In a season of nine different race champions, picking the best racer is no easy task.
It was Vinales’ first win and also the first for Suzuki since 2007.
However, even that 2007 win was by rain master Chris Vermeulen at a soaking Le Mans. Although it is a fairer comparison with the last time a Suzuki had won in the dry. Moreover which happened in the 500cc era in 2000, with Kenny Roberts Jr.
Vinales’ victory also proved that with the right rider and team, a manufacturer like Suzuki could enter/return to MotoGP and achieve success in only its second season.
Cal Crutchlow was one of four riders to win a MotoGP race for Honda this season and one of two satellite riders, close by great companion Jack Miller.
However, Crutchlow’s triumph – at Brno and afterward Phillip Island – was still one of a kind for a few reasons.
The Czech win was the first for a rider from the UK since Barry Sheene route in 1981, while the Australian triumph was the first in the dry for a non-industrial facility rider since Toni Elias in 2006.
That is noteworthy in light of the fact that many believe the MotoGP technical rules (which for 2016 included a solitary ECU) couldn’t be viewed as ‘balanced’ until a satellite rider had come back to the top stride in an “ordinary” dry race.
The Catalunya round was tossed into misery when Luis Salom lost his life amid Friday rehearse for the Moto2 class.
The rest of the weekend successfully turned into a tribute to the youthful Spaniard and it was hence fitting that Sunday’s MotoGP headliner saw an exciting fight between Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez.
Two of the game’s greatest stars hadn’t battled in such close quarters since the scandalous Sepang 2015 experience. But this time the racing was spotless, with Rossi eventually claiming victory.
The pair then symbolically buried their feud as they shook hands interestingly since October 2015.
After the events of Friday, it was exactly what MotoGP wished for.