MotoGP, GP Brno: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

At times it is the most cunning who wins in MotoGP, sometimes the fastest, sometimes the smartest and on other occasions the luckiest, Marquez at Brno was all four of these things


At times it is the most cunning who wins in MotoGP, sometimes the fastest, sometimes the smartest and on other occasions the luckiest, Marquez at Brno was all four of these things. The advantage he gained from just one move was so great that, rather than messages, the Spaniard could have sent videos of his bike change to his rivals to have a bit of a laugh and feel less alone in the final stages.

What with bikes not ready, communications arriving late, it was a veritable comedy of errors, for which certain riders paid a high price.

In Moto3 Mir didn't put a foot wrong but Fenati tried from start to finish, while it's better we don't mention Moto2. Good job Luthi, on winning the world's shortest race.

THE GOOD – The future, already the present, is represented by Joan Mir, the Moto3 cannibal with insatiable hunger. In the Czech Republic, he took his sixth dish from the ten offered up by the menu so far, and he still doesn't seem ready for coffee. Dessert, that sweet dish worth an entire year, is being prepared, with the order having already reached the kitchen.

THE UGLY –  They call them world championships, but they're treated like support races. Moto3 and Moto2 are good for being cut short when necessary. At Brno it was the intermediate class: 6 laps, so that it would finish quickly and leave room for the MotoGP.  We understand that timings have to be respected for His Honour the Television, but such short races are unheard of even at local level.

THE BAD – We haven't laughed so much since Laurel and Hardy were on TV. Folger coming into the pits and going back out because his bike isn't ready (waving goodbye to the podium), Lorenzo who has to wait for the mechanics to finish their work, like when you go for a service, Iannone who finds a rain tyre in the place of a slick at the front, then the strategy mistakes - rookie mistakes - made by Dovizioso and Rossi. With every error, important points are lost.

THE DISAPPOINTMENT – The sprint race didn't help, he was the man who had the most to lose, he didn't take risks but lost out anyway. Franco Morbidelli suffered more than others in the rain and despite being the Moto2 ruler, he now has only a 17-point lead over Luthi. Using one's head doesn't always pay off.

THE CONFIRMATION – Valentino is right, Marc Marquez is a fox, no bunch of grapes is too high for him to reach. He transforms mistakes into advantages and uses guile to make them even greater. He seems to be in telepathic contact with his garage. Perfect, there's nothing else to say.

THE MISTAKE – Mattina Pasini started from pole twice on the same day, before and after the red flag. Unfortunately, the rain betrayed him and he was left with a fistful of flies. He has, however, made progress since the last race.

THE SURPRISE – Just one fast lap and pole position, the first of his career no less. Gabriel Rodrigo showed what it means to put in minimum effort and receive maximum return.

THE PASS– he started 17th, dropped back to 22nd and then reached the podium. Aron Canet seems to like rollercoasters and has the strong stomach needed to deal with the punches. Rather than just one overtake, it was an almost endless series of passes.

THE INTERESTING FACT – As you can see from the photo, Loris Capirossi was elbows down. Capirex is testing each MotoGP bike for TV and, having started with the Ducati, it was the turn of the GSX-RR at Brno. And they call it work.

I TOLD YOU SO – Valentino proved farsighted on Saturday: “the weather could shuffle the cards come race day”. The problem is that the cards actually fell right off the table.


Translated by Heather Watson

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