Pramac Ducati rider believes the 2019 MotoGP season was “definitely” his most complete season in grand prix racing, even more so than ’14 when he fought for the Moto3 title.
Some big names with substantial achievements in 2019 ended up missing from our countdown of top 20 motorcycle riders of the year. Below, we outline the most obvious omissions.
Motorsport.com selects its top 20 bike racing competitors of 2019, with the first half of the countdown featuring riders from MotoGP, Moto2, Moto3, World Superbike, national-level series and road racing.
EG0,0 rider Sergio Garcia took his maiden Moto3 victory in a chaotic season finale in Valencia, which was both delayed and red-flagged, as debutant Xavier Artigas starred.
Newly-crowned Moto3 champion Lorenzo Dalla Porta claimed victory in the penultimate round of the 2019 Moto3 season at Sepang, as a highside for Gabriel Rodrigo wiped the early leaders out of the race.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta capitalised on an early crash for Aron Canet to wrap up the 2019 Moto3 title at Phillip Island on Sunday.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta made a huge step towards the 2019 Moto3 title by taking victory at Motegi, while his two nearest rivals in the points, Aron Canet and Tony Arbolino, crashed.
Angel Nieto rider Albert Arenas beat Lorenzo Dalla Porta to win a thrilling Moto3 race in Thailand as Aron Canet had a drama for the third time in four races.
Romano Fenati will contest an eighth season of Moto3 with the Max Biaggi-owned Max Racing Team outfit next year.
Team entry lists have been issued for the 2020 Moto2 and Moto3 seasons, with the intermediate class dropping to a full-time contingent of 15 two-bike teams next year.
Moto3 race winner Khairul Idham Pawi will drop back down to the lightweight class next season with the Petronas Sprinta Racing squad.
Aron Canet took a dominant Moto3 victory on home soil at Aragon as his championship rivals Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Tony Arbolino both struggled.
Valentino Rossi protege Marco Bezzecchi will move across to join his mentor's VR46 team for the 2020 Moto2 season alongside Luca Marini.
SIC58 rider Tatsuki Suzuki scored his maiden victory in Moto3 in a thrilling race at Misano as title contender Aron Canet suffered a bike failure.
Lorenzo Dalla Porta, the current leader of the Moto3 points standings, will step up to Moto2 next season with the Italtrans squad.
Leopard Racing's Marcos Ramirez scored his second Moto3 victory at Silverstone, beating Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Tony Arbolino, while title contender Aron Canet suffered a crash.
Moto3 title contender Aron Canet will step up to the Moto2 class in 2020, after signing a one-year deal to join the Angel Nieto team.
The Tech 3 motorcycle racing team will follow its partner KTM in leaving the Moto2 class in 2020, and will instead set up a two-bike Moto3 operation.
Romano Fenati took the first win of his comeback Moto3 season at the Red Bull Ring, escaping into the distance after fighting off teammate Tony Arbolino.
KTM has announced it will retain a factory MotoGP programme at least until the end of 2026, but will pull out of the intermediate Moto2 class as early as next year.
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