Well MotoGP never ceases to amaze does it? What a race in Le Mans. The rain played havoc with practice and then the race. Marquez kept us guessing, A strong performance in qualifying got him to 6th, his best since he came back but he was behind Quartararo, Viñales and Miller who occupied the front row.
Miller led from the start and then the heavy rain came causing the riders to switch machines and chaos ensued. Miller picked up a double long lap penalty for speeding in the pit lane and Marquez got to the front after a very quick change but dropped it just as I was thinking of more superlatives for him. Miller battled it out with Quartararo for a few laps but once he got out in front it was all over. He’s gone from favourite to be replaced at Ducati to a real contender for the title. He now sits on 64 points with his back to back wins behind Quartararo (80), Bagnaia who crashed out (79) and Zarco who overhauled his French compatriot on 69. Two Frenchmen on the podium for the first time ever.
World Superbikes starts this weekend and I can’t wait to see if anyone can threaten reigning champ Jonathan Rea. He has identified his main challengers as Redding, Rinaldi, Toprak and Chaz Davies. I think it’ll be a cracking season.
On the roads we had our first venture into Murcia for a long time this week. I love the road from Pinoso to Fortuna, it’s got everything, long straights, tight curves and fantastic views. There’s also a great place to stop in café Los Collares near Salado Alto. I also like a run to Santa Pola and to sit in a harbour side bar and watch the world go by.
If you’re going to biker events or hosting them please let me know and I can publicise them for you, Free. Early warning for Sunday 20th June there is a concentracÍon in La Nucia. More details to follow.
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Stay safe moteros, Jack (not Tim)