MotoGP: Spanish Grand Prix Rider Ratings
I will be rating how I think the MotoGP riders did during the Spanish Grand Prix.
Jack Miller - Qualified 3rd/Finished 1st - 10/10
The Australian who has been in MotoGP since 2015 has finally won his first dry MotoGP race and his first race since 2016! The Factory Ducati rider has been under so much pressure from the media after the first three rounds of the 2021 season, but this weekend he has proven to everyone that he does have what it takes to fight at the front in MotoGP.
Francesco Bagnaia - Started 4th/Finished 2nd - 10/10
Both the Factory Ducati boys deserve a 10/10 this weekend! The first Ducati 1-2 finish in MotoGP since Brno in 2018. Pecco started on the second row of the grid but made his way up to the podium position swiftly, but did not have what it took to hold on to Miller and Fabio in the early stages of the race. However, the Bagnaia's second place finish does mean he is leading the MotoGP World Championship!
Fabio Quartararo - Started 1st/Finished 13th - 9.5/10
This may seem odd to people who did not watch the race, but I believe it is deserved. Fabio had dominated the whole weekend at Jerez and it seemed nailed on that he would win come Sunday. But during the race, while Fabio was miles out in front, he ran into arm pump complications. Because of the injury that he sustained at no fault of his own he dropped back through the pack like a stone. However, due to how impressive he was, and how the injury was not his fault, he deserves to be high up on the list.
Franco Morbidelli - Started 2nd/Finished 3rd - 9.5/10
Franco has not had the best start to 2021 but after a decent race in Portimao the next steup for him was to get podium. Which is precisely what he did in Jerez. The Italian who is still on the 2019 Yamaha put together a beautiful weekend as he started from the middle of the front row, and finished the race on Sunday on the bottom step of the podium as he finished in 3rd place. Can Franco continue to improve on his 2019 Yamaha?
Takaaki Nakagami - Started 5th/Finished 4th - 9/10
Another rider who had a dreadful start of the season is Taka. The Honda rider crashed out of both Qatar races and finished 10th in Portimao. But this weekend Taka looked to be back to his 2020 form. The Japanese rider managed to start from the second row and claim a race finish that is equal to his best MotoGP result. He is still chasing that illusive first podium however.
Joan Mir - Started 10th/Finished 5th - 8.5/10
The reigning World Champion is continuously consistent just like how he was in 2020. The Suzuki rider had qualified in an average position as usual. But come race day Mir was as fast as ever, the Spaniard never fails to fight in the race. Can Mir keep this form up and claim podiums to challenge for the 2021 MotoGP World Championship?
Aleix Espargaro - Started 8th/Finished 6th - 8/10
The Aprilia rider is continuously finishing around 6th position this season. Which is the same position he found himself in again in Jerez. This is Aprilia's best ever result in MotoGP and it must be frustrating to not be able to improve on this. However, it is safe to say that the 2021 RS-GP with Espargaro on board is a new machine, which looks competitive!
Marc Marquez - Started 14th/Finished 9th - 7/10
Marc's return to MotoGP has seen him finish in the top 10 for his first two races. It looked like Jerez was very difficult for Marquez as he suffered two crashes in the build up to the race. But he managed to overcome his two crashes and managed to make his way into the top 10 once again.
Pol Espargaro - Started 13th/Finished 10th - 6.5/10
I have to be honest I am still impressed by Pol Espargaro. As he has been very public about how he is struggling at Honda and how he doesn't understand why HRC operate how they do. But despite this he has still managed to have a good start to his season, with his worst result being at the Doha Grand Prix. If Pol keeps finding ways to improve and can stay on the bike he could make his way into the top 5 towards the tail end of the season.
Maverick Vinales - Started 7th/Finished 7th - 6.5/10
Well at least Maverick did not drop back like a stone. However, this could be seen as a decent result for Vinales as he had a good start in his books as he did not end up in last place after 3 laps. But it is not the same level as his young teammate Fabio Quartararo. Maverick must improve the consistency of his results if he wants to challenge for the World Championship.
