We know Andrea Iannone is competitive on the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit, hence why he is on our MVP list this week. So what is it about his performance on sector four that places him above all the other MVP riders?
Quick recap: each circuit is broken down into four sectors and our MVP riders are ranked on each sector by a combined index that reflects their historical performance on that specific sector. A lower index = faster, more consistent times on a lap by lap basis.
Japan GP Sector Four MVP Rankings
We have provided a map of each circuit and the ranked MVPs under our “Rider Stats” menu so make sure to check that out as each race week progresses.
Sector four of the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit
Back to Iannone… Breaking down his historical combined index, Iannone holds the most competitive consistency in sector four, with Vinales close behind. One would think that these consistent times would be matched with the fastest sectors times and that this would explain his incredible index, right? Wrong! In fact, Iannone holds the fourth (out of five MVP riders) fastest sector time.
What does this reinforce? Consistency is key. One fast lap does not win a race. It sure can help but what Iannone has proven over the years is that regardless of speed, consistency through a sector gives you a major advantage. Additionally, if a rider can crank out consistent laps every race, even the smallest improvements in sector times will have a significant effect on their overall performance.
Let’s see if Andrea Iannone can hold his territory and use sector four as a passing ground with his opponents.