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

There are many interesting things you can do when you're in company. One of them is fighting to the last turn in Jerez. Bagnaia and Marquez explained it with facts.

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

There are many interesting things you can do when you're in company. One of them is fighting to the last turn at Jerez. On a Ducati Sunday, Bagnaia and Marquez did all sorts of things. Pecco painted his masterpiece, but Marc's work was no less impressive. The MotoGP picture gallery was enriched thanks, in part, to Bezzecchi's return to the podium.

THE GOOD - Some say one of them wins only because of his Ducati, and the other is now a beaten fighter. Together, they boast 11 world titles, and mostly they entertain. It's the classic battle between Italy and Spain. This time it was Bagnaia versus Marquez. We've been waiting for it for years, and we got it. But we want more.

THE UGLY - The French invented the revolution, and Johann Zarco is a worthy heir to it. He explained his thoughts on Freddie Spencer and why he should stay home: 92 minutes of applause.

THE BAD - What are DJs, fireworks, and special effects for? The new trend is podiums among trucks. Dani Pedrosa was the first to experiment it. After this particularly sad spectacle, maybe he'll think twice before accepting another wild card. He thought he had seen it all in his career, but the MotoGP always manages to offer surprises.

THE DISAPPOINTMENT - Just enough time to photograph Honda's new prototype, and it was already trashed. From what the riders say, there's nothing worth recycling. Good intentions aren't always enough.

THE CONFIRMATION - Aprilia's really fast, KTM made great strides, but Ducati is always up in front. After the first few races, some thought the red was losing its luster but, instead, it's brighter than ever. Even the used 2023 didn't experience the passage of time that much. Dall'Igna is definitely a hell of an engineer.

THE ERROR - Sooner or later, all good things come to an end. Like Martin's positive streak, interrupted at home with a trivial mistake. He was still ahead of everyone, as he is in the standings.

THE SURPRISE - We've (finally) seen Oliveira again. AWOL during the first races, he showed up in Spain and was the best Aprilia rider at the finish line on Sunday. We're talking about an 8th place, but they have to be content with that.

THE OVERTAKE - Bagnaia has been wanting to complete an outside overtake on two riders since last year's Thai GP. And he did just that in Jerez.

THE ANECDOTE- There were those who multiplied loaves and fishes: in Jerez, it was the spectators. Math is an opinion and, from 180,000 to 300,000, it's easy to get confused.

THE I TOLD YOU SO - Viñales was convinced of his chances on Friday: "We started again from our level in Austin." Then the bat signal switched off.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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