the rider or racer? Is there a difference? Can someone go from one to the other or be both? Who would you rather have in your team? Jorge Lorenzo is regarded, currently, as the best rider in MotoGP. His ability to push his bike closer to the edge, without being ragged, is better than anyone else atm. He is super smooth in his riding style which helps his yamaha achieve the results he has had. Dani Pedrosa is a great rider. But in all the time he has been in MotoGP he has failed to deliver the WC his abilities seem to deserve. I can not recall a race he has won from a late in the race pass after coming from down in the field. Casey Stoner was a great rider. He sole ability to make the duc work is testament to that. But most of his wins iirc came from starting at front or front row. I do not recall any deep from the field wins. Also to jump on a bike that Dani has developed and win a WC first time out shows he can ride. Valentino Rossi was a great rider and racer. I think he is now past his prime. He had a proven ability to take a slightly weaker bike and win races. He could also race. Making late, seemingly impossible, passes to win. Marc Marquez is currently a good rider in MotoGP imo. He seems to be on the ragged edge more than any of the other top riders. Just moments from being down the road. A raw talent. But he can race. He will push to overtake the rider in front of him. He can ride but seems to be happier(?) racing with those around him. I would rather have a racer, provided they got rseults. A racer that goes down the road is a liability.