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ROUND 7 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 CATALAN GP

MM93 – 10: For that race only, Jorge has been added to the thanks list at the end of Marc’s title winning speech.

MV12 – 3: His anger & frustration were obvious but come on Mack, the middle finger is too much of a low point for you to do it. You’re better than that.

FQ20 – 9: Pole on Saturday, Podium on Sunday. The new Zarco is on fire.

DP9 – 8: It’s amazing how winning a race changes a man. Petrucci seems on a roll since his Italian GP win and could become one of the many key factor into this season’s title chase.

JL99 – 3: Sometimes, Sh*t happens. But kuddos to Jorge for taking the blame, apologizing and having made a step forward on the bike this weekend!

AR42 – 7: Not as present as during the first few races but still scoring important points.

AD04 – 4: I have seen a lot of “JL destroyed Dovizioso’s title chances with this crash” but let’s be honest here, there’s many races still to go. Like Nicky Hayden would say, anything can happen, that’s why they line up on Sunday.

VR46 – 4: Sometimes being the veteran makes you speak the truth. No animosity coming from Vale regarding Jorge’s bowling party was the highlight of my Sunday. Some of his so called fans asking for JL’s head on a pick in front of Tavullia tho, not so much.

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ROUND 6 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 ITALIAN GP

DP9 – 10: There’s no such things as Mapping8 when a race win is at play. Even less so when looking to extend your current factory deal.. 👀 Congrats Danilo!!

VR46 – 3: We’ll honest there, we’ve barely saw Valentino this weekend which is a shame because that special Italian flag helmet was a beauty!

MM93 – 8: Sometimes the best you can do is 2nd.

AR42 – 7: There’s no stopping Alex as of right now. He’s been lurking behind the top 3 men for the whole race hoping for some kind of a bloodbath. Didn’t worked out this time but who knows about next time ?!

JZ5 – 1: We’re entering into the danger zone right now and one can wander is that marriage will last long enough to get a honeymoon.

AD04 – 7: Danilo might have been « Sorry! » in the post-race press conf for winning instead of his teammate but WE’RE NOT.

JL99 – 3: One can only hope that flight straight to HRC’s HQ in Japan will not be a total waist of time. At least, the boy is trying!

FQ20 – 5: Look we adore Fabio. He’s a huge potential for the future. But the French press really need to stop going crazy from Friday to Sunday about him like he was alone on the grid.

MV12 – 5: To think the M1 used to win races at the Mugello, and now this…

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ROUND 4 OF RATING THE RIDRES: 2019 SPANISH GP

MM93 – 10: Marc – freaking flying away into the distance – Marquez won @ Jerez.

That’s it. That’s the tea.

VR46 – 6: Not often that Valentino got his ass kicked by his younger spanish teammate. I’m not sure i like that tbh. Hmm…

JZ5 – 3: Well Johann if that reassures you, judging by Jorge’s results so far, you wouldn’t have done much better on the RCV anyway… 

AR42 – 9: Alex Rins doesn’t only a Lion’s mane as hairs now, he also has the will to be King.

*Mic Drop*

FQ20 – 8: Would you please stop here with the crying Fabio. I do not know if my little heart could take more of it.

MV12 – 8: Mack took a good start. Mack stayed in shaped the whole race. Mack’s gotten a podium. MACK DID NOTHING LIKE THE MACK WE KNOW AND WE LIKE IT.

JL99 – 3: U’re my Boy JLo and i got Ur Back 4ever – but please tell me we’re not going into another year and a half of struggles. Please ? Jorge ?

*JL can’t hear you*

Sh$t…

AD04 – 6: I feel like since Dovi’s got read of Lorenzo as a teammate is doing “meh, whatever” 99% of the time. Now is it just me or does he needs someone to kick his ass in order to be back into the form he was over the last 2 seasons ?!

Special mention for DP26: We were happy to see U. We miss U. Please. Come Back.

QATAR / ARGENTINA / USA: WHERE ARE WE NOW, AFT…

QATAR / ARGENTINA / USA: WHERE ARE WE NOW, AFTER 3 ROUNDS ?

Back in Europe after 3 races spent oversea, the Spanish GP at Jerez always feels like a second start of the season. Before we got to go deep in it though, let’s see what we can take away from the first  rounds.

1. What happens oversea, stays oversea !

Losail, Termas de Rio Hondo and Cota are special tracks that often don’t reflect well what are the forces in play. A night time race will always be very different from a day time one. The best example of it was FP1 at Losail where both Rossi and Lorenzo dominated before getting back mid-field once the night had come.

The mixed weather conditions from the Argentina tracks makes the race a wild card for anyone to shine even though this year, Marquez took no prisoners there. As for CoTA, the asphalt is so specific (and bumpy) that only Marc Marquez can lap around 1 second faster than everybody else.

2. Yes for Ducati, BUT…

Ducati is having a good start of the season.

Not as good as you could hope coming from Dovizioso, who’s been challenging for the title over the last 3 years, but not as bad as they used too before 2016. You can help but have mixed feeling when it comes to the Bologna squad. They sure have the best bike on the grid. After years of hard work they finally created a beast able to take the win on any track and even able to fly away in the sunset in the right hands. Nonetheless, Dovizioso isn’t shining as much as he used too. Sometimes out of Q2, he’s lucky to be able to save precious points on sunday which is the main reason he’s coming back to europe leading the title chase.

As for Petrucci, the life as a factory rider isn’t an easy one. The boots left behind by Lorenzo are not easy ones to take on. While the spaniard needed time to adapt, once it all clicked into place he was one of the strongest contender of last year’s championship before being stroked with bad luck.

So far Petrucci isn’t meeting the expectations but again, employed to be number 2, what could they really asked him more to do ?

