Highlights from Brno
At least we have got that out of the way…Marc Marquez is not going to win every race this year … but don’t hold your breath and think his domination is over - it’s not! It was quite clear he had a problem and really let the others off the hook. I have never seen a happier podium and so much back slapping.
Dani Pedrosa was obviously ecstatic to have won; Jorge Lorenzo was virtually hugging Dani and congratulating him - the very man he detested three years ago when it took the King of Spain to get them to shake hands. Valentino was extremely elated, why? Because they all beat the seemingly unbeatable Marc Marquez! It seems as though the established ‘Aliens’, regular winners, have unseated the king. Whatever went on, it is perfect timing for the British GP at Silverstone as Dani, Jorge and Valentino will arrive at the Northampton track knowing that it’s not a one horse race (but please don’t put any money on that)!
Personally, I am really pleased to see Jorge Lorenzo back where he should be. I have no idea why he went AWOL and I’m pretty sure nor does he. Dani Pedrosa, who finished 4th at the previous race in Indianapolis and 10 seconds from Marquez, was at his best. He is a class act, but unpredictable. As for the Doctor, he is still very much in his surgery; I think he will win a race this year and it would be fitting to do that at Silverstone, where he won his first ever MotoGP race in the UK, back in 2000.
I am pleased and relieved for Bradley Smith retaining his Tech 3 Yamaha seat. I think the team and Yamaha realise what a grafter he is and always gives 110%.
As for Cal, again it’s comforting to know he is getting a full factory Honda with LCR. I am sure he could hurt himself properly on that Ducati; it just doesn’t seem to be working for his style. Well done to his management team for getting him back on the favoured Honda - however, we and he know that he will have to be at the sharp end of the grid from the word go in 2015…. No pressure there then Cal!
Scott Redding has been impeccable on the production Honda. Under the radar he has impressed some very influential people; and we all know how he loves Silverstone, winning the Moto 2 race last year. I really don’t think we have had such an abundance of British talent in the Grand Prix since the 80’s and are currently punching well above our weight.
Congratulations must go to Danny Kent who got his first podium of 2014 in Brno - more please Danny! I do feel for John McPhee. He’s doing so well but keeps getting caught out by other riders’ incidents. With his mature manner and work ethic he’ll get there - a little bit of luck would help. Then there is Gino Rea; you have to give it to the lad - determination and true grit! It can’t be easy self-funding with AGT REA Racing, constantly battling to find new sponsors to help keep him in the paddock. He deserves a podium for that alone. Carry on Gino, we are behind you!
Another rider who has shown he has the making for podiums is Sam Lowes. He has the speed and the determination; he just needs to stay on the bike until the end of the race! The current World Supersport champion has so much raw talent. You can’t teach someone this, but you can teach them how to reduce the number of crashes…that comes with experience and an allergy to pain. Let’s face it; three years ago a very young Marc Marquez was commonly seen flying through the gravel. He has now learnt that 4th still gives you 13 points…and no physical pain!
Hopefully, Leon Camier will still have the injured Nicky Hayden’s ride at Silverstone (rest up Nicky - see you fit and well in Misano). Leon had a decent ride taking a point and, as they say, every little helps. Not forgetting Michael Laverty - just when you think he’s making in-roads…bang, he crashes out. Such a great lad, but not being able to find the consistency to finish. It will be a shame when the PBM Racing team leaves the paddock at the end of the season; at least they’ve tried and have had the experience of running with the big boys in the top flight of motorcycle racing. Let’s see who will fill their boots in the paddock!
I am really looking forward to catching up with Colin Edwards, who has now retired from GP racing, at Silverstone. He is a great bloke and has had a fantastic career in WSB Championship and came so close to winning a MotoGP race. I hope he continues to be involved with the series; it’s well worth going to Silverstone just to show your appreciation for his entertainment over the years. Not racing, I can imagine he will be on the rev limiter all weekend!
So with just 10 days to go to our home GP there are so many reasons to get your grandstand seats booked…all our British lads need your support and for you to give them loads of noisy encouragement to help them on their way.
So see you there, cheering Cal, Bradley, Scott, Michael, Sam, Gino, Leon, Danny and John! Come on - fly the flag at Silverstone!comments powered by Disqus