NowMoto’s Riders Of The Day: Misano.

So the San Marino GP was boring in all three classes wasn’t it? Race changing crashes in two classes and a career changing decision from Romano Fenati overshadowed Moto2. But here are our Riders Of The Day!

Josie Smith: Moto3.

Moto3 – Lorenzo Dalla Porta: He was up there, fighting for that top step from the lights going out. He wasn’t faultless but he made good use of the mistakes of others and he fought tooth and nail with Martin until the very last second. I wasn’t expecting him to be on that top step, if I’m honest. I was expecting a silly mistake to push him back but I’m more than happy to be wrong.

Moto2 – Marcel Schrotter: He was cool, he was calculating and he got the job done! He just chipped away at Pasini until he knew he could make it stick and made his move. He was slightly over opportunistic with his move on Oliviera but you never know unless you try.

MotoGP – Andrea Dovizioso: I’m thrilled to see him back on the top step and at his home race. He capitalised on Lorenzo’s mistake and he used Lorenzo’s tactics to the man himself. He was quicker, stronger than Marc there and there was no way he was going to be caught.

LDP misano

Jacob Ward: Moto2.

Moto3- Lorenzo Dalla Porta. He rode a near-flawless ride to take his first ever win at world championship level, and you can’t say he didn’t deserve it!

Moto2- Pecco Bagnaia. Pecco rode a perfect race. I could have copy and pasted that quote from many races this season, he deserves to be leading the championship as he is the class of the field.

MotoGP- Andrea Dovizioso. He broke Marquez and Lorenzo! How many riders can say that this season? A flawless performance at home to show he isn’t finished this season yet.

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Nat Jarvis- MotoGP Lead.

Moto3 – Lorenzo Dalla Porta. He really wanted that win and to do it at home in Italy was just an incredible experience for any rider.

Moto2- Pecco Bagnaia. Just wow, he Lorenzo’d the Moto2 field, went on lap 1 and no one saw what way he went, true champions ride.

MotoGP – Cal Crutchlow. He rode a well thought out race and was there to pick up the pieces after Jorge Lorenzo crashed, he tried to close down Lorenzo and Marc half way through but when he realised he couldn’t he just settled into his rhythm.

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Matic Kovacic- WSBK.

Moto3- Lorenzo Dalla Porta. Well, that was a bit of a surprise, I don’t think anyone expected young Lorenzo to bag his debut victory in home round, especially after having relatively quiet weekend before the race. But his strong performance in the race confirmed the words from the team that his form is truly on the rise. Hopefully he will manage to keep similar form for the remainder of the season and further prove that retaining him for 2019 was indeed a very good idea.

Moto2- Marcel Schrotter. I know that Pecco Bagnaia and Miguel Oliveira finished ahead of him and would probably deserve to be picked as riders of the day in the class, but for me the clear winner was Schrotter this time. He was simply amazing whole weekend, showing plenty of speed and fighting spirit. It was a long, long and painful wait for the first elusive podium and he finally got him.. Hopefully the first of many for the fast German.

MotoGP-Alex Rins. That one was particularly hard, as Dovi as winner deserved the accolade, but Alex got the nod simply because his race was outstanding. He had a very quiet weekend for his standards and I am not far from truth if I say that probably no one didn’t really expect him to finish the race where he did. Great ride from young Spaniard, who showed that last few races were simply a smaller dip in form.

rins rotd

You can read the Moto3 report here, Moto2 here and MotoGP here.

Featured images credit- http://www.motogp.com

 

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