3. YAMAHA: 50/50

There’s a strange situation going on at Yamaha.

The bike doesn’t seems to have improved a lot compared to last year and yet, in the hands of Valentino Rossi, it’s a major threat every sundays, sometimes even though he was struggling in FP. The Doctor seems to be in the form of his life. Now he still hasn’t won and Marquez & Dovizioso will make this harder and harder for him yet this seems to be a now or never kind of situation for the 10th title.

On the other side of the box, Maverick’s new number isn’t hiding his
weaknesses. The same as always: starts is still a huge problem for the
spaniard, always loosing ground in the early laps even though he has the
same pace as the leaders by the end of the race.

4. It’s hard to shine @ Honda near MM93

Marc Marquez might have lost and tumbled at CoTA ending his streak of US
victories, but what he showed during the first 3 races of the year
still is pretty clear to anyone who’s not wearing tinted glasses: only
Marquez can beat Marquez. Still a phenomenon, his injured shoulder
surgery during winter didn’t stopped him one bit. As fast as ever, he’s
almost unbeatable if he doesn’t make a mistake on his own. His only let
down though is the RCV.

Together with Lorenzo, the spaniards suffered quite a few mechanical problems on their bike sometimes resulting on missing a good spot on the grid, sometime scoring 0 points during a race.

Like when he started at Ducati Lorenzo clearly needs time on the bike to understand completely how she’s working beneath him. While somes experts seems to be loosing patience with him again, much like @ Ducati, it’s worth remembering everyone that the spaniard has been on a roll with bad luck since Silverstone 2018. Race cancelled, injuries – some bigger than expected at first – and mechanical problems have led Lorenzo to have little time spent on the bike before the start of the season and deprived him from top 10 and maybe even better. Watch out for Jerez though, Lorenzo loves this track where he always does well and the RCV is always a major threat there. Jerez is always Lorenzo’s real start of the season, if it click there, things could change pretty fast.

5. Rins, a slow burn

While he was in smaller categories, Alex Rins showed he had to potential to do great things in GP. Since he took on the factory ride at Suzuki, Rins has been a slow burn but is finally meeting all expectations we had for him. Winner at CoTA, it didn’t came as a surprise for those os us that were paying attention to his progress since around mid season last year.

The bigining of great things to come ?

6. Rookies on fire

To say we have an impressive bunch of rookies this season would be an understatement. First Quartararo is clearly showing some huge potential on his M1 and we can only wish Yamaha will realise that before they loose him like they did with Zarco. Mir is also doing great stuffs so far and mix up with Rins, the Suzuki team could become a much bigger player in years to come. Things are harder for Oliveira. The KTM still is in huge need of progress yet Pol Espargaro’s good result last time out shows they’ll be there at some point.

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ROUND 3 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 AMERICAS GP

ROUND 3 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 AMERICAS GP

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AR42 – 10: Here at MGP_Fanpage we always knew Rins would do great at some point. A long awaited result that just show the rider’s potential when doing 1 with his bike. Sure enough, there’s much more to come!

MM93 – 6: Turns out, MotoGP’s very own alien is just human after all. Also, let’s note that the AmericasGP was once again proof that most of the time, only Marquez can beat Marquez.

VR46 – 9: it’s pretty obvious age is just a number and, at the end of day, you’re as old as you feel. On this note, i guess Vale was feeling 22 last night!

JL99 – 5: It’s pretty obvious now that HRC’s second bike is cursed. This, or JL killed a bunch of black cat secretly and is getting his ass kicked with bad luck for ever since.

JM43 – 9: *cuff cuff* doing better than Petrucci *cuff cuff*

MV12 – 3: Just when we thought he finally had a reasonable enough start, turns out, he jumped it! Oh Maverick, what are we gonna do with you…

AD04 – 6: *start taping* Forever the bridesmaid & never the bride.

*Hearing Dovi screaming* Yet, leading that championship!!

JZ5 – 4: If KTM’s test rider, Dani Pedrosa, has any magic trick up his sleeves, now would be a good time to show them to Johann!

HS58 – 1: Yes, Hafizh isn’t doing particularly well so far, but he’s still our favorite weird dancing person when it comes to gifs!

ROUND 3 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 AMERICAS GP

ROUND 3 OF RATING THE RIDERS: 2019 AMERICAS GP

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AR42 – 10: Here at MGP_Fanpage we always knew Rins would do great at some point. A long awaited result that just show the rider’s potential when doing 1 with his bike. Sure enough, there’s much more to come!

MM93 – 6: Turns out, MotoGP’s very own alien is just human after all. Also, let’s note that the AmericasGP was once again proof that most of the time, only Marquez can beat Marquez.

VR46 – 9: it’s pretty obvious age is just a number and, at the end of day, you’re as old as you feel. On this note, i guess Vale was feeling 22 last night!

JL99 – 5: It’s pretty obvious now that HRC’s second bike is cursed. This, or JL killed a bunch of black cat secretly and is getting his ass kicked with bad luck for ever since.

JM43 – 9: *cuff cuff* doing better than Petrucci *cuff cuff*

MV12 – 3: Just when we thought he finally had a reasonable enough start, turns out, he jumped it! Oh Maverick, what are we gonna do with you…

AD04 – 6: *start taping* Forever the bridesmaid & never the bride.

*Hearing Dovi screaming* Yet, leading that championship!!

JZ5 – 4: If KTM’s test rider, Dani Pedrosa, has any magic trick up his sleeves, now would be a good time to show them to Johann!

HS58 – 1: Yes, Hafizh isn’t doing particularly well so far, but he’s still our favorite weird dancing person when it comes to gifs!

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