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MotoGP, Portimao Grand Prix: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Martin wins ahead of Bastianini. Bagnaia and Marquez have problems with space. Aprilia's modification impeded Viñales from disguising himself again. Acosta studies like a champion.

MotoGP: Portimao Grand Prix: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Martin wins ahead of Bastianini. Another double win for Ducati. But, rather than celebrating, they have to also pick up the pieces of the crash between Bagnaia and Marquez. The price of the abundance of champions was high, and the post-race headaches weren't (only) due to the abundance of prosecco. They were in good company, with Aprilia that was cursing a gearbox that wouldn't shift gears, and KTM riders discovering what it meant to have Acosta in the family. Yet, there were those who were worse off. All you had to do was take a walk to the Honda garage to find out who.

THE GOOD - Martin and Bastianini did their homework after Qatar, and we saw the results. Or, rather, they saw them because, between Acosta's overtake and the crash between Bagnaia and Marquez, everyon's eyes were elsewhere. They were great, but not good enough to take the spotlight.

THE UGLY - After the podium in Indonesia, he donned a Batman mask. After the Sprint won in Portimão, it was a gorilla one. The Aprilia's gearbox decided that Viñales' party was over. We feel bad about the fizzled out (but well-deserved) 2nd place, less so for being saved from another disguise.


THE BAD - Sharing an aquarium with a shark is hard. And Binder and Miller aren't exactly two sardines. But, in the confrontation with Acosta, they surely looked like they were. In the second GP of the season, the experienced factory riders ended up behind the young rookie. It's the wind of change, even if what's blowing in from Mazzaron looks like a storm, at least for Brad and Jack.

THE DELUSION - He says it's all black, but it was hard to see any color in Marini's weekend. It's (unfortunately) not the first time the Hondas close the standings, but Luca resembled a broom wagon.. We trust his optimism, but we'd like a confirmation.

THE CONFIRMATION - It was a problem of space. The space Bagnaia and Marquez wanted to occupy. There was only room for one, yet two tried to go there, and they certainly didn't hug it out. Champions are cumbersome. They tend to bump into each other, and Ducati knows they're dangerous but also valuable commodities. In the first delivery, the fairings arrived all broken. They could have done better.


THE ERROR - A hiccup at the start cost him the race. But Fermin Aldeguer put a patch on it and came close to the podium after two long laps. It ended up worse for his teammate, Lopez, who was ahead of everyone before meeting the gravel face to face.

THE SURPRISE - Aron Canet doesn't seem to be the shy type, but his courtship with the Moto2 victory went on for a long time. After four years, the first race. He better call it quits so that he can see it again soon.


THE OVERTAKE - Against the monotony of modern racing, the remedy is Pedro Acosta. As a rookie, he hasn't yet realized how difficult it is to overtake in the MotoGP. Thanks to his ignorance, he put his wheels in front of Marquez and then Bagnaia. The audience thanks him.

THE ANECDOTE - Acosta (it's always him) is the 3rd youngest rider to stand on the podium in the Premier Class. Those that had done better than him were Randy Mamola and Eduardo Salatino.

THE I TOLD YOU SO - Jorge Lorenzo had been clear about it: "On the Ducati, Marquez won't fall as much as on the Honda." In Portugal, Marc went down four times.



Translated by Leila Myftija

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