The Stat Sheet: MX1 World Championship

The 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship concluded last weekend, in the deep sands of Lierop. So, we are now free to breakdown the series in as many ways as possible! I have now collected the statistics from the MX1 title fight, including five, different categories, which are highlighted in the tables below. It is actually interesting to look at these, as it shows just how dominant Antonio Cairoli was on the way to his seventh world title.

MX1 Pole Positions:

Antonio Cairoli

7

Ken de Dycker

3

Clement Desalle

2

Gautier Paulin

2

Tommy Searle

1

Max Nagl

1

Steven Frossard

1

Arguably, the amount of pole positions that you garner over the course of the year does not mean too much in the grand scheme of things. However, it is obviously beneficial to head to the starting line first in the points paying motos – so most guys force the issue in the heat on the Saturday. Overall, Toni Cairoli had the most pole positions throughout the year, which is not too surprising at all, is it? However it is worth noting that the Sicilian was least dominant in this category – there could be something to that. Maybe Toni knows that he doesn’t need to have the pole position in order to win on Sunday, so he settled for a reasonable gate pick, rather than push too hard?

Interestingly, there are a few riders on this list (Searle, Nagl, Frossard) that do not feature in any of the other categories below, which proves that what goes on during the Saturday isn’t always indicative of what could happen during the points paying motos. Obviously, all of the main contenders grabbed pole position at some point in the year – the figures in this section are spread much more evenly than in the ones below, evidently.

MX1 Laps Led:

Antonio Cairoli

315

Clement Desalle

151

Gautier Paulin

77

Ken de Dycker

56

Kevin Strijbos

14

Shaun Simpson

7

Evgeny Bobryshev

7

Wow, this says it all really. Supposedly, the MX1 World Championship is the strongest series in the world. Despite this, Antonio Cairoli led one hundred and sixty-four more laps than the rest of the field. It is quite surprising that only seven guys led laps throughout the seventeen rounds – it should be a much larger number, in reality. Toni led laps at every round, but one, as he failed to grab the lead at all in the Czech Republic. Just think about how incredible that is, for a second. In order to achieve this feat you have to be the best guy in every imaginable situation, which Antonio undoubtedly is.

I do find it quite surprising that there are just seven riders on this list, as stated previously. In total, you would expect to see more riders lead at least one lap over the course of the year. I would have presumed that Max Nagl, Tommy Searle, and Jeremy van Horebeek would have occupied the lead at least once, as they are all more than capable of doing so. I think there is one thing that these statistics prove – the depth of talent in the premier MX1 division isn’t as strong as it seems on paper.

Here is an interesting stat: following Qatar, Clement Desalle did not lead a lap again until the GP of Italy, round nine, which is quite a drought for a rider of his calibre – he is hired to finish on the top of the box.

MX1 Heat Wins:

Antonio Cairoli

17

Clement Desalle

7

Gautier Paulin

4

Ken de Dycker

2

Shaun Simpson

1

Again, you would think that more riders would have mustered up a single heat win, wouldn’t you? Is this really a sign of a strong series? Gautier Paulin had just four race wins throughout the year, which is certainly surprising. The Frenchman won three GP’s in total, so you would think that he would have garnered more than just four moto wins. It is really surprising that Shaun Simpson, a privateer, had just three less moto wins than Gautier, a factory pilot, and title candidate. It isn’t surprising that Toni won ten motos more than anyone else, I mean, that stat just speaks for itself, doesn’t it? I don’t even need to say anymore.

MX1 Overall Wins:

Antonio Cairoli

9

Clement Desalle

4

Gautier Paulin

3

Shaun Simpson

1

So, there were just four GP winners in the MX1 class this year. All I want to see is a bit of diversity! Not only were there four victors, there were also four manufacturers represented – what one was missing? Honda. Yamaha were actually lucky to get on this list, as the only Yamaha mounted rider that won a GP was Shaun Simpson – who wasn’t actually supported by the factory at all! It proves that the Yamaha can’t be as bad as the public perception, doesn’t it? Interestingly, this was the second highest amount of GP wins that Antonio Cairoli has acquired in a season – his personal best is eleven GP wins, which he achieved last year.

MX1 Overall Podiums:

Antonio Cairoli

15

Clement Desalle

13

Gautier Paulin

7

Ken de Dycker

6

Kevin Strijbos

5

Evgeny Bobryshev

4

Shaun Simpson

1

Although Antonio Cairoli’s fifteen podium appearances were impressive, we have come to expect that level of consistency from him. However, I am actually more surprised at the amount of times that Clement Desalle landed on the box. In total, he had just four GP wins – so he spent a lot of time in either second, or third, evidently. Actually, Clement finished third six times, and second three times. I would have expected Gautier Paulin to finish in the top three more than he did. However, he did have that crash in Germany to contend with, and he was in a bit of a mid-season slump prior to that.

So, there you have it – a closer look at the 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship. It was another season that was full of historic moments, which will be remembered for quite a while. With a few new names joining the series next year, it looks like the ‘MXGP’ (MX1) class could be stronger in 2014! Hopefully it will be a little closer at the top.

Words by Lewis Phillips

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