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MotoGP points system explained - this is how it works

The MotoGP has its own unique points system. This differs significantly, for example, from the points system used in Formula 1. How exactly does the points system for MotoGP work?

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The MotoGP points system explained

The MotoGP has a unique points system, which differs from that of Formula 1.

The first-place driver naturally receives the most points, a total of 25. The gap between first and second place is the largest (5 points), intensifying the competition and pushing the drivers to their limits to take the lead. So, the second-place driver earns 20 points, and the third-place driver receives 16. A team can therefore achieve a maximum of 45 points per race. From fifth place onwards, there is only one point difference between positions, until the fifteenth place secures the final point.

MotoGP points system

Position Points
1 25
2 20
3 16
4 13
5 11
6 10
7 9
8 8
9 7
10 6
11 5
12 4
13 3
14 2
15 1

No bonus points for the fastest lap

In Formula 1, it is known that the driver with the fastest lap receives one extra point, provided they finish in the top 10. However, in MotoGP, no extra point can be earned with the fastest race lap.

Point system for the MotoGP sprintraces

The driver who wins the sprint race receives 12 points, the second-place driver gets 9 points, and the third-place driver receives 7 points. After the top three, the next drivers in the top nine receive one point less each. These points count towards the World Championship and can therefore have a significant impact on the outcome of the title race.

MotoGP sprint race points system

Positon Points
1 12
2 9
3 7
4 6
5 5
6 4
7 3
8 2
9 1

Do MotoGP sprint race points count?

MotoGP sprint races do count for points within the championship. The top nine finishers will earn world championship points, with 12 points awarded for first place, 9 points for second place, and 7 points for third place.

How does MotoGP constructors points work?

The two drivers of the constructors can collect world championship points within GPs or sprint races. These points are counted together to decide the total points for a constructor within a season.

How are MotoGP points calculated?

The first place naturally earns the most points, a total of 25. The difference between the first and second place is the largest (5 points), further intensifying the competition and pushing the drivers to their limits to take the lead. Therefore, the second place earns 20 points, and the third place receives 16.
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