Many keys have been tapped to emphasise the openness and unpredictability of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship with more twists and turns than a day out at the Nordschleife.
While ‘only’ 14 rounds took place in 2020, nine different race winners, 15 riders getting at least one trip to the podium and a championship lead that was only ever 37 points at its loftiest tells its own story without having to delve into the statistics.
Even beyond that, look beyond Joan – who won the championship with one win and fairly scant 13 points – demonstrates how tight it was, while a margin of just 14 points from third right down to ninth is another.
2020 MotoGP World Championship Visualiser
But words are merely that, here is a chance to visualise the course of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship season from Fabio Quartararo’s rocketship start to the year to his slump right down the order by the end of it, to Mir’s stealthy ascent to the top prior to his defining maiden win in Valencia.
There is plenty more in between as fluctuations in form and momentum made even the most minor of errors make a big difference overall.
Attention now turns to 2021 when MotoGP will hopefully return to a full strength calendar outside of Europe, where a number of new combinations – Fabio Quartararo at Yamaha Factory, Valentino Rossi at Petronas SRT Yamaha, Jack Miller on Ducati Corse, Pol Espargaro at Repsol Honda – will look to grab the #1 plate back from Joan Mir and Suzuki.