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Youngsters impress in MotoGP

Youngsters impress in MotoGP

Youngsters impress in MotoGP

The influx of new young riders into the MotoGP class who have started to challenge regularly at the front have had a significant effect on the age profile of the podium finishers this year.

As shown in the following table the average age of the podium finishers in the premier-class has been fluctuating marginally over the past five years from a low of 27.3 in 2001 to a high of 29.5 in 2004. This year there has been a significant drop to an average age of just 25.8 years.

Further evidence of the young riders taking over in the class is that only one rider over the age of 30 has won in 2006; Loris Capirossi at the first race of the year in Jerez. At the end of 2005, six of the riders who finished in the top ten in the Championship standings were over the age of 30, while in the current standings only three riders from the top ten are over the age of 30.

At the same time, the age profile of the podium finishers in the 125cc and 250cc class has stabilised around the 21 year mark, after both seeing a considerable reduction between 2001 and 2004.

Average age of Grand Prix podium finishers (years) .

2001 MotoGP (27.3); 250 (25.8) ; 125 (23.7)
2002 MotoGP (28.1) ; 250 (22.7) ; 125 (23.6)
2003 MotoGP (28.6) ; 250 (22.5) ; 125 (22)
2004 MotoGP (29.5) ; 250 (22.2) ; 125 (21.2)
2005 MotoGP (28.4) ; 250 (21.0) ; 125 (21.2)
2006 (after USA GP); (25.8); 250 (21.3) 125 (21.8).

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, GAULOISES GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY

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