Johann Zarco - Started 6th/Finished 8th - 6/10
After two second places in the first two races Johann Zarco looked like he would put together a title charge. But after a crash in Portimao this put a halt to that prospect. Jerez was going to be crucial for Zarco and after an average weekend he still has hope, but he must perform at home at Le Mans.
Miguel Oliveira - Started 16th/Finished 11th - 5.5/10
The Portuguese rider has suffered all season long, this has been due to the KTM struggling with front end feeling when running the soft option tyres. Miguel had a good race in Jerez despite his poor qualifying. He has not reached his 2020 form yet, but after a day of testing at Jerez on Monday he has apparently made steps forward.
Stefan Bradl - Started 12th/Finished 12th - 5/10
The HRC wildcard rider for the Spanish Grand Prix had a decent weekend as he was always in the top 12 throughout the weekend. Which is where he managed to finish the race when it came down to it. It is always good to see Bradl back on the MotoGP grid.
Enea Bastianini - Started 15th/Did Not Finish - 4/10
Bastianini may not of finished the race but he was going well once again. Bastianini was up to 12th and was just behind Marc Marquez when he crashed out. After another strong weekend for Enea he does look like a rider that could go on to do big things in MotoGP.
Danilo Petrucci - Started 19th/Finished 14th - 3.5/10
Danilo Petrucci did alright in Jerez. There is not much to shout about with Danilo so far in 2021. But another points finish is a good result for Petrucci in 2021.
Brad Binder - Started 11th/Did Not Finish - 3/10
To see Binder crash out of the race twice, just like he did in 2020, was very unexpected! The South African seemed consistently fast all weekend. But when it came down to the race Binder just did not seem to have it. However, he looked promising throughout Friday and Saturday.
Iker Lecuona - Started 21st/Finished 15th - 3/10
Lecuona has been poor in 2021 but he has claimed a second points finish in a row, which is decent for the Tech 3 rider. It is a similar situation to his teammate that a points score is a good result.
Valentino Rossi - Started 17th/Finished 17th - 2.5/10
Jerez was supposed to be the track that would see the resurgence of 'The Doctor' but disappointingly it did not happen. Valentino stayed near the rear end of every session and never made an impact on the top 10. This is most likely the end of Rossi's time in MotoGP if he does not find anything at Le Mans or Mugello.
Luca Marini - Started 18th/Finished 16th - 2.5/10
Next up is Rossi's half brother, who beat Rossi once again. Luca Marini has had his moments so far in MotoGP, but Jerez did not produce any outstanding moments for Luca. However, he has always been a slow burner in bike racing. So expect good things from Luca near the latter stage of the season.
Tito Rabat - Started 23rd/Finished 18th - 2/10
The stand in rider at Pramac Ducati did as well as was expected. Tito really just sat near the back all weekend. But as he said before the weekend he saw this opportunity as pre-season training for his WSBK campaign.
Lorenzo Savadori - Started 22nd/Finished 19th - 1.5/10
Lorenzo still has not found out how to ride a MotoGP bike. It does not look good for Savadori when his teammate his running in 6th and Dovizioso is testing the Aprilia RS-GP again in Mugello.
Alex Marquez - Started 20th/Did Not Finish - 1/10
The LCR rider looked good in Portimao, but at Jerez he was back to his Qatar form. Which for anybody who is not aware, was very poor. This is Alex's third DNF in four races.
Alex Rins - Started 9th/Finished 20th - 0/10
Alex Rins is the most frustrating rider to watch in MotoGP. He is a three time race winner in the class and is a genuine Championship challenger on his day. But his day barely comes as he keeps finding himself on the floor. Rins will be up inside decent positions, but instead of going for points he pushes himself too far and crashes out. Luckily he managed to rejoin in Jerez but he finished dead last. If he wants to fight for a MotoGP title then he must work on his consistency.