What a race! I’m certain quite a few of you are massively disappointed with the out come of that race. 6 racers were DNF that qualified!
Congrats to Fabio Quartararo for his first MotoGP win!
With the extreme heat Jerez saw this last weekend, the machines, the tire technology and the endurance and performance of the riders were all put to the test. Two giants, Marquez and Rossi, with 17 World Championships between the two of them, and neither made the finish line. Dovizioso remarked at the end of the race that it was the most difficult he’s ever had.
Marquez rode off the track early in the race dropping back to almost last place only to work his way back up to 3rd! But during a high speed direction change, he slid the rear tire causing a fairly massive high side crash at about 80mph. As he was thrown into the sand ahead of the bike, his front wheel caught his arm and he suffered a fracture right arm. He had surgery Tuesday and has not ruled out racing this weekend; incredible.
Rossi had to retire from the race due to a bike alarm. The machine slows down and does not operate at full capacity because something is wrong. I still have not read that they released what it was.
Iker Lecuona, Aleix Espargaro and Joan Mir all managed to get laps in before having incidents that left them off the track. Alex Rins was unfit to ride because of his arm injury.
Jack Miller managed 4th place despite having numbness in his hand from his handlebar position. They expect to change the posture of the bike for the next race.
The next race is this weekend! At Jerez again! Weather forecast is showing 96F for Sunday, so it will be another repeat hot race! It’s still any rider’s chance to make it for themselves this season! Who’s it gonna be?!