Well, it wasn’t the most interesting race but it was certainly a historic and significant one. Let’s see who the best riders were.
5. Stefan Bradl
I really rate Bradl highly having seen his Moto2 career, as well as his first year in MotoGP. It must be tough for Bradl to see his old rival Marquez in the main Honda team but he can take some comfort from his fantastic race at Austin. Although it was a rather dull race, it was a very good race for Bradl who needs more results like this if he hopes to move up the ranks of the sport.
4. Jorge Lorenzo
People may think I’m being a bit harsh on Lorenzo having put him 2nd and 4th in Red Five when he finished 1st and 3rd in the races. However the Yamaha-Lorenzo partnership was unable to match the the Respol Hondas on the day and so we cannot put him above them. Similarly, although it was a near faultless performance he finished only slightly ahead of his good friend Cal Cruthlow but given the difference in the bikes he probably should have been a bit further up. Still, a great performance from him just not at the amazingly high standard we are used to from him.
3. Cal Cruthlow
As a Brit, I’ve always loved Cal and thought he had a lot of potential. I must say, though, his 3rd season is turning out to be his most impressive yet in my eyes. His pace was brilliant, finishing 3 seconds behind Lorenzo and only 6 seconds off the lead. He must be frustrated to be missing out on another potential podium but fear not Cal there are plenty more opportunities out there.
2. Dani Pedrosa
Ahh, I can really sympathize with Dani. He has seen this story unravel so many times. Jump into turn 1, as per usual, lead for a long period of the race but then lose out at the end. This story is more in line with the Dani we saw before last year and he’ll be more annoyed than usual at losing because it came at the hands of his young ‘upstart’ teammate. It was still a great race from Dani who didn’t make it easy for Marquez but he really needs to show Marc who’s the boss if he hopes to win his first championship.
1. Marc Marquez
There was no chance at all that anyone else would be put at number one, I mean how can you ignore the achievement of this man. He lost out early on in the race to his teammate and it would have been so easy to get frustrated and lose concentration. Instead, he kept his cool, cleanly passed his teammate and took a historic victory. What a star and what a victory.
Those who missed out…
I’d say, this week, the only other man I considered putting in the top 5 is Dovizioso who is really showing what he’s made of on that Ducati. Apart from Andrea no-one else stood out enough to challenge a place on the list, I suppose that sums up what kind of race this was.