Nine different riders finished on the podium of the first three races. This means that no one has repeated itself and this world championship is still in search of an author.
There are those who, in this, see an extraordinary sign of the toughness of the championship which, on any given Sundaysees all the riders incredibly close to each other, divided by a few tenths or cents.
It will be, but for us it is simply the sign of motion now really all very close to each other, with performances covered by a thousand technical devices thanks to which most of the MotoGP riders – who arrive, it must be said, from a good selection – are able to make the most of them.
The single-tire-concessions motorcycle-electronics system works. And it works so well that Aprilia has finally managed to take its first victory in the premier class. An excellent result which on the other hand confirms that if you put a ‘pacer’ in front of the group of front runners, even a modest marathon runner can keep up with the best. Let’s be clear: it’s not Aprilia’s fault, the current rules are a kind of equalization.
But that’s okay … or not? Because we have already seen that every pindaric flight – let’s look at the case of the shapeshifters front of the Ducati – pcan be shot down by anti-aircraft fire from other houses. Now not even the rule of unanimity in the votes that the MSMA had given itself to avoid that any technical flight forward could be blocked by a majoritycounts more: Dorna’s ‘super vote’ in the GP Commission has cleared it.
At this point the only difference on the starting grid is the layout of the engines: four-cylinder in-line or V. A little bit.
But, they say, so the show earns it. It doesn’t seem to us. And today we are faced with a world ranking whose leader is, deservedly, Aleix Espargarò, with just 45 points. A rider who is always fast in practice but who hasn’t collected much in his career: this was his first MotoGP victory.
Behind him Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini.
And the world champions where are they? Well, Marc Marquez at home, as we know, although we won’t be surprised to see him again in Austin next Sunday. On the contrary his social post got everyone in awe. Then there is the outgoing world champion Fabio Quartararo fifth (to -10 points) behind Alex Rins e Joan Mir sixth (at -12).
Marc, they said, is 15th at -34 points from the top after missing two out of three races.
And then there are the missing in action: Jack Miller (11th), Morbidelli (12th), Vinales (13th), Bagnaia (14th). All drivers who have won Grand Prix, not extras.
So explain to me: do you cheer for the best or for the outsiders? Do you want the stars to fight against each other or you are content to always see different winners of which the public, but often also the fans, know little or nothing?
Today we praise Aprilia, which has never won in the top class, two weeks ago we said how cool are the KTM guys who never looked up during the winter and at the first of the championship we tore our hair for Ducati of the year before that in the hands of Enea Bastianini in Losail he made a beautiful race.
In the meantime, everyone shows up in flashes: Darryn Binder on his Moto3 debut, Luca Marini, Marco Bezzecchi. The only certainties at the bottom of the group are Andrea Dovizioso, Raul Fernandez and Remy Gardner but we do not believe it: you will see that glory will also come for them. They just have to know how to wait. In today’s MotoGP the situation counts: in Rio Hondo we had the cargo plane that didn’t arrive, in Mandalika the wooden rubber, as Capirossi said. You just need to know how to wait.
Are we sure this is the MotoGP we want? A MotoGP that makes the commentators jump like excited sixteen when a bike gets a little wet? Because these MotoGPs don’t have to ‘move your ass’, as Marco Lucchinelli loved to say, not at all! They have to go straight like a spindle.
By now, but fortunately here it must be said, not even falls create pathos. The tires drop at incredible angles when the rider is already on the ground. Only Marc Marquez, goodness of him, manages to amaze and frighten us with barrels from the 80s. Could it be because he tries to do what no one else tries to do? Dunno, a question mark remains.
But do you remember that 2020 Spanish Grand Prix, when Marquez was doing another sport at Jerez before the disastrous (and unfortunate) crash that has kept him off the slopes for two seasons, practically?
By now, but let’s hope we’re wrong, that Magic Marc no longer exists but if we were simply in an era of transition. Looking forward to the next phenomenon?
AAA Serial winner wanted. Desperately.
PS. Don’t pretend you don’t understand: the MotoGP with the noose around the neck is of no use to anyone. It’s too crazy. Apparently it is more difficult to tune it than to drive it. It is made to enjoy all homes, once and for one.