THE RACE THAT HAD IT ALL...
We have to admit... MotoGP is continuously bringing us races from heaven: seeing the worlds best riders tango across international asphalts, waltzing through, left and right before hitting the pinnacle of velocities; always working those carbon and steel brakes to the best of their ability. The sport is on an upwards slope and with impeccable talent being produced globally, can we really see it stopping anytime soon? Of course not, but with motorsport being one of the most dangerous sports out there, rules and regulations are put in place to make the safety of riders paramount, but why did the Argentina GP follow none of them?
The sacred and all precious rule book was hypothetically ripped in half just 5 minutes before race start, but little did we know the chaos was yet to come. Well, I guess you could ask yourself how to control a mass walkout of riders, teams and their machines on a quick drying track although technically not rule breaking itself. However, it certainly was a fight to the lights as riders scrambled their way through stands and technicians with trolleys full of all sorts to aboard their four-stroked saddles and get to the end of pitlane before one another. Yet taking it back to pole position, Jack Miller sat in humour with his team watching a Charlie Chaplin like episode unfold on a stretch of speed limited tarmac. Race Direction had obviously forgotten or took no notice of their rule they made in 2014 after Sachsenring saw more riders than not swarm from pitlane like wasps towards feared humans, which, in actual fact Race Direction had taken to the approach of after not knowing what to do. Then there’s that rule, the one master Marquez is the king of, leaping his adrenaline fuelled body from one machine to the next, flag to flag, after all isn’t a half wet, half dry circuit what this rule was made for? Not today. The tricks that Race Direction had up their sleeves were for the rest of the field to start in qualifying positions but 50m back! Yes, I’d never heard of that one either but what do we know. It seemed to smooth over all complaints from Jack after being sat clueless for half an hour and was probably just as shocked as we were sat from the eye of pole.
And then there was Marc Marquez, stalling and attempting to bump-start his bike in the all important spare 50 metres between the 3 rows of pole position and the rest of the pack. He committed the sin of riding the wrong way down the track full of frustrated riders after being instructed oppositely by the joke that was two members of IRTA. He went on to make the dreaded three point turn to take up his misplaced grid position.
Then came the frustrated, red mist Marquez, who charged his way from 19th to 5th to 18th. Yes it was too harsh, and yes he was dangerous, but can we really blame him for being angry? After being instructed by two IRTA officials to rejoin the grid, he was then awarded a ride-through penalty for proceeding to do so. However, let’s not forget the breath-taking second he took on the whole field per lap. Making the worlds best riders look like backmarkers or as if they’re out for a Sunday afternoon stroll getting overtook by a Lamborghini in a police chase. Determination of a kid desperately trying to ride his bicycle without stabilisers, yet, the Spaniard rode a juddering RC213V at maximum of speeds over ice like wet patches. Though his quick thinking mind was rapidly made up by glory and championship points forcing ‘ racing incidents ‘ left, right and centre.
Who could forget one of our own, Cal Crutchlow, making his third win of his MotoGP career on a rocket like satellite machine. Weaving his way through the reckless and indomitable pack, on his precious pearl of a bike- the LCR Honda. Even though predicaments, “The Doctor” down and mad-man Marc have taken over our topic of conversation until COTA, the man we should be talking about and highly commending is the man himself, Crutchlow. The man who conquered the erratic asphalt, the man who conserved his beloved Michelin’s and the man who took the chequered flag to win the race and lead the championship.
Will Crutchlow break the conspicuous 100% win record of Marquez in the almighty Austin? Has Marquez been dealt all his disciplines or will Rossi’s popular publicity stunt persuade Race Direction otherwise? After the complaints of equally cacophonous moves completed during the race by Johan on Dani or Danilo on Aleix, will the riders be refrained to create the racing we all love?