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EIGHT IS THEMAGIC NUMBER

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A hell of a lot has happened in MotoGP over the summer months, but perhaps the most telling indication of how the sweeping new technical specifications have impacted on this remarkable season is the number 'eight'. That's because, if you didn't already know, there were eight different winners in a row, which has never happened before in the history of the sport.

The bizarre occurrence began with Jorge Lorenzo's victory at Mugello, and he was followed by Valentino Rossi, then Jack Miller, Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone, Cal Crutchlow, Maverick Vinales and lastly, Dani Pedrosa.

On quite a few occasions as this season approached, we repeatedly warned everyone to expect some oddball results. A swap in tyres is disruptive enough, but add to that the inclusion of specification electronics and that's a large enough spanner to wreck the big teams’ flow. However, even knowing this, we couldn't have fathomed such a tear-up in the form guide.

Another big part of the shake-up has also been the weather, which has scuppered some and given others the chance to shine. Let's be clear, though, had this been last year, you would have needed some extra special interventions or circumstances for those such as Crutch low and Miller to have won – and that's no offence to that pair, not one bit. Poor weather has always been a big equaliser, but it's still been one of the top boys winning in those conditions. Until this year, that is, not that we're complaining!

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