Johann Zarco – "Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso are clever and often right".
This quote by Johann Zarco peaks my interest as it goes along with my last blog entry and my predictions For Johann Zarco (CHECK OUT THE 2018 MOTOGP PERDICTION ANTHOLOGY PART 3). Can we assume that the veteran MotoGP riders are also predicting many wins from Johann Zarco in his 2018 sophomore year? I do hope so – I want to see an excitement filled GP season and Zarco seems to be an important player in the game.
I like me some Danilo! He has a lot of heart, you can see it when he rides and you can definitely see it when he wins. I have been reading that this is his last year with the satellite Pramac Ducati Team, as the team is courting Moto2 rider Francesco Bagnaia. 2017 was such an impressive year for Petrucci and really a joy for the spectators. He gave us some seriously juicy bits of excitement, spontaneous fun, and some unexpected wins. I think in 2018 we will see him put up a good old fight to land a good old contract for the 2019 season. It would be pretty awesome to see him go to the factory Ducati team since he is one of the rare Ducati compatible GP riders. I wonder if Ducati snatches him up for a factory team spot if Jorge Lorenzo’s spot would be the one he takes over? Lorenzo earns a hefty salary with Ducati and last year wasn’t super successful for him. If we review Andrea Doizioso’s 2017 performance, I am sure Ducati has no complaints with his season. SO.MANY.VARIABLES!
Prediction – watch him and where he lands in 2019. He might just surprise us.
This is just a quirky side note, if you read my blog (thank you) you know I spontaneously went to Valencia, Spain to watch the MotoGP World Championship in 2017. I come from the USA where MotoGP is tiny blip on the radar. It’s even tinier in my hometown of Bend, Oregon, where the population is low and motorsports are not represented. I think I know five people who know what MotoGP even is, let alone follow the sport. So, it was a bit unreal to go to a place where the MotoGP fan base is enormous and the riders are superstars. I saw Maverick Vinales on a billboard for a fast food restaurant! First, does an athletic superstar eat fast food? Really? And second, that’s one hell of an endorsement deal. Nice work Maverick Vinales!
Anyway, back to the prediction at hand, what will we see from the Spanish Superstar in 2018? He and Valentino Rossi have both admitted to experiencing struggles in the pre-season testing but both ended testing high in the pack. Maverick Vinales is obviously less experienced than his teammate and appears to take the highs and lows of competition more personally. Valentino Rossi can take it in stride because of his decades of experience, whereas Vinales is fresh, young, and hungry for success. If Vinales can manage the mental highs and lows of the season, I think we will see his greatness. He does clearly possess greatness on a GP bike or he wouldn’t be on the Yamaha team alongside MotoGP legend, Valentino Rossi.
Prediction - I am beginning to think I struggle with the predictions. I want most of the riders to win! I adore watching them ride! Ok, here goes… Will Vinales win the World Championship in 2018? I think not. Will he win races? Most definitely yes. Can he manage the pressure and mental highs and lows? I really hope so but this is the trickiest part of any competition and basically all of life, too. This could lead into another article “MotoGP and how it mimics life’s challenges?" Wait for that one.
I urge my readers to check out my fellow MotoGP enthusiast and blogger's work at http://www.thebikersblog.com/ . The Bikers Blog is also covering 2018 predictions and statistics from testing. It’s a good read. I recommend it.
Moto people, farewell for now, catch you next time. If I don't have any more prediction entries before the big day, which I seriously doubt, we will spend time exploring race day on March 18th. I am anxiously waiting for the day to arrive. I'm sure you are, too.
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