The Top 8 In Points Haven’t Been This Close in the Last Five Years

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

Written by Slaw Dog

Just a dog trying to find my special bun.

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