MotoGP: Catalan Grand Prix
The seventh round of the MotoGP season has finished at Catalunya, this is how the riders and manufacturers did
KTM are back on top! The Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira from the Factory Red Bull KTM Team started the Grand Prix in fourth place, but by the end of the race Miguel stood on the top step of the podium! After battling hard he rewrote what looked to be a set script for a Yamaha victory! Brad Binder, the South African KTM rider, started the Grand Prix in eighth place but he had a hard battle with other riders, and he finished the Grand Prix in eighth place. The Factory KTM Team are really benefiting from the new chassis and fuel that they have started to use.
The Tech 3 team on the other hand had a disaster of a weekend! Danilo Petrucci started in eighteenth place and did not finish the race after he crashed out at the fast turn 9. Iker Lecuona started the Grand Prix down in sixteenth place and he did not finish the race either after he crashed out.
The Factory Ducati Team had a reasonable day. Their Australian rider, Jack Miller, started in second place and after some tough racing and tyre conservation he managed to bring his Ducati home in 3rd place for a well deserved podium. The Italian rider, Francesco Bagnaia, started the Grand Prix down in tenth place and struggled throughout the whole race as he could only finish in seventh place.
The Pramac Ducati Team saw Zarco start from third place on the grid. Johann rode his race amazingly as he conserved his tyres when he needed to and then pushed right towards the end as he challenged Miguel on the last lap. He managed to finish the race in second place. Returning rider, Jorge Martin, had a strong comeback ride after his injury. He qualified in fifteenth place and rode well to finish the race in the points, as he finished fourteenth place.
The Esponsorama Avintia Ducati and VR46 Ducati riders did a good job today. Enea Bastianini qualified in seventeenth place, but during the race he rode well and finished tenth once again, Bastianini has really gone under the radar this year. The VR46 rider, Luca Marini, qualified down in nineteenth place, but during the race he benefited from some crashes and found himself finishing the Grand Prix in twelfth.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Team had a weird weekend. Fabio Quartararo qualified on pole and looked as if he would run away with the race win when the lights went out! But Fabio struggled and got beat up early on, by the mid stage of the race he re-took the lead, but late on in the race his leathers opened up causing his chest protector to fall out and had to finish the race with open leathers. He ended up crossing the line in third place, but with two 3 second penalties he finishes the race in sixth. Maverick Vinales qualified in sixth place, which is poor for Maverick. Vinales also finished the race in fifth place, it was a rather uneventful race for Maverick, but he did not slip back to low positions like usual.
The Petronas Yamaha Team had a poor race. Franco Morbidelli qualified in fifth place and looked good for the race. However, he had a poor race for some reason and ended up finishing the race down in ninth place, at least he scored points today. On the other side of the garage it looked like Valentino Rossi might have found some of his old motivation at Catalunya as he qualified in eleventh and had seemingly good race pace. However, Rossi had a poor race and dropped back to seventeenth place after the race start, he also ended up crashing out of the race while in twelfth place and gaining on Alex Marquez.
Well Suzuki were down to one rider this weekend after the master crasher, Alex Rins, managed to crash on Thursday after cycling round the track, but he managed to ride into the back of a truck while he was on his phone. Joan Mir on the other hand had a decent weekend, he qualified in tenth place. But Mir had a great race as he found his way through the field quickly. However, he seemed to have tyre troubles at the end as he dropped back to finish the race in fourth place.
The Aprilia Team had a reasonable weekend. The local rider, Aleix Espargaro, started the Grand Prix in seventh place. But during the race he made his way up to third place! However, I feel like his soft rear tyre burnt out as he crashed out of the race after falling down to sixth place. Has Aleix taken the Aprilia as far as his talents will let him? Other Aprilia rider, Lorenzo Savadori, qualified in twenty first and managed to finish the race in fifteenth claiming himself a point.
Is this the worst bike on the grid now? Repsol Honda rider, Pol Espargaro, qualified for the race in fifteenth. However, he crashed out of the race while running in twelfth place still. Marc Marquez qualified down in thirteenth place, his injury is still there. Marc crashed out of the race again! This is his third DNF in a row!
The LCR Honda riders had a better weekend than the Repsol riders. Takaaki Nakagami qualified in fourteenth place and showed decent race pace. However, the most he could do in the race was thirteenth place. The Spaniard, Alex Marquez, had an awful qualifying as he started down in twentieth. Alex did have a good race though however as he finished in eleventh.
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