0.951s: MotoGP™ is closer than ever in 2024

The first five GP races of the season have made history as the average winning gap is below a second for the first time ever in the MotoGP™ era

The stats don't lie: MotoGP™ is closer than ever in 2024. How? In the opening five races of the season, the average gap between the winner and the rider in second place is below a second for the first time ever. 0.951s to be exact.

The closest it got before that was all the way back in 2002, when the average was 1.259s. Including 2024, only five years in the MotoGP™ era have seen average gaps between the winner and second place after the first five rounds sit below two seconds – 2004, 2006, and 2014. Now it's less than one.

On the way to making history, we’ve been treated to some absolute stunners so far this season. We don’t need average gaps to tell us that either! Le Mans’ record-breaking crowd – plus millions around the world – watched the top three in the Championship go head-to-head in the latest incredible instalment, with Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing), Marc Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP™) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) split by just 0.585s.


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It was 0.446s separating Martin and Marquez in P1 and P2, and in Jerez, it was even tighter between race winner Pecco and the #93 of Marquez. 0.372s was the gap at a spellbinding Spanish GP that saw the reigning World Champion and eight-time World Champion treat us to a battle for the ages.

Prior to that, Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) etched his name into the history books to become the first rider in MotoGP™ to win with three different manufacturers. But it wasn’t just any old stroll down 25-point lane. Viñales carved his way through the pack from P11 to win by 1.728s – the largest winning margin of the year so far.

When we visited Portugal, Martin tamed the world’s fastest rollercoaster for his first Sunday win since the 2023 Thai GP. If it wasn’t for Viñales’ gearbox issue on the final lap, the 0.882s advantage to Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo Team) could have been closer too. Still, 0.8s is enough to keep you on your toes and then some!

Now the world’s most exciting sport heads for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain. Will the winning gap lower that average even more? Tune in on Sunday the 26th of May to find out!