Is racing talent born, bred or otherwise acquired? All of these seem to have applied throughout history: there have been champions (think Hailwood, Rossi, Marquez) to whom exceptional performance is second nature; others (Wayne Rainey a prime example) who achieved things by dogged determination and hard work.
Yet there must be something in the breeding, if you look at the 2021 entry lists. Brothers galore. The premier MotoGP class leads the way. For the first time in history, there are three sets of brothers lining up, in a 22-strong selection of the world’s best racers. That’s almost 30 per cent.