In the current MotoGP championship there is a real generational change in progress, with several riders that we have come to know in the previous decade out of the game or in test rider roles. Taking the entrants to the 2021 season, the MotoGP grid has an average age of 26 years and 8 months: this is increasingly a championship for twenty-year-olds, while the thirty-year-olds struggle.
“The emergence of new talents is always accompanied by a typical phrase, said by the veterans of the MotoGP grid: “Young drivers motivate us to be better ”. And those words contain so much truth that, in recent seasons, the age difference between those who accumulated more seasons behind them and those who began in search of a dream had not been noticed. However, something has changed. The end of the last two seasons has been accompanied by goodbyes. In 2019 a champion, Jorge Lorenzo, said goodbye, and just a year later it was the turn of two other veterans: Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso. The last to win a race being over 30 years of age was Andrea Dovizioso, who was able to break the Red Bull Ring on August 16, 2020, at the age of 34.“, Reports the Spanish newspaper AS.
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Danilo Petrucci came close to ‘beating’ this statistic, but his victory at the 2020 French GP took place on 11 October 2020: his 30th birthday was 13 days away. Currently on the grid, in addition to Petrucci, the 30-year-old category is represented by Johann Zarco, Aleix and Pol Espargarò. Then there is Valentino Rossi, even more off the list since he has collected 42 in springs.
Also according to AS, the only driver currently able to break the spell that blocks victories after the age of thirty is Johann Zarco: “The French driver Pramac has everything he needs to win and is fully involved in the fight for the title, where he is currently the second best contender in the overall standings, with four second places conquered.“.