With Argentina being one of the most dramatic race meetings for 2018, more of the same was expected for 2019. It delivered. Here are our Riders Of The Day!
Liv Ellis- Moto2.
Moto3: Gabriel Rodrigo. Very strong performance throughout the race, even from starting from row 5. Such a shame to see the mistake at the end, but a phenomenal effort nonetheless.
Moto2: Remy Gardner. I think the performance says it all! The Australian has shown his potential in these opening rounds; at the very least, he will make for an influential character in the coming title race for sure.
MotoGP: Jack Miller. Continued his great run from throughout the weekend, was able to keep his nerve while being jostled about to gain some very important points.
Ryan Lilly- MotoGP.
Moto3: Jaume Masia. To come from a difficult pre season with the injuries, then a difficult Qatar weekend, and then that massive crash with debutee Sergio Garcia, it was a massive win for Masia. He didn’t get the best of starts, dropping outside the top 10 and then made a few errors during the mid part of the race but like Joan Mir and Jorge Martin have done in previous years, he just seemed to position himself perfectly for the final lap.
Moto2: Remy Gardner. What a ride from Remy! When he took the lead he stressed the rear tyre pulling out an advantage, but in the end he still had a tyre to fight. It’s a shame Remy never played it a bit smarter with Balda instead of letting the brake off, because I think he could have won that race.
MotoGP: Miguel Oliveira. Miguel Oliveira finished P11, Ahead of Jorge Lorenzo and just two tenths of a second behind podium finisher on the KTM, Pol Espargaro. In what is his second ever MotoGP Grand Prix, I think both Miguel and team manager Herve Poncharal will be very pleased with their work so far!
Jacob Ward- Content Editor.
Moto3: Gabriel Rodrigo. Gabri was fast, seriously fast for someone who didn’t have an integral collarbone in Qatar a month ago. He tried his hardest to please the home fans, and very nearly succeeded. A great ride.
Moto2: Lorenzo Baldassarri. Balda didn’t look to have the pace all weekend, then all of a sudden he got the launch into 4th, and hung around at the rear of the leading group until it was time to drop the hammer. It was very reminiscent of Bagnaia last year, which bodes well for the Pons man.
MotoGP: Franco Morbidelli. Ok, so he may not have finished, and he may have taken the factory Yamaha of Vinales down to the tarmac with him, but my god did Franco look like he belonged up the top end of the MotoGP class, which we all knew anyway but he never had the tools until this year.
Matic Kovacic- WSBK.
Moto3: Darryn Binder. It’s fair to say that this result from Binder was a complete surprise. Never for even a second did I expect Darryn to produce a proper charge from P20 at the start of the race to finish in second position in the end, while seriously having a say in battle for race win. I just really hope that the Argentina race result will give him that much needed boost and will show many more similar results.
Moto2: Remy Gardner. Probably the easiest pick out of all three races. It just had to be Remy, who was on it from FP1 onwards. Even thought his riding style is far from easy on tyres, it was just amazing that tyres didn’t really gave up after getting some serious torture. Too bad for the small show of impatience in the end that led to the wrong decision and small mistake that cost him a proper fight for his debut victory, but a debut podium is good enough. First win is not far off, that I am 100% sure.
MotoGP: Alex Rins/Jack Miller. I am sorry, but in MotoGP it was simply impossible to pick just one rider. I picked Alex first, because his recovery from a miserable Saturday was simply stunning. I would say that I was expecting it, but that would be a lie, I think barely anyone was really expecting Rins to recover so much and produce a proper charge to the front. And I also picked Jack because it’s fair to mention his result as well, considering the situation Pramac are facing with their main sponsor and in light of events in New Zealand (Jack is as much New Zealander as he is Australian due to his parents coming from New Zealand). If we include the fact that he was on the pace from first session, it was a bit of a shame that he didn’t get on the podium, something I believe he deserved. A few more results like that in first half of the season with Petrucci behind him and it will be really hard for Ducati to look past him for the promotion to factory team.
Nat Jarvis- Business Development Manager.
Moto3 – Gabriel Rodrigo. He did everything right, he just got duffed up in the last corner, and considering his previous home grands prix he’s had it’s a major improvement. Also Jaume Masia, he really wanted it and it showed a pretty much perfect weekend for the young Spaniard, he definitely threw down a championship level performance.
Moto2 – Lorenzo Baldassarri. He watched he waited, and he made the win look so effortless, I was actually confused with 7 laps to go he was all of a sudden he was in P2, and then attacked accordingly and won by a big margin considering the race, also shout out to Remy Gardner who’s slowly starting to look like a championship contender.
MotoGP – Marc Marquez. A master class, I was in complete awe of Marc, he showed why he is currently the man to beat in MotoGP, he was doing 1.39’s completely effortlessly. and he didn’t look ragged, he literally looked as if he was out on a run with a few friends, I think everyone needs to appreciate the fact we are watching a legend forming in front of our eyes which is a rarity and doesn’t come around all that often.
The circus now moves onto the Lone Star State of Texas for the Grand Prix of the Americas at COTA in two weeks time, will Marquez continue his unbeaten run in the USA? Find out here on Now Moto.
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