The Super Combined Index reflects a rider’s historical performance handicapped by their current season performance. Now we all know that a race win takes more than just fast times. That’s why we start from the ground up and penalize each rider’s historical sector speed by their historical sector consistency. This produces the Combined Index which is then used as the base for the Super Combined Index.
Think of the Combined Index as a historical tracker and the Super Combined Index as a projection. Each index allows us to better prepare for any upcoming GP as we analyze historical numbers in parallel with each rider’s struggles and triumphs throughout the season.
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Four different manufacturers rank highest for Super Combined Index – Honda, Suzuki, Ducati and Yamaha. This diverse group reflects the unexpected twists and turns that we have seen at Sepang over the years. While some circuits may be dominated time and time again by one rider, the Sepang Int. Circuit does not fall in the same category.
The podium riders over the last few years have very little cross-over with Dovizioso being the only exception as he has won twice in the past 4 years. The other 2 years were claimed by Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa who won in 2015 and Marc Marquez who won last year.
Jorge Lorenzo used to be one to keep an eye on going into the Malaysian GP, but given his team change and ongoing adaptation to the Honda, we do not expect him to be as much as a threat going into the race weekend.
Similar to Jorge, French rider, Johann Zarco was spotted at the front of the pack during the last 2 Malaysian GPs. He was on KTM, he was off KTM and now he is back with LCR Honda! His first race in Australia was a solid effort given the extreme weather conditions. Perhaps we will see the old Zarco who began his MotoGP career with a bang at this weekend’s race.
Free practice Friday is just around the corner, stay tuned and have a great weekend!