Toni Elias Predicts The 2017 MotoGP Champ—and It Isn’t Who You Think

Racing is a game of living in the moment and hedging your bets, of balancing the desire to be best on the day and measuring risk to be best at season’s end. Conventional thinking, as Elias highlights, contends that the path to championship glory involves knowing when to lose as much as knowing when to win. Consistency pays dividends.

However, conventional thinking goes out the window when we’re talking about three-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez. His “win it or bin it” style, a mechanical failure at Silverstone, and a less-than-perfect RC213V mean his season has been a roller coaster. After round two at Argentina he was 37 points behind championship leader Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales. Two rounds later at Jerez he was only four points behind then-leader Movistar Yamaha rider Rossi. After round nine at the Sachsenring, he finally took over the point lead only to relinquish it to Dovi three rounds later at Silverstone. Marquez won the next two rounds, taking over the point lead and looking in ominous form. There are only four rounds remaining and Marquez is on a tear.

While Elias certainly wasn’t discounting his mate Marc—and Aragon had not yet taken place—his perspective demonstrates something unique about this era of MotoGP racing: The rules no longer apply. Especially when it comes to Marc Marquez.


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