The crisis of the 30

In Austria, it will be two years since the last time a driver over 30 took victory in the premier class. The last to do so, Dovizioso.


Experience is a degree and in fact, when a driver makes it to the World Championship, he needs time and filming to be among the favorites. Always excepting prodigies. However, in general, it is the seasons that make great stars who live among different generations throughout their professional careers. Especially when the last step is overcome. Getting to MotoGP means facing the best riders in the world and while in the lower categories the objective is to maintain a constant progression to keep climbing, once you have reached the top, you just have to stay there.In addition to the machine, age is another of the most relevant factors when you are competing at the highest level and the arrival of new generations has always been a cause that has dragged an effect with it. The emergence of talents has been accompanied by a phrase among the most veteran of the MotoGP grid: "Young riders motivate us to be better." And those words contain so much truth that, in recent seasons, the age difference between those who accumulate several seasons behind their backs and those who debut in search of a dream had not even been noticed. Although now, the queen class faces a generational change that is affecting the most veteran.

The end of the last two seasons has been accompanied by goodbyes. In 2019, a champion, Jorge Lorenzo, said goodbye, and just a year later it was time for two other veterans: Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Dovizioso. These last two marches left only five of the 22 current drivers on the grid over 30 years old and from that age, the category has entered a crisis that continues to spread with the passage of races. And curiously, it started two years ago, at an Austrian GP that will be the next appointment on the calendar after the summer break.

Zarco's hope

On August 11, 2019, Andrea Dovizioso won the Red Bull Ring at the age of 33. To date, the Italian has been the last rider to win a race in his early thirties and there are already 19 rounds without any rider over 30 knowing what it is to win in MotoGP. The arrival of numerous young talents in recent seasons has raised the bar dramatically on a grid that currently stands at an average age of 26 years and 8 months, with Valentino Rossi, Aleix Espargaró, Danilo Petrucci, Pol Espargaró and Johann Zarco out of that decade. Although the Frenchman is the best positioned to break the bad streak accumulated by the most veteran.

It is true that it is not the longest that has been experienced with twenty-somethings dominating in the category, Rossi put an end to it at Assen 2013 after 44 consecutive victories of the youngest, but now the Italian's situation is far from the one who lived at that time and just for performance, the Pramac rider has it all in his face in a scenario that has always benefited Ducati. Since the Red Bull Ring arrived on the calendar in 2016, only the KTM has separated the Desmosedici from victory and in addition, Zarco is fully involved in the fight for a title, where right now he is the second best contender in the general classification, with four second positions in his locker.

However, the two-time Moto2 champion will not have an easy time stopping the dominance of the youngsters, as he will also face the riders of the official Ducati line-up. And Jack Miller already knows what it's like to win this season, plus twice. The Australian is one of the five riders who are on the list of winners in 2021, sharing the name of 'winner' with a Marc Márquez who is now in the danger zone. At 28 years of age, the man from Lleida is the next member of the grid to enter his thirties, although if he goes back to being his usual self, he will not have to worry. Because then he will continue to aspire to victory.

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