The 2020 MotoGP season comes to an end this weekend in Portugal, but the fact of the matter is that the most important business was taken care of last week. Joan Mir ended up finishing 7th in Valencia last weekend, but that was more than enough to ensure that he clinched the World Championship this season. In essence, the final race in Portugal will be little more than a victory lap for the champion, but you can bet that he will want to finish the season strong. For the other riders in this one, it’s all about securing as high a finish as possible, as next season will be upon us in no time at all. Now is the time to start building some momentum for 2021. With that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the current top 4 in the standings so you can wager against their MotoGP odds.
MotoGP Betting Analysis for the 2020 Portuguese GP
All things considered, winning the World Championship is an amazing feat for a rider in just his second season in MotoGP. Last year, Mir finished 12th in the overall standings, so to say that his leap to first is a surprise is putting things rather mildly. The Spaniard has just one win on the season, but it was his overall consistency that put him on top, as he had 6 podium finishes as well as that lone victory, including a run of 5 out of 6 podium finishes coming down the stretch. He continued to pick up big points and chip away at the riders in front of him before taking the top spot a couple of weeks ago. A deserving champion indeed.
After winning the Moto2 championship back in 2017, the obvious next step for Morbidelli was to head on up to the top level of racing. His final standings have improved with each passing year, but the way in which he has finished this season suggests that he might be a rider to watch in 2021. Morbidelli won last week in Valencia, which was his second win in just 3 weeks. It was a little to late to take a run at the World Championship, but it certainly helped serve notice that he is a rider to be reckoned with in the coming years.
This is another rider who got stronger as the season went on and who looks like one to watch next season. Rins has been knocking on the door for the past couple of seasons, finishing 5th overall in 2018 and 4th overall last season. If he can maintain his current 3rd place standing, it will be another step forward for the Spaniard. Recent form suggests he can do just that, as he has a win and 3 other podium finishes over the past 6 weeks. He just missed out on the podium last week in Valencia, finishing 4th.
With so many races held in Spain this season, it is perhaps no surprise that we have a trio of Spanish riders currently occupying the top 4. This is a familiar spot for Vinales, as he has finished either 3rd or 4th overall in each of his last 4 seasons. He has cooled off a little coming down the stretch, though, so he is going to need a good ride this weekend in Portugal if he is to hold on to his top 4 spot, or perhaps even move up a spot.