Brno did not disappoint for 2018, serving up three fantastic races in all classes and changing the championship lead in both Moto3 and Moto2. We chose our riders of the day from this fantastic Sunday!
Josie Smith- Moto3:
Moto3 – Fabio Di Giannantonio: He fully deserved this after being robbed of his Le Mans victory. His qualifying was ruined by a shoddy strategy which pushed him back to fifth and he was carrying the weight of the team’s expectations since he was their only rider, so being able to fight his way back up to victory was brilliant going. It was hardly a walk in the park for him after contact with Ramirez and fighting till the very end with Canet. I’m over the moon for him and I really hope it’s just the start of many more victories.
Moto2 – Luca Marini: Breathtaking is an understatement for that last lap battle and Marini held his nerve, kept his cool and just delivered an awesome performance. It’s a shame that he couldn’t fend off Oliveira but that second place was fantastic nevertheless.
MotoGP – Andrea Dovizioso: I’ve missed Desmo Dovi and I’m so glad to have him back on the podium. His qualifying was out of this world and the way he held off Rossi and then an extremely feisty Lorenzo. His pace this weekend has been remarkable, it’s almost like having last year’s Dovi back again.
Jacob Ward- Moto2:
Moto3: Jakub Kornfeil. ‘Kubajz’ was outstanding all weekend, from taking pole to getting the Czech fans on their feet dreaming of seeing a home win when he attempted to bolt at the start of the race, he was brilliant with fire in his belly and fully deserved his podium.
Moto2: Luca Marini. Has he finally come of age and is now ‘Luca Marini’ not ‘Valentino Rossi’s Brother’? Two front row starts in two races, including pole here in Brno have finally propelled him into the Moto2 upper echelons as of late, and he’s finally giving his team mate Pecco something to think about, and had his number here as he took a classy second and possibly could have won with a bit more front runner experience.
MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo. Jorge is back!! And he has been missed, but anyone who doubted whether he still has fight in him only needs to look at the move he put in on Marquez going down the hill to show that he’s finally got that Ducati where he wants it. Mantequilla e Martillo!
Nat Jarvis- MotoGP:
Moto3- Fabio DiGiannantonio. He always had it covered didn’t he? He rode a clever race, didn’t over stress the bike or tyres, he was a demon on the brakes, so what a brilliant way to take his first official win and I really think he’s a massive threat to his team mate for the championship.
Moto2 – Luca Marini. Honestly where has Luca been? He’s riding has been impeccably all weekend, he’s seems to be growing in confidence and stature each session, he really made Oliviera work for the win today and I honestly thought he was going to take it, but what a talent. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
MotoGP – Andrea Dovizioso. Controlled the entire race didn’t he? He knew exactly where to be and when to be there, he followed Rossi for the first part of the race and when Lorenzo started attacking him he just simply took a different line and rode underneath him, he always had it covered. It’s been a tough year for Desmo Dovi but he came back showing us all what he could do.
Matic Kovacic- WSBK
Moto3: Jakub Kornfeil. It’s very easy why I picked Jakub. His weekend was simply outstanding, fast every session. Looked very calm and collected at his home race, where pressure must have been pretty big for him to show what he is capable of doing. Too bad that win escaped him, would have been a nice round up of a very good weekend for Czech Moto3 veteran.
Moto2: Sam Lowes. This one was a bit on the edge, for a long time I could not decide between Sam and Iron Balda, with Balda’s fade to fourth position giving the nod to Lowes. Reason for that is pretty simple in the end: You don’t see charges from p22 to p9 in Moto2 every race, in fact you see them very rarely. In what was very tough weekend for the Brit, which was even more complicated by bad showing in qualifying, there is plenty of positives to take from his charge in the race, as Sam showed very good speed and consistency. Result today confirms that. If KTM’s weakness of one lap pace can be fixed and Sam qualifies better, we could see him on the podium soon.
MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo. After a disaster on Friday, when the Ducati man finished only in 15th position, where we are not really used to see him as a result of troubles with settings, he recovered brilliantly with some radical changes first on Saturday, narrowly missing the front row and presenting a proper Spartan performance on Sunday.. Calm, collected and very fast. Was nice to see the old Jorge back after two tougher races before the summer break. He could still be a big factor in this year’s title battle.
Now we head off to Austria, who will reign supreme in Spielberg? Find out here on NowMoto!
Moto3 race report here.
Moto2 race report here.
MotoGP race report here.
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