The qualifying lap Dovi laid down on Saturday was no fluke
But because of the softer rubber Ducati HAVE to run on race day, it fell apart by the middle part of the grand prix, and he finished down in 7th, 20 seconds behind race winner Marquez. This is the “Catch 22” that Ducati are in. They can develop engines and whatnot, and on paper have good speed, but because of the softer rubber, they fall away in terms of race pace by the end, so what’s the point?
It’s a shame, because Andrea Dovizioso is having a superb season, on a bike that really shouldn’t be doing what he’s doing, but the Open Class rules are beginning to cripple any chance of top flight success unless the rain comes down. The same was happening with Andrea Iannone too. Not a good sign.
A Good Day for The Brits! (About time)
Hooray, some decent British results! The top Brit turned out to be Bradley Smith. Bradders revealed a very honest and open blog on BT Sport last weekend talking about how he knows his future is on the line in the next few races and how he needed to improve, and he did. 6th place and his 2nd best career result was a good way of answering some of the doubters. Yes, he was behind Pol, but considering he’s the World Champion on a Factory contract, shouldn’t we kind of expect that? Good performance from Bradley, if he can keep up the Top 8 performances, he should be okay for next year.
Slightly further back, Scott Redding had the best race of his season so far. After making Q2 for the first time and qualifying in 11th place, he turned it into a 9th placed finish in the race, and scrapped all race long with Cal Crutchlow for 8th. A phenomenal performance from Scott who really seemed to make the track his own, and finished as top Open Class bike for the first time. And with Alvaro Bautista continuing his awful run of form, SURELY he’ll be taking his seat next year? One can only hope, because the kid is a top talent.
And finally, let’s give Leon Camier a mention, because his performance was fantastic. He’s come into the Aspar team on short notice, a brand new bike, brand new brakes and tyres, had improved by 6 or so seconds by Qualifying, got it on 16th place, and would have probably scored points if it weren’t for a mechanical retirement. A brilliant job from Leon under the circumstances and I hope it continues for Brno as he fills in for Nicky Hayden. Who knows, he may even find a seat full time…
Grand Slam Kallio
Moto2 was led by a brilliant and dominant performance by Mika Kallio, achieving the rare Grand Slam victory in Pole Position, Winning, achieving the fastest lap and leading every single racing lap in the process. Even after a precarious red flag early on, and changing tyres on the grid for the restart, Kallio was in complete control, always keeping that one second cushion he made off the start line in the 16 lap restart. Thankfully, Mattia Pasini,