Silverstone Blog Catalunya
So Marc Marquez is a human after all! He didn’t get pole… what happened?
I think Repsol and Honda have had a word to try and make the Championship a little more exciting.
Quite frankly, I could watch the young Spaniard on his own. Unless you have ever tried to do what he is doing, it is very hard to comprehend his outstanding brilliance.
We have, for many years, spoken about the four aliens (riders who seem to be able to go beyond what is conceivably possible; Rossi, Lorenzo, Stoner and Pedrosa). Well it’s like all the others fell out of the spaceship leaving Marquez in charge as Captain (and unfortunately Casey Stoner went fishing).
It was a great race at Catalunya and I’m sure I was not alone when I say I was screaming at the television with fingers crossed that it wasn’t going to end in tears! I even got my hat out at one point, thinking I was going to have to eat it with Valentino Rossi’s performance! I have far too much respect for the Doctor to have ever written him off, but truthfully I didn’t expect him to be consistently getting the better of his teammate, the hugely talented Jorge Lorenzo.
It is a mystery to me, and I suspect to Jorge, what has happened with him this year. It seems it all went wrong in winter testing and he has never really captured the form that we have seen this double World Champion produce.
I am pretty sure the diminutive Dani Pedrosa will have been pleased with his performance at Catalunya, after a fairly miserable start to this season. For the first time this year he looks like he could win a race and he got his first pole. Dani was rather unlucky not to get second after running into the back of Marquez at the third-from-last corner, going slightly wide and letting Rossi through. I do believe he is back on form now after the operation to eliminate his arm pump problems.
A solid ride from Scott Redding, who is doing exactly what we expected of him, learning the tracks on a 200bhp bike and I would say doing enough to get a 225bhp bike next season.
As for poor old Cal Crutchlow, who is really going through a tough time right now, retiring before half-race distance with yet another electrical problem - I am sure he knew it was going to be a tough transition to the Ducati, but he could never have expected this physical and mechanical nightmare! Even before his mechanical issues, Cal is not where he wants to be, qualifying outside the top 12.
I am sure a lot of people think MotoGP riders are fearless…not so! It’s just their thresholds are higher than normal human beings. When you have been to the medical centre and bounced down the track regularly, your brain goes into preservation mode; no matter what you do the speed has to come back naturally. Hopefully Cal and Ducati will get it all together in August, in time for the British MotoGP at Silverstone.
I am also aware that Bradley Smith will be a little frustrated that his rookie teammate, Pol Espargaro, is in front of him in the Championship. He will have to turn that around, as he knows, to keep his ride for next year - it’s dog-eat-dog out there!
I sound like the grim reaper here, but in Moto2 Sam Lowes is finding it tough - and trust me, it is! He is learning new tracks all the time and it’s so competitive but he, like Bradley, is a real trier who has raw speed and will eventually float to the top. Perhaps not trying too hard will help him achieve his top ten ambitions.
John McPhee is putting in a great show in Moto3 - a few spectacular crashes, but he has the potential to be a regular front-runner amongst the loony junior class!
History was made at Catalunya when Alex Marquez and older sibling Marc took a win each; the brothers having never won on the same day in MotoGP before. They are taking over the world!
So, with only two more races before half-term the school report for the British lads would undoubtedly read, “Could do better, but with potential”, with Marc Marquez being made Head Boy.
The next race in two weeks’ time is at Assen, the ‘Cathedral of Motorcycling’. I have great memories of Cal Crutchlow getting pole position and finishing 3rd - let’s hope it will be a turning point in his season. It’s where Jorge Lorenzo’s chances of the Championship went pear-shaped last year, but it was also where Valentino Rossi won so I’m best keeping my hat warm!comments powered by Disqus