It’s been a long fortnight for MotoGP fans across the globe but MotoGP is heading back to the Adriatic coast it is of course Misano.
Let’s be honest the Silverstone debate is just going round in circles, we could probably sit here for the rest of the season debating what should be done and who the finger should be pointed at. All most of us want is to get back to watching the best Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP riders in the world fighting it out for glory, and where better to go to than Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli?
Last year Valentino Rossi missed the race that is quiet literally on his door step after a training accident left him with a double fracture on his right leg, disappointing to thousands of Italians of course but they still turned up on Sunday in soggy conditions, the reward for this? Valentino FaceTimed the circuit, we saw the cheeky Italian eating his pasta with a couple of friends.
Despite missing the race last year The Doctor has had strong results in Misano in recent years with 2nd in 2016, 5th in a wet dramatic race in 2015 and his infamous win in 2014, it’s also played host to being the best dry result during his awful Ducati spell in 2012 where he scored an emotional second place on the first running since his great friend Marco Simoncelli past away, he was joined on the podium by Jorge Lorenzo (winner) and Alvaro Bautista (3rd) who had replaced Simoncelli for 2012 after his fatal accident.
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Last years race was in soggy conditions with Danilo Petrucci yet again showing his worth in damp conditions, although frustratingly for the likable Italian it was Marc Marquez who piped him on the final lap of the race. Johann Zarco’s Tech 3 Yamaha ran out of fuel on the last lap and the Frenchman showing his never give up attitude ran across the line with his bike looking absolutely exhausted.
There has already been drama before a wheel turned in Misano when on Thursday during the press conference, reigning world champion Marc Marquez offered rival Valentino Rossi his hand to put the past behind them, the home town favorite refused to shake Marquez’s hand and simply said “We don’t need to shake the hand. We are okay. We don’t have any problem.”
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Misano is always a stark reminder of the dangers of racing motorcycle’s, this week it was 8 years since we lost the lovable Japanese Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa during the 2010 Moto2 race, tributes have flooded in this week all over social media.
This weekends race looks to be a mouth watering prospect and we all hope that the politics that have been ruling headlines of the last few weeks can be put to rest this weekend with hopefully 3 fantastic races.
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