The first ever Thai GP was a fantastic event, combined with a simple yet effective track that offered up great racing. We chose our riders who impressed from Buriram!
Jacob Ward- Moto2/Editor:
Moto3- Dennis Foggia. Dennis came from a very low qualifying position to end up on the podium for the very first time, battling with far more experienced riders and beating them. Yes he got a slice of luck when Bastianini and Bezzecchi tangled but he was in a position to pick up the pieces.
Moto2- Pecco Bagnaia. I only need a few short words for this- Champion In Waiting. After Baldassarri wasn’t able to handle the pace and stacked it he never looked like being beaten.
MotoGP- Maverick Vinales. Mav finally got back on the podium, it’s been a long long time coming, and it must have felt sweet for him after Yamaha’s struggles this year. A great ride, and deserves credit for being able to keep his head.
Nat Jarvis- MotoGP/Business Dev.
Moto3: Dennis Foggia; although he is only 17 I feel like a podium has been a long time coming, he rode smart race stayed out of the endless drama, and looked like he belonged at the front of the race, Moto3 title contender for 2019? I think so.
Moto2: Luca Marini: what a reargunner Bagnaia had today, Oliviera made a mistake and he took full advantage, I’m so happy that Luca proved his mid-season form wasn’t a fluke, and I really look forward to seeing if he can mount a full title challenge next season.
MotoGP: This one was tough one to decide, but undeniably Marc Marquez, he did some dummy moves on Dovizioso 5 laps from the end, but on the last lap he pounced where he hadn’t before taking the Ducati man by surprise, he’s set himself up perfectly to take the title at Honda’s track in Motegi and a 7th is throughly deserved, we are watching a legend become one of the greatest ever.
Ryan Lilly- Moto2/GP reporter.
Moto3: Jorge Martin, riding with injury alone is tough but the way Jorge remained calm and raced his own race was good. Okay he got gifted a few positions but 4th place with a dodgy nerve in the hand was a top job.
Moto2: Luca Marini, race started tough for Luca being passed by Fabio, but soon got into his rhythm. Last 4 laps is the reason, pulling back just under 1.5s on the KTM’s when you would expect the tyres to have gone. Also another sky 1-2 and helped Pecco out in title race.
MotoGP: It’s hard to pick between Marquez, Dovi, Zarco, Cal, the list goes on.
But I will give my MotoGP Rider Of The Day to Vinales, and if I could Rossi, as thid weekend was expected to be a horrid weekend, track layout, temperatures, tyres – it all looked against Yamaha. But they found something, track or bike, both Vinales and Rossi delivered. Viñales gets it as he managed to finish on the podium, Yamaha’s first since Sachsenring in July. Now it’s time to see if Yamaha can continue this form at the triple header.
Matic Kovacic- WSBK.
Moto3: Dennis Foggia. After the young Italian showed very strong pace in first practice, everything went a bit off for majority of the remaining sessions. But a very strong race and podium finish from 25th position on the grid at the start, got him his best result of the season in an amazing Moto3 race today.
Moto2: Luca Marini. The best way to describe his race would be calm, determined and fast. A bad start from front row got him more work than he wanted, but a lot of speed helped him to recover and play perfect wingman for his championship contending team mate Francesco Bagnaia. Perfect day in the office for whole Sky VR46 team in Moto2.
MotoGP: Alvaro Bautista. With every passing race it’s more and more obvious that somewhere a huge mistake was made, as Alvaro on current form should not be leaving MotoGP class for World Superbikes in few weeks. Again he produced a simply amazing race and I think the fact that he finished 9 out of 12 races since Jerez round at the start of May in the top 10 says everything about in the form the little Spaniard is right now with his Ducati.
Moto3 – Dennis Foggia, the 2017 CEV Champion made his way through the field from P25 to take P3, an outstanding performance.
Moto2 – Luca Marini, he surprised everyone and came out of nowhere to take second place extending his teammates championship lead.
MotoGP – Maverick Vinales. No one expected him to be on the podium, that Yamaha has struggled all year and he managed to stay with Marquez and Dovizioso the whole race.
So there you have it, let’s hope Motegi is as good as Buriram!! It certainly has a lot to live up to after a brilliant weekend in Thailand!