With only 5 more races this season, fans are understandably wrapped up in the World Championship rankings as Marquez dances on the fine line of earning his 8th title this weekend or prolonging the battle between himself and Dovizioso.
While the Repsol Honda Team may be crushing it in the individual standings, the team standings tell a different story.
As it turns out, having two riders on a team earning double digit points is a big advantage in the team standings. So let me introduce the current front runner, the Ducati Team! Both Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci have finished in the top 6 more times than not, meaning they have left most GPs with the valuable double digit championship points. Leading the team standings with 357 points, the Ducati Team is ahead of the Repsol Honda Team by 24 points.
To give credit where credit is due, Marquez has carried the Repsol Honda Team on his back as his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, adjusts to the new bike, the new team and continues to work through recovery from a gnarly crash he endured earlier this season. To put things in perspective, Marc Marquez has earned 90% of the Repsol Honda Team’s points so far this season.
So let’s take a look at the team rank order as riders head into chapter 15 of the 2019 season. Each team is listed below along with the weight carried by each team member.
Ducati Team, 357 points
57% Andrea Dovizioso / 43% Danilo Petrucci
Repsol Honda Team, 333 points
90% Marc Marquez / 6.9% Jorge Lorenzo
Remaining points: Stefan Bradl, test rider
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP, 284 points
52% Maverick Vinales / 48% Valentino Rossi
Team Suzuki Ecstar, 209 points
75% Alex Rins / 25% Joan Mir
Petronas Yamaha SRT, 203 points
61% Fabio Quartararo, 39% Franco Morbidelli
LCR Honda, 166 points
59% Cal Crutchlow / 41% Takaaki Nakagami
Pramac Racing, 146 points
80% Jack Miller / 20% Francesco Bagnaia
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, 104 points
74% Pol Espargaro / 26% Johann Zarco
Mika Kallio, Zarco’s replacement has yet to earn points
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, 78 points
59% Aleix Espargaro / 41% Andrea Iannone
Red Bull KTM Tech 3, 36 points
81% Miguel Oliveira / 19% Hafizh Syahrin
Reale Avintia Racing, 23 points
78% Tito Rabat / 22% Karel Abraham