They are five this season to discover the MotoGP category. Five rookies came mostly from the Moto2 category in which they fought at the forefront last year, with the exception of Darryn Binder, promoted directly from Moto3.
After the first 11 rounds, the gaps widened greatly. Although the score posted by Marco Bezzecchi, leader of the classification, is down compared to the one who led this same championship at this stage the three previous seasons, the level of his opponents is too, hence a clear lead. even net of 37 points over his nearest pursuer.
Marco Bezzecchi, the revelation
He certainly does not display the 92 points that Fabio Quartararo had scored after his first 11 MotoGP Grands Prix in 2019, but Marco Bezzecchi certainly has nothing to be ashamed of his debut in the premier category. At 23, the man who fought for the runners-up in Moto3 then in Moto2, without managing to dominate, took his marks with the attitude that we know him, always measured and calm. Eager to learn, he made steady progress until he went on vacation with a trophy in his pocket.
Teammate of Luca Marini, who was already the leader of the VR46 team when they shared the box in 2020 in the intermediate category, Bezzecchi took the lead in the third round, in Argentina, overtaking him six laps from the arrived to get his first remarkable entry into the points, directly in the top 10. Riding a Ducati similar to the one that Enea Bastianini took to the top of the classification at the start of the season, he continued his way, until to inflict a clear setback on his teammate in Spain by repeating his ninth place there.
But it was at home that Bezzecchi really revealed himself, first by qualifying on the front row (between Luca Marini and rookie Fabio Di Giannantonio, poleman), then by leading the first eight laps to finally finish fifth, again right in front of his sidekick. A month later, he was on the podium at the end of a remarkable race in Assen, where he was able to play placed then manage the arrival of the rain and even put the experienced leader, Pecco Bagnaia, under pressure. A second place which even allowed him to overtake Marini in the championship.
Marco Bezzecchi, second in the Dutch Grand Prix
Fabio Di Giannantonio and Darryn Binder, the discreet
Fabio Di Giannantonio and Darryn Binder started the season in the shadows, humbly displaying measured ambitions. Rarely winners in the lower categories, they were not the most obvious choice of team principals among the elite, one having not forged his experience in Moto2, the other having never reached the top 5 in the championship.
And yet, both have discreetly been able to assert promising performances. Against all odds, it was Binder who showed up first, taking a top 10 in his second race. If his results were lowered thereafter, the general performance of the South African did not clash in a Yamaha group generally very difficult with the exception of Fabio Quartararo. Alongside veteran Andrea Dovizioso, the rookie holds his own, both posting the same points tally at this point with a significantly better placing for Binder.
To enter the points, Di Giannantonio had to wait for the French Grand Prix, but a milestone has obviously been passed. In the aftermath, the Gresini driver, until then overshadowed by his teammate Enea Bastianini, stunned the paddock by taking pole position in the Italian Grand Prix, excuse me, and also qualified very well in Catalonia and in Germany in stride (fifth). At Sachsenring, he had the best result of the group of rookies in the race, finishing eighth.
Fabio Di Giannantonio in the fight at the German Grand Prix
Remy Gardner and Raúl Fernández, the disappointed
They rocked the paddock last year as they knocked out the Moto2 championship and put up a fine fight for the title, eventually won by the Australian. The Ajo duo remained a partner at Tech3 this year, but now in the big leagues it’s disappointment that prevails. Both ambitious, they had to settle for a more complicated handling than expected from a KTM which has never ceased to give its riders a hard time this season.
With an 11th and a 12th as their respective best result at this stage, they have had only a few rare appearances in the heart of the field. Three times all the same, Remy Gardner was the highest ranked rookie in the race, against once and for all Raul Fernandez (package on two races) but out of the points. Between a complicated adaptation, disappointing results that would almost make us forget the sometimes encouraging gaps against the official KTM riders, and a still unclear future, the reigning Moto2 Champion and Vice-Champion are flirting with a somewhat negative spiral while waiting for a rebound. .
The ranking of rookies after 11 Grands Prix: