He is clearly one of the fastest MotoGP riders - as evidenced, for example, by the fact that he is the only rider to never have gone through Q1 this season - but this ability to ride fast on a motorcycle has not materialize anything for him. He went out the back door of Ducati, Suzuki renounced him after being their reference rider for two years ...What’s going on?
The championship situation, his crashes, HRC’s difficult RCV, his relationship with Honda, Lorenzo’s arrival in his box next season, Yamaha’s Marquez veto… Marc Marquez not only didn’t avoid any of the subjects we raised, but, as always, he spoke clearly about each one of them…
What happened at Silverstone last Sunday? What led to the suspension of the GP? Who was responsible for the suspension? Could the embarrassing spectacle of leaving 50,000 spectators waiting in the rain for hours been avoided?
Silverstone: Dovizioso won last year on the Ducati; Lorenzo has a total of 3 wins, more than any of his rivals; Marquez has grabbed pole position 4 times; Viñales will be hard to beat as it’s his favorite circuit, where he had his first MotoGP win two years ago... So after all this evidence, why would we bet on Valentino?
Mortals have good days and bad days, but riders never seem to. And that's when "the tires aren’t working," "the asphalt has no grip" and all the other explanations we have heard so many times. It's in these moments is when a ex rider has to look him in the eye and say "no, don’t make excuse". Because he, as a former racer, is the only one who the rider recognizes as an equal.
It’s obvious that Yamaha has not managed the disagreement generated between Ramón Forcada and Maverick Viñales, or if you prefer, that Maverick Viñales has with Ramón Forcada. Perhaps it’s not an error in management, but the sense is that it simply was not “managed” until the issue turned into a crisis and gone beyond the scope of the team.
Definition: Explosive cyclogenesis is a meteorological phenomenon that occurs when a mass of hot air collides with another of cold air, generating devastating effects similar to those of a tropical cyclone. That is more or less the description of what happened last weekend on the left side of the Yamaha box, Maverick Viñales’s side
Viñales complains how difficult is to ride his Yamaha in the first part of the race with new tires and the full tank, but the truth is that between the time the traffic light goes out and the first turn is negotiated, Maverick has lost a total of 24 positions in these first 9 races. Maybe he has to look for the culprit somewhere else…
It is the most important race of the season for the four Japanese factories, with their own technical regulation, with electronics MotoGP riders can only dream of, with four tire brands on the track ... the 8 Hours of Suzuka is in another dimension.
A title can become an obsession, especially when the rider has the merits to achieve it. Dani Pedrosa will finish at the end of the season his racing career lacking a MotoGP crown, but many still consider him a champion.
There is no one who "understands motorcycling" that disagrees: Quartararo has the talent to go fast on a motorcycle. But I don’t understand the urgency to close Fabio Quartararo as a second rider for Team SIC Petronas Yamaha, especially with the recent examples of Zarco, Viñales and Lorenzo.
He has practically disappeared off the map. After a powerful start to the championship that led him to two seconds in Argentina and Jerez and to appear at Le Mans as the top favorite for victory, Johann Zarco seems to have dissolved like snow in the heat.