And my goodness, the podium celebration… I’ve been watching this sport now for the better part of 15 years, and I have NEVER seen a track invasion or atmosphere in this sport, as to when Rossi stepped on the podium and the roar of the crowd gave me goosebumps. Simply mesmerizing.
He’s not the best rider in the world anymore, and he probably knows that, but I have to salute Valentino. He’s changed his riding style and adapted so much to combat the new threat in Marquez, and how he stays so passionate and motivated despite being 35 years old is incredible, and I don’t even care that the race was boring outside of the first 2 laps, this sport is better when Rossi is at the top. We owe him our thanks, because he’s done more for this sport than any rider ever has, and this was his reward for a season of hard work and faultless riding. Valentino, you are the man, and we owe you our thanks.
Ducati’s British Form was no fluke!
I really do genuinely think that Ducati have found some form these last few rounds. Even Cal Crutchlow looked half decent!
But seriously, another brilliant, brilliant ride from Andrea Dovizioso to finish in 4th place, just a handful of bike lengths behind Factory Honda runner, Dani Pedrosa, and only five seconds off the win. Andrea Iannone continued his fantastic improvement this season by matching his career high yet again in 5th as well.
Is the Open Class finally starting to pay dividends for Ducati? With updates and a test coming up at Aragon, keep half an eye on them, they are getting closer and their qualifying pace is very helpful to them as well, Dovi with four straight front row starts in the second half of the season.
(I always said Dovi should have gotten that second Repsol Honda when they had three instead of Pedrosa…Dude is top class.)
Tito Rabat finds another gear against Kallio
Remember after Indianapolis, I suggested that Rabat was looking vulnerable and under pressure from Kallio’s performances? WRONG, WRONG, WRONG.
Rabat took his third win in a row and he was a metronome out there, just lapping faster and faster towards the end of the race, and when he passed Kallio in sector 2, Kallio just didn’t have the tyre wear or the speed to keep up. It was another intelligent, hard fought, precision ride from Rabat, who seems to have gotten his head down and found another gear when it’s mattered most.
He now leads the Championship by 22 points, and with a home race in Aragon next, he could really hit Kallio where it hurts next time out. Also, great rides from Johann Zarco for 3rd, Maverick Vinales with another solid ride in 4th, and Thomas Luthi rounding off the Top 5. A shame for Ricard Cardus as well, was on track for an amazing Top 8 finish for Tech 3 before hitting the deck.
Also – If anyone finds Luis Salom’s form, please return it to Aragon, because 15th ain’t cutting it.
Rins pips Marquez yet again as Estrella Dominate
I’m almost glad the Moto3 race wasn’t as thrill heavy as it has been in previous rounds, seriously, if we had another race like Brno or Silverstone, I think you’d see me on an operating table for heart failure!
I’m starting to get an hunch that the