MotoGP: Bezzecchi studies for Rookie of The Year – News

If there is a driver who in this first part of the championship has best interpreted the role of category rookie, it is undoubtedly Marco Bezzecchi. The Mooney VR46 rider is also at the top of this special classification after the first three races, thanks to the ninth place conquered in Argentina with a point of advantage on Darryn Binder (7 to 6), Gardner is still at 1 point while Di Giannantonio and Fernandez are still at zero points in three races.

Bezzecchi’s ascending parable

The season of Bezzecchi however it did not start off idyllically in Losail. Last in FP1 more than 2 “from the head, in the FP2 is 20 ° about 1 “5 from the top, 18th in FP3 then starting from Q1 which ends in P15, ahead of other rookies like him. His race lasts just the space of six laps, thanks to a crash while he was in the points and could aspire to a good result at his debut.

Fall that # 72 commented: “In the race I crashed for something I had never experienced, as I had never lapped close to anyonebut I enjoyed it: I overtook some good people, and did some braking at the level. ”

Then came the turn of Indonesia, a new track for everyone in race configuration and after the resurfacing following the controversy arising from the dirt raised by the bikes in the official tests in February. Twentieth position in FP1 1 “7 from the summit (Pol Espargarò), 15th instead in FP2 8 tenths from Quartararo, even third in the FP3 held in wet-dry weather conditions. Fourteenth position on the grid for Sunday’s race. A race that will prove to be more difficult than expected due to the copious rain that flooded the Mandalika track. Bezzecchi closes penultimate in front of only Remy Gardner almost 50 seconds behind the winner Oliveira.

Then we arrive at the race in Argentina, with the weekend compressed into two days due to delays in the delivery of the boxes with the materials of the teams, especially Gresini and Mooney VR46. Bezzecchi was the real surprise, much more than Nakagami, of FP1: fifth time two tenths from the Japanese of LCR Honda! In FP2, on the other hand, he dropped to fifteenth position at 729 thousandths from Aleix Espargarò’s Aprilia. The combined classification of the times “gives” him only a Q1 for the qualification given the P15. Q1 from which he comes out in seventeenth position, two steps behind the previous races. In the race, Bez gave his best, recovering 8 positions from the start over the 25 laps of the race and finishing in ninth position in front of the former championship leader Bastianini and his boxmate Marini.

Result that brings him to the lead of the special rookie of the year ranking ahead of Darryn Binder and Remy Gardner, leaving Di Giannantonio and Fernandez still at zero.

The litmus test in Austin?

To certify their growth in these first three races of the season, an important verification immediately arrives: this weekend’s Austin race. On the COTA track, Bezzecchi has hit a podium in the four career races held so far. Will he be able to prevail over the other rookies over the weekend and take off in the special ranking dedicated to them?

Marini and Bezzecchi at the Austin challenge: “one of the most challenging track”

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