stefan Bradl Aprilia 3 4 8 5 6 10 4 Ret 12 2 1 Ret 3 1 2 Ret Ret 187
5   Nicolás Terol Aprilia 10 2 3 8 3 7 Ret 18 9 7 5 5 1 5 Ret 9 2 176
6   Bradley Smith Aprilia 16 3 Ret Ret 2 5 14 10 5 4 6 2 8 Ret Ret 2 4 150
7   Joan Olivé Derbi 2 Ret 2 6 8 9 Ret 7 2 Ret 3 12 12 4 14 7 Ret 142
8   Sandro Cortese Aprilia 11 10 10 16 11 8 8 9 4 6 7 7 5 6 6 4 5 141
9   Pol Espargaró Derbi 8 14 13 4 4 3 2 DNS 16 8 Ret 2 Ret 5 6 DNS 124
10   Andrea Iannone Aprilia 14 18 11 1 5 12 Ret Ret 8 11 9 6 Ret Ret 4 10 6 106
11   Scott Redding Aprilia 5 7 21 Ret Ret 14 6 1 Ret 8 11 Ret 4 8 10 Ret 8 105
12   Sergio Gadea Aprilia 1 Ret 9 Ret 20 6 9 4 Ret Ret 12 10 18 9 Ret 12 Ret 83
13   Marc Márquez KTM WD 18 12 Ret 19 10 3 Ret 9 Ret 4 6 Ret 9 WD 63
14   Esteve Rabat KTM 24 12 Ret 11 17 25 DNS 11 6 DSQ 13 9 Ret Ret 7 Ret 10 49
15   Stevie Bonsey Aprilia Ret 6 4 14 Ret 11 7 17 17 17 Ret Ret 9 20 Ret Ret Ret 46
16   Dominique Aegerter Derbi 17 8 12 17 23 24 12 19 16 10 14 8 11 19 Ret 8 Ret 45
17   Tomoyoshi Koyama KTM Ret 13 16 13 Ret Ret 13 6 13 Ret Ret 18 19 11 11 7 41
18   Raffaele De Rosa KTM Ret 11 Ret 9 9 13 Ret 14 10 Ret Ret Ret 13 12 Ret Ret Ret 37
19   Danny Webb Aprilia 6 Ret 5 Ret 21 Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret 14 15 10 DNS Ret Ret 35
20   Efrén Vázquez Aprilia 9 Ret 15 10 Ret 18 16 WD Ret 15 18 11 20 14 11 DNS 12 31
21   Pablo Nieto KTM 18 5 Ret DNS Ret Ret Ret Ret 20 14 16 Ret Ret 18 13 14 9 25
22   Lorenzo Zanetti KTM 21 Ret Ret Ret 7 20 Ret 15 Ret Ret 19 Ret 30 17 12 13 11 22
23   Michael Ranseder Aprilia 15 16 14 7 Ret 15 17 12 14 Ret 21 13 Ret Ret DNQ 22
24   Takaaki Nakagami Aprilia 19 15 19 Ret 16 16 22 8 Ret 18 Ret 19 Ret 13 Ret Ret 16 12
25   Randy Krummenacher KTM 22 WD Ret 10 17 15 13 19 Ret 23 26 21 19 17 10
26   Pere Tutusaus Aprilia 20 19 22 15 12 21 19 22 21 12 20 Ret 9
27   Stefano Bianco Aprilia 13 Ret 17 DNS Ret Ret 18 20 11 8
28   Alexis Masbou Loncin Ret 21 20 Ret 15 27 Ret Ret 23 20 26 Ret 26 15 Ret Ret 14 4
29   Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 22 Ret 13 3
30   Marcel Schrötter Honda 13 3
31   Robin Lässer Aprilia 23 DNS Ret Ret 28 Ret 21 22 Ret 15 20 17 23 15 20 Ret 2
32   Enrique Jerez KTM 19 Ret 15 1
33   Adrián Martín Aprilia Ret 25 17 15 Ret 1
34   Jonas Folger KTM Ret 15 24 16 17 18 1
35   Hugo van den Berg Aprilia Ret Ret Ret 19 Ret 29 21 25 15 Ret 25 24 21 Ret Ret Ret Ret 1
  Jules Cluzel Loncin Ret 17 Ret DNS 23 20 16 18 Ret 24 16 16 Ret Ret 16 19 0
  Marco Ravaioli Aprilia 23 22 17 Ret 21 16 18 20 0
  Lukáš Šembera Aprilia 17 0
  Louis Rossi Honda 25 24 WD 18 19 32 25 23 24 21 29 23 23 0
  Roberto Lacalendola Aprilia Ret 20 DNS Ret 18 Ret 23 27 Ret 0
  Cyril Carrillo Honda 25 Ret 28 26 18 DNS 0
  Marvin Fritz Seel 19 0
  Jed Metcher Honda 20 0
  Robert Mureșan Aprilia Ret 26 24 Ret 22 34 24 24 25 22 27 25 Ret Ret 22 21 0
  Bastien Chesaux Aprilia Ret 28 22 23 Ret Ret 21 22 0
  Gabriele Ferro Honda 31 21 0
  Iván Maestro Honda 22 0
Aprilia 27 Ret
  Yuuichi Yanagisawa Honda 22 0
  PJ Jacobsen Aprilia 22 0
  Daniel Sáez Aprilia 23 27 24 0
  Dino Lombardi Aprilia Ret 23 0
  Tobias Siegert Aprilia Ret 24 0
  Hiroki Ono Honda 24 0
  Luca Vitali Aprilia 30 25 0
  Cristian Trabalón Aprilia 25 0
  Alberto Moncayo Derbi 25 0
  Axel Pons Aprilia Ret 26 Ret 0
  Ricard Cardús Derbi 26 Ret 0
  Riccardo Moretti Honda 26 Ret 0
  Michael van der Mark Honda 26 0
  Lee Costello Honda 26 0
  Davide Stirpe KTM 27 0
  Robert Gull Derbi 27 0
  Karel Pešek Aprilia 28 Ret 0
  Jasper Iwema Seel 28 0
  Kristian Lee Turner Aprilia 29 0
  Ernst Dubbink Honda 29 0
  Michal Prášek Aprilia 30 0
  Jerry van de Bunt Aprilia 30 0
  Andrea Toušková Honda 31 0
  Ferruccio Lamborghini Aprilia 33 0
  Julián Miralles Aprilia DSQ 0
  Rhys Moller Honda Ret 0
  Brad Gross Yamaha Ret 0
  Kazuma Watanabe Honda Ret 0
  Iori Namihira Honda Ret 0
  Hiroomi Iwata Honda Ret 0
  Gennaro Sabatino Aprilia Ret 0
  Sebastian Kreuziger Honda Ret 0
  Eric Hübsch Aprilia Ret 0
  Joey Litjens Seel Ret 0
  Matthew Hoyle Honda Ret 0
  Connor Behan Honda Ret 0
  Paul Jordan Honda Ret 0
  Luke Hinton Honda Ret 0
  Jordi Dalmau Honda Ret 0
  Steven Le Coquen Honda Ret 0
  Gioele Pellino Loncin Ret 0
  Valentin Debise KTM DNS 0
  Blake Leigh-Smith Honda DNQ 0
  Jake Horne Honda DNQ 0
Pos. Rider Bike QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold – Pole position
Italics – Fastest lap

