Full marks for Ducati in the fourth stage of the MotoGP in Jerez de la Frontera. Morbidelli and Mir also pass the exam.
The Spanish Grand Prix opens a month of May with great appointments for MotoGP and to start it with the right foot and a winning step they are Jack Miller and “Pecco” Bagniaia: promotion with full marks for the Australian who wins the GP and for the Piedmontese who even takes the lead in the World Championship, thanks also to physical defaillance of Quartararo and Vinales’ inconsistency. Only Morbidelli saves the Andalusian budget of the Yamaha. Sufficiency remains a dream for Valentino Rossi.
FRANCESCO BAGNAIA: VOTE 10
Third appearance on the podium in four grand prix for the Turin-born, whose collection is missing only the top step, but it seems only a matter of time. It is already time instead of thinking like a leader (of the classification) and this – the reasoning in the race – seems to be Pecco’s winning gift. Head to place and heart over the curve: Bagnaia peeps out in front of everyone and thinks big. A Ducati with continuous performance and possibly similar to that of Jerez will also be needed. in the meantime VOTE 10 to DUCATI same that in the circuit “De la Frontera” did not start exactly the favorite.
JACK MILLER: VOTO 10
The Townsville pilot is officially “on fire”. The physical form is recovered, the confidence too. Jack left the group and flew for the victory: the eighth in his career, the second in MotoGP, five years after the first, in the now distant Dutch TT of Assen in 2016 with Honda.
MARC MARQUEZ: VOTE 7
The competitive convalescence of the “Cannibal” continues, which has slightly worsened the placement of the return of Portimao from seventh to ninth) but has the psycho-mitigating circumstances of the test flight on the runway that nine months ago almost cost him the second time of his career. And now in Le Mans to aim a little higher.
FABIO QUARTARARO: VOTE 9
Jerez is his track, he was aiming for a lot to strengthen his leadership but Saturday’s pole turned into a GP of pure suffering due to a hardening of his right arm (suspected compartment syndrome) which forced him to travel at a reduced pace, paraded by twelve colleagues, one after the other. Lost opportunity, now we need to understand the reason for the defaillance and regain confidence for the home race in mid-month. Anyway better than “Mister Inconsistency” MAVERICK VINALES (VOTE: 5) who started the World Cup with a victory but immediately lost his way to the podium: an old story.
FRANCO MORBIDELLI: VOTE 8
His M1 will be a museum but Franco leads it on the podium, first of the Yamaha riders to the finish line. Concentrated, bad and positive (in the good sense, these days …), the Italian shows the way to the former teacher VALENTINO ROSSI (VOTE 5), in a brawl at the bottom of the group like any other Rabat. The great blow VR46 in MotoGP in 2020, announced in the days leading up to the GP, raised his average.
JOAN MIR: VOTE 7
Want to see that the defending champion has new arrows in his bow? Joan has taken the pace of 2020, has never gone beyond seventh and sits comfortably ahead of Suzuki’s twin ALEX RINS (slipped, VOTE 4) which seems to have taken as a point of reference … Vinales. The problem (of Mir) is that his continuity of performance now also belongs to two or three difficult customers: the factory ducatisti, meanwhile.
We close the Andalusian judgments with a dutiful foray in smaller classes.
VOTE 10 TO FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO
The Roman gives an emotionally intense success to the Gresini Moto2 team, with dedicated to Faust and fifth place in the general behind Marco Bezzecchi, set at the finish line in Jerez.
VOTE 10 TO PEDRO ACOSTA
The “rookie sensation” of the KTM Ajo team slips the third consecutive success of a “dirty” score only (so to speak) from … second place of the seasonal debut in Losail. There are more than double the points advantage of the Spaniard (who will turn seventeen on 25 May) over Niccolò Antonelli: 95 to 44. Race for the title compromised: for ours and … for all the others!