I thought I found a cool stat this morning. I thought I had a fantastic blog that would blow you doggies away coming. And I was wrong after digging just a tiny bit deeper.
The cool stat: Through three rounds NO rider has finished inside the top five at all three rounds. Deep field, right? Well….
While it hasn’t happened in the last five years, this isn’t super extraordinaire either. In both 2021 and 2020 only one rider had three consecutive top fives to begin the season. In 2019 and 2018, two riders. Okay, so cool, but not crazy.
I went deeper though and looked at points gap between first and eighth in points the last five years and boy, the last two years have seen some parity through the first three rounds.
Let’s compare: In 2018 the gap was 32. In 2019, 27.
The last two years: 10 points or less both years! Last year 10 points separated first and eighth. This year? Just seven!!!!
There you go. There is your Stat of the Week or something.
2022: Zero Riders
Points gap between 1st and 8th: 7
2021 – One Rider
Ken Roczen with 2-5-2 finishes
Points gap between 1st and 8th: 10
2020 – One Rider
Jason Anderson with 5-3-5 finishes
Points gap between 1st and 8th: 20
2019 – Two Riders
Ken Roczen with 2-3-4 finishes
Eli Tomac with 3-4-3 finishes
Points gap between 1st and 8th: 27
2018 – Two Riders
Jason Anderson with 2-1-3 finishes
Weston Peick with 5-5-5 finishes
Points gap between 1st and 8th: 32
Main image: Yamaha