Constructors' standingsEdit

  • Each constructor gets the same number of points as their best placed rider in each race.

MotoGPEdit

Pos Constructor QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
USA
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Yamaha 2 2 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 402
2   Ducati 1 11 6 3 15 2 3 1 1 1 2 2 3 4 2 1 6 1 321
3   Honda 3 1 2 2 4 3 1 3 2 4 4 4 4 2 3 3 2 2 315
4   Suzuki 8 5 8 9 5 7 7 8 7 3 3 3 5 6 6 10 7 9 181
5   Kawasaki 12 7 5 14 14 15 10 10 Ret 10 11 5 13 11 10 12 11 14 88
Pos. Constructor QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
USA
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts

250ccEdit

  • Each constructor gets the same number of points as their best placed rider in each race.
Pos Constructor QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Aprilia 1 2 1 3 1 2 2 3 1 2 1 1 C 2 2 1 3 343
2   Gilera 8 8 2 4 2 1 1 2 3 1 3 4 C 1 1 3 1 300
3   KTM 3 1 3 1 5 4 7 1 6 4 5 5 C 4 3 2 5 245
4   Honda 5 3 6 7 4 10 11 9 8 9 6 2 C 6 7 4 2 174
5   Yamaha 17 16 19 15 Ret 17 18 19 19 19 19 16 C 18 17 18 19 1
Pos. Constructor QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts

125ccEdit

  • Each constructor gets the same number of points as their best placed rider in each race.
Pos Constructor QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts
1   Aprilia 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 401
2   Derbi 2 8 2 2 1 3 1 2 2 1 2 8 2 2 1 5 3 319
3   KTM 18 5 16 9 7 13 10 3 6 9 13 4 6 11 7 11 7 123
4   Loncin Ret 17 20 Ret 15 23 20 16 18 20 24 16 16 15 Ret 16 14 4
5   Honda 25 22 25 18 19 26 25 23 24 13 29 21 28 22 18 DNS 23 3
  Seel 28 19 0
  Yamaha Ret 0
Pos. Constructor QAT
 
ESP
 
POR
 
CHN
 
FRA
 
ITA
 
CAT
 
GBR
 
NED
 
GER
 
CZE
 
SMR
 
IND
 
JPN
 
AUS
 
MAL
 
VAL
 
Pts

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