MotoGP 2012: End of Season Grades for All Factory Riders

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MotoGP 2012: End of Season Grades for All Factory Riders
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The 2012 MotoGP season gave us many things that were forgettable, some that were worthy of celebration and some that were just awful. 

We saw the end of the career of an incredible rider.

We saw a living legend fail—again—to tame a notoriously temperamental beast.

We saw a factory rider cursed with bad luck the likes of which I would not have believed could exist.

And we saw two riders come into their own in thrilling fashion.

Before looking ahead to next season, I want to take a look back at 2012 and give each of the factory riders a grade for their performance.

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