Race week = MVP rider analysis broken down by sector so let’s dig into sector 1 at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit.
If you haven’t visited our “Rider Stats” page where we break down each race’s MVP riders you may want to catch yourself up on who we are analyzing this week. Regardless here are our MVP riders for the Japan Grand Prix ranked by historical combined index:
- Maverick Vinales
- Andrea Iannone
- Valentino Rossi
- Marc Marquez
- Andrea Dovizioso
I have two words to describe T1… Rossi territory. One could argue it is historically Yamaha territory but let’s break it down.
We all know that Rossi excels in less technical sections with sweeping turns, but what is it that allows him to pull ahead here? Although his historical consistency is ranked #1 by a very small margin (Iannone coming in hot with the consistency), his speed is historically dominant. What does this mean? Even the smallest improvements in Rossi’s consistency could go a long way in T1.
Some may consider Andrea Iannone a wild card, but his historical consistency through sector 1 is remarkable. In fact, is it so strong that it makes up for his speed where he is ranked #4 out of these 5 riders. If we can see the same performance from Iannone that we did in at the Aragon GP, he has a good chance at challenging Rossi through this less technical sector.
Ranked #3 for sector 1 is Maverick Vinales. Similar to his teammate Rossi, Vinales holds competitive consistency through this Yamaha territory, so what is holding him back from challenging Rossi and Iannone? Speed. Currently ranked 4th in the series, Vinales needs to push his racing to the limits through sector 1 if he wants to finish ahead of his teammate and begin to close the gap in point standings. We saw a strong fight from Vinales at the Thai GP where he held on close to both Dovizioso and Marquez. If he can close in on the leading riders, study their lines and repeat his performance from the Thai GP we may see Vinales on the podium once again.