So the dust has settled on the entertaining, yet slightly predictable (in two classes anyway) German round of the MotoGP World Championship at Sachsenring, we have chosen our riders of the day, and why we chose them!
Josie Smith: Moto3.
Moto3 – Raul Fernandez: I would be amazed if that boy isn’t in a full time seat next year because that performance was phenomenal. He qualified in 14th, amazing for a rider who’s only been raced in 6 Moto3 races, and then recovered from a 3 place grid penalty to get 9th. He is a talent, a formidable talent.
Moto2 – Brad Binder: I’d struggle to find any fault with his performance. He took full advantage of Pasini’s mistake and just flew! He deserved every bit of that victory.
MotoGP – Alvaro Bautista: Speechless. Completely speechless about that result. He outpaced BOTH new Ducatis on his old one which the likes of Yamaha and Repsol Honda have struggled to do this year. He believed he could do it and he just brought it, totally showed all the teams what he is capable of. If he’s not on the grid next year, he really will be a huge miss.
Jacob Ward: Moto2.
Moto3- Marcos Ramirez. Mark is finally starting to show the form we all know he is capable of! He has been frustratingly absent on many occasions this season ,but he obviously loves turning left as he backed up a great front row with a hard fought 4th after dropping way back. A gritty ride.
Moto2- Joan Mir. Ok, I REALLY wanted to pick Binder because of his win, but he has been at the front already and has a full season under his belt to call on. We forget that Mir is a rookie, such is his mastery of the Moto2 Kalex. He is every bit the full package, Suzuki have got a real gem on their hands when he moves up. He looked like he had just cooked his tyres and lost touch when Marini passed him mid race, but he remained calm and took the place back with buttery smoothness. If the race had been 2 laps longer we’d be taking about Joan Mir, Moto2 winner.
MotoGP- Stefan Bradl. Stefan didn’t score a point, but he was one position away from it. He was an Austrian TV commentator for FP1, come FP2 he was riding the bike that Franco Morbidelli had vacated, and was less than 2.5 seconds off the pace. You can say he is the Honda test rider, he knows the bike yadda yadda yadda, he still had an awful lot to do and he showed his class throughout the weekend. I think the paddock is worse off without Stefan in it. Also could have chosen Alvaro Bautista, 5th place is a fantastic result, they’ve really turned a corner with that bike.
Nat Jarvis: MotoGP.
Moto3- Jorge Martin. When the kid is on form he makes Moto3 boring, and I don’t mean that in a demeaning way, in fact it’s a compliment to just how well he rides when he’s on form. Puts him in the Danny Kent and Joan Mir ballpark.
Moto2- Brad Binder. How good was it to watch 3 different riders roughing it out for the win? For all the top 3 it would have been their first win, but I have to pick Binder at the end. It felt like I was watching the 2016 Moto3 race again! One to watch next year? Almost certainly!
MotoGP- Valentino Rossi. Okay, hear me out. Everyone was going to be fighting over second place so it’s as good as a win at Sachsenring when you have Marquez on the start line, but Valentino rode the best we have seen all year and yet again found the magic dust come Sunday. I would have pick Marquez but whoever comes second to him deserves as much recognition.
Matic Kovacic: World Superbikes.
Moto3- John McPhee. Not much to say apart from he was very fast all weekend. He rode a beautifully controlled race from start to finish, made no mistakes and deserved a podium in the end.
Moto2- Brad Binder. Coming from 10th on the grid to win at Sachsenring says that things are very promising for the future. It shows the new deal was the right decision and its also a good recovery considering what hes had to deal with the last 18 months.
MotoGP- Alvaro Bautista. Yesterday he again showed he has plenty of speed and should be taken seriously. After a very hard start to the season he ended the first part with his fourth top 10 on the bounce with his best result of the season. If he can finally sort qualifying, a lot more will be seen from him.
Ryan Lilly: British Superbikes.
Moto3- Raul Fernandez. Brought in to replace the injured Darryn Binder, and to finish 9th after being pushed off the track by Dalla Porta in the mid part of the race was incredible to watch.
Moto2- Brad Binder. To take his maiden win in Moto2 from 10th was very impressive. Looked comfortable, much like the old Binder from the end of 2017. He controlled the race well and took advantage of the mistakes around him on the early laps then dealt with the pressure well from Mir and Marini.
MotoGP- Alvaro Bautista. To bag a top 5 on an old Ducati, beating both Factory Ducatis on a track that the old Ducati struggled on was very impressive. He also showed that if he has the bike under him he can fight for good point scoring finishes and that he deserves a ride in 2019.
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