Holy haters gonna hate! There is some serious chatter going on after Argentina, am I right? Every person in the MotoGP orbit has a strong opinion about this race and they all seem to be sharing their opinions freely and often. I, for one, am a little exhausted by it all. I almost couldn’t face writing this entry but I must persevere…
Here are the topics at hand:
What a clever rider Mr. Miller was this race weekend snagging his first ever pole position. He demonstrated some gutsy, gritty, skilled riding in qualifying while the other riders fiddled with tires. He had some wobbling fast times and his tenacity and grit paid off in the end landing him the coveted pole position. At the start of the MotoGP race day, the world was abuzz and he was the topic of choice. Then we all watched in horror as the starting grid shuffled and scrambled again with their tires while Jack, the clever boy he is, was ready to go and waiting patiently. The GP debate wondered if the race directors made the right choice delaying the race start and if Jack would have won if they didn’t delay, since he was the only one who chose slicks. We will never know but I am sure this was a frustrating race for Jack Miller. He did ride well and had an impressive finish, all things considered. It was fun to see a different face on the pole position spot, especially since everyone else was so far behind.
The debate machine was alive with regard to Johann Zarco, as well. Was he too aggressive causing Pedrosa to have a horrific high side crash? He did finish this race in second place, good for him, but would he have finished in second if the Pedrosa crash wouldn’t have happened? Again, we will never know. Zarco is aggressive, no doubt, but this is part of the game. You have to be aggressive to ride a motorcycle at 300km per hour.
That was an ugly high side for this guy which resulted in a wrist surgery a few days later. I am super sad that he will be recovering and not racing in Austin. Especially because I will be at the Austin race and I wish I would be seeing him race. He did well in Austin last year. It won’t be the same without Dani Pedrosa.
Yes, he rode like shit. Yes, he was too aggressive. Yes, he came away looking like a madman and potentially a bit of an asshole. I, personally, do not think he was being malicious or intentionally causing crashes. I think he was thoughtless and hyper-focused on regaining his spot at the front of the pack. That is literally all I want to say about that. I am so incredibly sick of the Marquez topic I could scream. Let’s just see how Austin goes, shall we?
I think his post-race antics and interview made me lose some respect for him (certainly not all respect, I still have plenty). In my opinion, he could have handled this whole debacle in a more professional way and I expect more from the veteran racer. And again, that is all I want to say about that. Enough of this topic already.
Boom! A podium for Rins and Suzuki. It has to feel good to be Rins right now. Too bad his big moment was overshadowed by the race theatrics. After all the time this rider has spent on the tracks, he deserves a little limelight. He did an exceptional job in Argentina.
Who? Was he in this race?
WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER! Impressive riding and impressive standing in the Championship for Cal. My hat is off to this awesome rider. Keep it up, Cal Crutchlow. Argentina was a nearly flawless race for him. Again, slightly overshadowed by the circus surrounding this race but Life of Moto sends a big shout out to him and his impressive win.
Hopefully in Austin we will see some good, clean racing fun. I, for one, would like that. How do you all feel? Do you like a more dramatic race like the one in Argentina? Or do you prefer something slightly less over the top?