Valentino Rossi, The Doctor, one of the most famous MotoGP riders of all time heads into the 2019 season with the Yamaha Factory Team. Rossi finished the 2018 season in third place just above his teammate, Maverick Vinales. Claiming five podium finishes throughout the season, we hope to see The Doctor continue is linear improvement of speed that we seen from him over the past few years with no signs of plateauing as his continues his MotoGP career.
Below we have provided graphs tracking both his average speed index as well as his average consistency index over time. These graphs represent an annual average with all races combined for the past 5 years. If you are unfamiliar with our indexes, a rider’s speed index is calculated from sector times for every circuit of every race. A rider’s consistency index quantifies their ability to keep consistency sector times on a lap by lap basis. For both indexes, a smaller value = faster sector times with little variation (high consistency).
Valentino Rossi has remained with Yamaha for all five years of analysis.
What do we hope to see from MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi throughout the 2019 season? Speed. Yes, everyone generally needs to continue pushing speed and narrowing down sector time consistencies, but Rossi’s speed index trajectory shows a slower rate of improvement than his leading opponents. So even if his personal sector times are improving, we hope to see a more significant rate of improvement compared to years past.