Okay, yet another confession
– Going off of last season, I thought Andrea Iannone was going the way of a guy like Randy de Puniet, or a Ben Spies, being a bit mediocre and never really breaking that next level. But if there’s one guy who the Open Class rules seems to have really helped out, is Andrea Iannone. Iannone has done a brilliant job in utilizing and maximising the new Open Class rules, and has channelled it into monumental improvement.
Yes, he’s had his drops sprinkled in, but for me, he’s been the most impressive of all the midfield runners so far. He’s nailed some superb laps in qualifying, becoming the first Satellite ran bike on the front row of a grid this season, and has become in my opinion, the best starter in the field as well. If the Ducati he was on, didn’t go through tyres like a fat kid goes through a box of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, than maybe he’d be challenging for podiums, his long distance scrap with Dani Pedrosa the testament to how far he’s come this season. Watch out for him, he could shock a lot more people!
Moto2: Tito calculates, but the Rookies shine again
I feel a bit bad for Tito Rabat to be honest. He’s caught between a rock and a hard place. The “rock” as it were, was the fact that despite being the most consistent and best of the Moto2 field so far this season, he’s been out-shined a little by how fast the Moto3 rookie graduates of 2013 have gotten so fast, and have adapted so quickly.
Maverick Vinales looked like the guy to watch early on, but he’s been joined by the ever improving Luis Salom and the guy everyone thought was too big to be a top class rider, Jonas Folger with his 2nd podium in just 6 races in the Moto2 class. The “hard place” so to speak, is (like I mentioned in my season so far blog here), is that all the over guys who beat him in previous seasons, are now all in the top class, and we know they’re better (Redding, Espargaro, Marquez), so that might hurt his employability, with a team maybe taking a chance on Vinales, Salom or Folger, than take the guaranteed bet in Rabat, who will probably fall behind a fair few folks.
It’s a shame that Rabat is still doing so well, but it hurts him that the division just isn’t what it once was. And the rookies and even his own team mate and veteran Mika Kallio, is taking away the column inches he may need down the road when employers come knocking.
Moto3: The craziest finish ever?!
Wow, isn’t Moto3 just f***ing awesome? Every race this season has come down to at least 3 dudes on the final lap fighting tooth and nail to get that win. Brilliant snipe at the end from Romano Fenati to take his first win at home in front of the Italian fans, narrowly pipping Issac Vinales and Alex Rins (Who had to be split by the photograph) for the podium. The Top 7 were covered by just six tenths of a second and it was absolute pandamonium. Keith Huewen nearly had a heart attack!
And it could have been even more, if it weren’t for Championship Leader Jack Miller clipping Miguel Oliviera’s back wheel at Turn 12 on the final lap and as a result, colliding with Alex Marquez and Enea Bastianini. Miller was given two penalty points as a result, and apparently he was livid, calling out Dorna for “lack of consistency” and “thinking he could have gotten more once I started swearing”. I love Jack Miller, he’s a proper Aussie tough rider who’s incredibly honest, and if anything, I think this mistake will get his head back in gear for Catalunya next weekend, he still leads the Championship by 5 points and for me, he’s stood out the most in what is an ULTRA-competitive division at the moment. Any given weekend there’s 10-12 guys who could get on the podium. That’s nuts.
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