In America it is the race of comebacks, of incessant rhythms and of winning paws, with Bastianini and Marquez taking the stage in Austin
ENEA BASTIANINI: VOTE 9 Or first or nothing? In four races there are two victories and two dull performances, but Austin’s is a real wonder for the Gresini team rider who is truly a “Beast” on his Ducati. Perfect strategy for the Romagna rider, who waited and was able to read the moments of the race until he exploited, with seven laps to go, the greater speed of his Desmo to place the winning paw.
ALEX RINS: VOTE 8.5 From seventh place on the starting grid to the second step of the podium for the Spaniard who seems to have found the right verve on his Suzuki. Already at Termas de Rio Hondo had surprised, in Austin he confirmed himself with a super comeback seasoned with many overtakes, braking at the limit and so much speed that Suzuki almost seemed to have been forgotten. A real hammer on the track, constant breath on the neck on the pursuers who could not do anything in the presence of his desire to win. The only one to stop him, however, was Bastianini.
MARC MARQUEZ: VOTE 8.5 He didn’t win, but finishing sixth has a little flavor of success. There must be a reason if around Austin they call him “Captain America”, and not just because he is the most successful driver in COTA history. The “Cabroncito” knows the track by heart so much that he takes full advantage of every centimeter even on a day that seemed to have started in a shocking way with his Honda’s clutch problem. From last place, lap after lap, to the sixth final, in a re-entrant race that sent a clear message to the riders on the track: Marc is coming back.
MotoGP Americas: Bastianini masterpiece, victory ahead of Rins. Super comeback of Marquez
JACK MILLER: VOTE 7.5 A nuanced victory? Maybe, but the race conducted from the green light to the checkered flag cannot leave the Australian any regrets. Immediately ahead to dictate the time, for the Ducati rider it is more of a joke at the end, but yet another proof that working with his head down on this Desmosedici everything is possible.
JOAN MIR: VOTE 7 Like his boxing mate, the world champion also made the most of his Suzuki, flying and threatening everyone thanks to his speed. The final fourth place is the icing on the cake of a race conducted with no holds barred, between overtaking and counter-overtaking arrived at the right time, when the drivers in front of him had no more.
FRANCESCO BAGNAIA: VOTE 6.5 Everyone expects more from the world runner-up, but American Sunday can certainly be seen as a glass half full. Pecco is returning to gain confidence with Ducati, he is rediscovering that riding style that distinguished him at the end of last season, but still something more can be done. Compared to Miller he is still a hair in difficulty on the GP22, but the Austin race gives hope for a European continuation with more satisfactions than the weekends away from the Old Continent.
FABIO QUARTARARO: VOTE 6.5 Dull race for the reigning world champion, due to a Yamaha M1 that still suffers from the speed of the other bikes. But to put a patch where the bike does not go is the talent of the Frenchman, who grits his teeth and brings home a seventh place in which not many would have bet. After holding on to Marquez’s attack, “El Diablo” had to surrender to the Spaniard, but it is the overtaking on the two Pramacs that made him save the day that otherwise would have been tragic, despite him.
JORGE MARTIN: VOTE 6 Qualifying man for sure, but in the race there is still something to fix. The excellent second place in the Argentine GP is not replicated in the States, where Martìnator had a great start, but then lost himself at the best. When the pace became more pressing, his Ducati Pramac disappeared from the radar, pitted gradually by the rushing Rins, Mir, Bagnaia, Marquez and Quartararo. To tell the truth, it is the super performance in qualifying that gives him enough.
JOHANN ZARCO: VOTE 5.5 Bad very bad. If the start of the race had become promising, the Frenchman then sinned with pride convinced by the potential of a bike that disappointed him. Speed yes, but braking to the limit that made him lose positions after positions. A race management, seeing the result halfway through the GP, disappointing.
MAVERICK VINALES: VOTE 6 Of the two Aprilia on the track it is certainly the one that is saved. On the grid he climbs the positions and from the fourteenth up to the final tenth without giving any further ideas. Maverick continues to show clear steps forward on the RS-GP22, now it takes time to get back to the Vinales of the golden days.
ALEIX ESPARGARO: VOTE 5 Postponed after a race to be framed like the one in Argentina. A lot was expected from his Aprilia, but the race was really anonymous and closed with the eleventh position that certainly cannot leave the Noale team satisfied. Never fighting with the best, the Spaniard takes a decisive step back from the Termas de Rio Hondo appointment.