ROUND 2: ARGENTINA
What. The. F.!
Three little words that can totally describe the Argentina GP in a nutshell. The whole weekend went from strange to crazy to “BLOWING YOUR MIND” and i just don’t know what to do with it. I won’t even bother to try and recap or review the whole joke that was this GP round so, if you don’t mind, let’s all just check the facts!
1. Miller’s first pole position in MotoGP
Astonishing, brilliant and completely unbelievable. It was a huge gamble to take the slicks on the drying track and Jack was almost crashing down at every corner of the track but yet, he made it work. Glory favors the Brave, they say…
2. Cal’s win makes history
On the pace the whole weekend, Crutchlow’s wins comes as no surprise once the race favorite (aka Marc Marquez) was out. It’s a very well deserved win for both Cal and his team and it should (one can dream) finally make him stop asking for the HRC factory seat everybody’s know he wouldn’t do better on.
3. Rins rising to the top
I have a soft spot for this one, i must say it, so i might not sounds quite neutral right now but it’s a fact i couldn’t help but cheer for him to get a podium or even more. Alex Rins is a great talent that will keep on shinning brighter and brighter as the years pass on. His whole new 2 years deal with Suzuki (which is yet to be officially announced) is a blessing for him, the team and us.
4. Zarco getting closer
Johann made an impression last season and keeps on a that path. The frenchman is clearly getting closer and closer to his first motogp win as the races go on. We should remind him, though, that when he can get a win, it would be better to do it without pushing someone else to crash down.
5. Pedrosa’s lack of luck continue
Once again the spaniard has been taken out of a race by another rider. This time Zarco went past him quite hard, pushing him on the edge, forcing Pedrosa onto a wet patch on track leading Dani to his first (let’s hope his last) highside of the season. So far, no announcement has been made regarding any injury Dani Pedrosa could have had.
6. Ducati’s desapearence
If Losail went on to be a great weekend for, at least, one of the men in red, Argentina resulted into a nightmare for both Lorenzo and Dovizioso. The italian was nowhere to be seen the whole weekend while Lorenzo shinned by his lack of any pace or result. The only headline they all got were due to Movistar’s interview the spaniard (you can read the full thing here and yes, it’s way less polemical than what we all thought with that trailer… Context is EVERYTHING)
7. Starting Grid’s CHAOS
Rules book are being made along with history but something needs to be done to MotoGP’s one regarding the grid and start’s procedure ASAP. There’s no way we can let 20+ riders start from the pit-lane as well as we cannot accept that a rider taking a risky choice (here, Jack Miller) can be robed of a possible great result because of everyone else’s second thoughts. The whole start of the race was a farce from everyone going back to the pits to Miller refusing to get out of the grid and everybody starting 3 row behing him.
8. Marquez’ case
His whole personal start chaos was clearly against the rules (even though it’s true an official in charge of the starting procedure did cleared him…#awkward) but one can only admire his devotion trying to restart that Honda, something almost impossible to do on your own with these kind of motogp prototype.
Marc’s moves on many riders were totally on the edge and unnecessary regarding the pace he showed the whole weekend. There’s no excuse for his behavior on track during the race and the penalty he got (30 sec – his first 0 point of the season) was clearly deserved.
It was great on him to go to Valentino’s box to apologies though, if only Uccio had let him in.
9. Valentino’s off track behavior
His strong words against Marquez during the post-race interviews were kind of a joke. There’s absolutely no truth, at least to me, in saying that Marquez is destroying the sport or that he wants other rider to crash. If you ask me, Vale just sounded bitter…
Of all riders on the grid, Valentino is the very last one that should be able to say someone else is dangerous on track because, well, let’s be honest here: Jerez (Stoner/Gibernau), Motegi (Lorenzo), Sepang (Marquez) and so on… Is your memory short Valentino or do you just not like the taste of your own medecine ?
Anyway, Marquez should have calm down on track, Rossi should have calm down off track…. Both men should know better, and both went on to be losers of the day (that’s saying a lot considering Lorenzo finished 15th…)
And please someone just fire that grumpy old prick that is Uccio!