MotoGP is celebrating a spell of “closest ever” as the effect of restrictive regulations narrows the gap between race-engineering excellence and motor-racing mediocrity. Thus last year’s closest-ever points-scoring top 15 at Assen, 16.034 seconds, was eclipsed at 2019’s opening round at Qatar, where the same number were within 15.093 seconds. The winning margin there, Dovizioso’s Ducati over Marquez’s Honda, was a minuscule 0.023 of a second; third-placed Cal Crutchlow less than a tenth behind, after 42 minutes and almost 120km of fairing-to-fairing racing.
MotoGP is being battered by its own rule book
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