MotoGP. If I haven’t said it before, I will say it right now. MotoGP is the best sport on television, hands down!
The last five weeks have seen four race weekends go by in the MotoGP championship, and boy, oh boy what amazing racing we have witnessed. Not only have we seen the first win for Ducati in six years, Andrea Iannone taking his first MotoGP victory, Cal Crutchlows first MotoGP victory (the first for a British rider in 35 years), Maverick Vinales take his first MotoGP win and first win for Suzuki since 2007, but we also saw history being made as Dani Pedrosa become the eighth rider in eight races to grace the top step of the podium. Having eight winners in a single season has never happened before in the premier class, never mind in eight consecutive races.
I am so glad I follow MotoGP and never miss a race. I have seen some of the most thrilling and entertaining sports moments unfold and watched as history has been made.
As far as sports go, I just don’t think there is another that comes close to the spectacle that is MotoGP. Just go and watch the movie, ‘Hitting the Apex’, and you will understand what I mean. This season alone has been like a movie in itself. No one could have predicted that we would have eight different winners in one season, and there are still five races to go, who knows what could happen?
Now I will say, I am, number one, a Rossi fan. I always have been. However, I am also fan of the sport as a whole, and so to see so many different riders achieving success and battling it out with the ‘Aliens’ (Rossi, Lorenzo, Marquez, Pedrosa and formally Casey Stoner) is great to see. I respect each and every one of the riders and the immense talent they possess. Yes even the sour one himself, Jorge Lorenzo. I have actually started to keep a look out for my next ‘Rossi’. The obvious choice at this point is Maverick Vinales. I can’t wait to see him on board the Yamaha, finally offering Rossi the chance to have an actual teammate for the first time in years. There is however a part of me that would have liked to see Vinales stay at Suzuki and achieve further success with them, they really do look like they are getting quicker and will be challenging more and more up front as the races go by.
Not only has the MotoGP class impressed but the guys, and girl, in Moto3 and Moto2 have certainly done their part in entertaining us week in and week out.
In Moto3 a certain South African has gone from strength to strength. After the race in San Marino this past weekend, Brad Binder’s lead in the championship has grown to a massive 106 points and he now has a chance to capture the Moto3 title at the next round of the championship in Aragon. It will be double delight for South Africans as Steven Odendaal, who will be in action at Aragon as a wildcard in Moto2, has already captured the Spanish Moto2 title. Not bad then for a little country on the southern tip Africa.
The dominance of Brad Binder has not hindered the excitement that is Moto3. The racing has still been as crazy and chaotic as ever. At times fifteen, twenty bikes battling it out for the lead, swopping position every lap, sometimes every corner. What has seen Brad come out on top is his mastery of tactics. He seems to know exactly when and where to make his move and executes to perfection almost every time. He is amazing to watch!
Moto2 has been just as captivating as MotoGP over the last few races. Their have been four different winners over the last four rounds. Johann Zarco, Tom Luthi, Jonas Folger and Lorenzo Baldassarri all taking to the top step of the podium. Zarco’s lead in the championship is now just three points. This the result of some brilliant riding from an injured Alex Rins along with some untimely results from Zarco. Rins has shown exactly the type of fighting spirit that it takes to be a champion. He will most certainly be a deserving champion.
As I mentioned before, MotoGP has been absolutley enthralling! Rossi has, as ever, managed to stay consistent, always up fighting for the podium places. This intern has seen him over take Lorenzo in the championship race and slowly cut the gap to Marquez at the top of the standings. With a forty-three point lead however, it is still Marquez’ title to lose.
Off the track, it seems that things are beginning to heat up again as we enter the final stages of the season. Rossi and Lorenzo had a little spat over overtaking manoeuvres that were used during the race at San Marino. So wonderful to see teammates support each other, not. Poor Pedrosa, after possibly the best ride of his career, was left in the middle of it all at the post race press conference.
It was good to see Pedrosa back on form. He has not had the best of times this season, yet still finds himself fourth in the championship. It would be good to see him back where he belongs, fighting it out with Rossi, Lorenzo and Marquez more often. All the new winners this season are deserved winners. I don’t think any rider on the grid wouldn’t be a deserved winner, I would love to see each one of them win a race.
A rider who has truly marked his arrival is Maverick Vinales. His first victory coming in Silverstone, and what a victory it was. No one touched him on the day. Something tells me that could become a more common sight in the near future.
You have to say though, it was just awesome to see Crutchlow take his first win, and after the birth of his daughter. His victory coming in the Czech Republic. He has been in superb form of late, in fact, ever since his daughter was born. A little inspiration you could say.
Andrea Iannone took his victory in style at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. He became the first rider to win onboard a Ducati in six years, yet his the one who got the sack. I guess we know where he got the extra motivation from.
Last but not least, Jack Miller. I wrote about his victory in one of my previous blogs. Possibly the most deserving of a win after all the criticism and bad luck he has had since joinning the MotoGP class.
I could go on and on and on describing the ‘epicness’ that is MotoGP, but why don’t I rather leave it at that, stop boring you with my words and challenge you to give it a watch. Tell me if you think any other sport comes close to bringing you that kind of drama and entertainment. Formula 1 you say? Oh it must be so entertaining watching one manufacturer and two drivers dominate week in and week out for the past three years, no thanks. I will wait till Max Verstappen starts kicking Hamilton and Rosberg’s asses thanks. Until then, it’s MotoGP all the way!
To end off, the number 58 has been officially retired from MotoGP as a tribute to Marco Simoncelli. He would certainly be looking down and smiling at this seasons racing. This is what he lived for!
That’s my word on the events of MotoGP over the last five weeks.