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PADDOCK NEWS Brought to you by Fabio Quatararo crowned MotoGP Rookie of the year. Former MotoGP commentator Nick Harris takes a look at how long it took other premier class rookies to earn their first victory: It was a difficult Sunday for the French in Japan. While France was knocked out of the Rugby World Cup by Wales the mighty impressive Fabio Quartararo clinched the MotoGP Rookie of the Year title in Motegi but for the fourth Grand Prix in succession could not beat the rampant Marc Marquez to secure that first premier class victory. Surely that first win will come as rich reward for the 20-year-old during the final three races of the year. He should take heart that others have had to wait longer before the floodgates opened while some who started with a bang never went on the win the ultimate prize. Mick Doohan had to wait until the penultimate round of the 1990 Championship to secure that first win at the Hungaroring on the outskirts of Budapest in his second season in the 500cc class. The Australian went on to win 53 more on route to five World titles. What a contrast to Max Biaggi who arrived in the 500cc class with a bang at Suzuka in 1998. The Italian had dominated the 250cc Championship for the previous four years and what a premier class debut he made at the opening round of the Championship. Max won comfortably on the Honda to send a shiver down the spine of his rivals to become the first rider in 25 years to win a premier class race on his debut. It was quite a day with Biaggi the first European winner of a Premier class race in Japan but he never went onto win the World title. He won 12 more Grands Prix but in the final reckoning always had to play second fiddle to his bitter rival Valentino Rossi. Even The Doctor didn’t strike first time out and it after a trip to hospital in nearby Nottingham following a practice crash he won for the first time at the ninth round of the 2000 Championship at Donington Park. The rest is history with 88 victories to follow that brought the Italian seven World titles and a legendary status. I’m sure it’s no great surprise to learn that Marc Marquez won at Austin in 2013 in just his second premier class race and went on to win the title at the first attempt. I remember two maiden premier class wins by two riders who went onto win the ultimate prize. Twenty five of us travelled to Assen in 1975 to support Barry Sheene just four months after his horrendous Daytona crash that made him more famous than any World titles back home in Britain. I’m still convinced our vocal beer-fuelled support for Barry as he crossed the line on equal time as legend Giacomo Agostini convinced the timekeepers to award the race to the British rider who went on to win 18 more and two World titles. WorldSBK-bound Redding lifts BSB crown. Scott Redding clinched the 2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) in a thrilling final round at Brands Hatch. The Be Wiser Ducati rider managed to fend off teammate and Australian Josh Brookes at the final round, who reduced Redding’s comfortable gap by securing three race wins. However, the British contender was able to get the job done with a third in the final outing of the weekend. In the end, the Ducati pilot finished five points ahead of Brookes in the championship standings, earning 11 race victories across the season. “I’ve had a lot of emotion – super happy, super proud and it is good to pay back everyone who has supported me through all my years in GP and my first year here in BSB,” Redding explained. “A lot of people doubted me to win the championship in my first year, I knew deep inside I could do it even though I broke my femur one month before the first test of the year, I didn’t let it hold me back. “I had a tough season, a great season. The feeling to cross the line knowing that you did it. It didn’t really sink in until I got half way round the lap. I was like ‘you’ve done it, it was just one race’. That was the hard bit. “It was my own doing to make a mistake, I was thinking the whole race ‘don’t make the mistake, don’t make the mistake’, so a big thank you to the PBM Be Wiser Ducati team, a big thank you to my management, my family, my fans. “The BSB championship has been amazing, they’ve brought a lot of passion back into racing and I’ve had so much fun this year on and off track.” The British ace has signed with Racing – Ducati to contest the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) in 2020. more confidence, in wet and dry conditions, even after 5000 KM * even after 5 000 KM, experience braking in the wet* Even after 5 000 KM, a MICHELIN Road tyre stops as short as a brand new MICHELIN Pilot Road 4 tyre* thanks to the evolutionary MICHELIN XST Evo sipes. With its dry grip, stability and best handling versus its main competitors, thanks to MICHELIN’s patented ACT+ casing technology, it offers even more riding pleasure.*** 12 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 * According to internal studies at Ladoux, the Michelin centre of excellence, under the supervision of an independent witness, comparing MICHELIN Road 5 tyres used for 5 636 km with new and unworn MICHELIN Pilot Road 4 tyres. ** According to internal studies at Fontange, a Michelin test track, under the supervision of an independent witness, comparing MICHELIN Road 5 tyres with METZELER Roadtec 01, DUNLOP Road Smart 3, CONTINENTAL Road Attack 3, PIRELLI Angel GT and BRIDGESTONE T30 EVO tyres, in dimensions 120/70 ZR17 (front) and 180/55 ZR17 (rear) on Suzuki Bandit 1250 *** External tests conducted by the MTE Test Centre invoked by Michelin, comparing MICHELIN Road 5 tyres with MI- CHELIN Pilot Road 4, METZELER Roadtec 01, DUNLOP Road Smart 3, CONTINENTAL Road Attack 3, PIRELLI Angel GT and BRIDGESTONE T30 EVO tyres, in dimensions 120/70 ZR17 (front) and 180/55 ZR17 (rear) on a Kawasaki Z900 giving best dry performance globally and #1 for Handling, #2 for Stability, #2 for Dry grip