qualifying lap of 1:40.9 to take pole
, and challenged Marquez right to the line from the get go, something that simply hasn’t happened this season to date. He needs more performances like that, if nothing else, to make this season more interesting. His future is still a curious one, is Repsol Honda just going to keep him around as an adequate #2, or will they roll the dice and try someone new, like Alexis Espargaro or Stefan Bradl?
Also, did he cost himself a true shot at the win when he raised his hand with about 7 to go? Hmmm…
Will the real Jorge Lorenzo, please stand up?
I do not understand you sometimes Jorge. He came off his best weekend of the season, to looking painfully mediocre again in what was arguably his best track, having won here the last two years. I even predicted that he would win this one and end the streak, in true Brock Lesnar fashion. He looked decent at the start, but quickly fell to the back of the pack, then dropped out of contention altogether until the “yellow flag fiasco”, before dropping off again by the end.
Jorge says he just wasn’t fast enough out of the final corner to stay with the leaders, but I think that’s nonsense. You don’t lose that kind of time in just 15 seconds of race track. This was a lot more like the Lorenzo we’ve seen for most of the season, rather than Jorge at his best, which is what we saw at Mugello. Whatever it is, considering he’s now 97 points back from Marquez, his season might already be done.
I love the midfield in MotoGP right now. Every race weekend, it seems that it’s changing. There’s no standout “best of the midfield” runner in the sport right now, and while Catalunya wasn’t the best example, the field really fluctuates from race to race.
Right now, in this second tier, I have:
Aleix Espargaro – Constantly punching above his weight in machinery that isn’t good, and with a team that can’t develop as much as their others due to lack of budget. Excellent qualifier
Pol Espargaro – Bit of a rough start, but already replicating results similar to Tech 3’s best when they had Crutchlow and Dovi.
Stefan Bradl – To be honest, he really should have more than 1 podium, given that he has factory support (And according to Julian Ryder, Honda are a little disappointed too), but he’s probably the most consistent of the midfield runners right now.
Andrea Dovizioso – The best of the rest so far this season. Dragging that awful Ducati as far as he can take it.
Bradley Smith – Started his 2nd season with real promise, but has slipped lately, was really unhappy post-Spain, as his tweet suggests:
Cal Crutchlow – Okay, this one is frustrating the shit out of me. Crutchlow has the talent, that’s established from his half a dozen podiums, But that Ducati is an AWFUL bike that Cal’s never been able to replicate his 2013 form in, and the mechanical issues its had would make Sebastian Vettel wet the bed. He deserves to be in the Top 8, but the team is clearly holding him back.
Andrea Iannone – Without a doubt, the most improved rider of 2014. Mentioned him before during my Italy blog, but his qualifying is getting better, his race pace is only hindered by his sub-standard Satellite Ducati, and his starts are superb. Other guys are close, like Yonny Hernandez, and Scott Redding would be up there if it wasn’t for his customer Honda, but for me, that pack is as good as any bit of Motorsport most weekends!
And Finally… –
This Vine is hilarious. That is all. Thanks for reading!