Zeltweg – we give grades to riders and bike after the race of the Red Bull Ring
A CRISIS WITHOUT END
Spanish Moto2 crisis continues: since the beginning of the Championship, no Spaniard climbed on the highest step of the podium. The latest victory of an Iberian pilot in this category dates back to 2017 Japan GP, then 14 races ago when Alex Marquez won on Xavi Vierge and Hafizh Syahrin.
ZERO, As The SPANISH VICTORIES IN MOTO2
ONLY BEZZECCHI SUCCEEDS Moto3
races are always hard fought, with constant overtaking from the first to the last curve, even for the top position. Marco Bezzecchi, however, Austria has passed first to the line in all 23 laps of the race, repeating a feat he had already succeeded in Argentina when he took his first victory. No other rider who won this year at Moto3 did so while remaining in command.
One, AS The Drivers Who WON WHILE STILL On TOP IN MOTO3
IT HAD ALREADY HAPPENED IN CATALUNYA
For the second time this season, in the front row were two Ducati: in second place Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo in third. It had already happened in Catalunya where Jorge was taking from pole and Andrea from the third box.
TWO, AS THE DUCATI FRONT ROW
THE RULE OF THREE
That of Zeltweg was the third win for Jorge Lorenzo with Ducati, after those obtained at Mugello and Montmelò. For Ducati, was the third consecutive victory at Zeltweg, with three different drivers: Iannone in 2016, 2017, 2018 Dovizioso in Lorenzo. The last House that was won for three consecutive years on the same circuit with three different drivers had been the Yamaha, first in Qatar in 2015 with Rossi, in 2016 with Lorenzo and in 2017 with Viñales.
THREE, AS THE WINS DUCATI IN ZELTWEG
CLEARLY THE BEST EVEN UNDER TEST
Marc Marquez says that Honda Prototype 2018 is less explosive evidence than it was the 2017. Even in qualifying, though, Marquez clearly confirms the best: that of Zeltweg was his fourth pole, after those in Texas (though then went 4 for a penalty), in Holland and Germany. Six riders have split the other seven pole: Zarco (2), Miller, Crutchlow, Rossi, Lorenzo and Dovizioso.
FOUR, AS THE POLE OF MARQUEZ
A THRILLING HEAD TO HEAD
The challenge between Dovizioso and Lorenzo inside the box Ducati is compelling and very balanced: after eleven GP, the two are separated by only one point in the standings (130 Lorenzo, Dovizioso 129). In the 11 races, the two both arrived five times apiece ahead of his teammate (in Jerez have fallen both), while on probation, the score is 6 to 5 in favor of Yang. Great challenge.
FIVE, AS OFTEN AS DOVI AND LORENZO WON HIS TEAMMATE
THE REGULARITY IS HIS STRONG POINT
Johan Zarco struggled to regain lost velocity, but it confirms very regular pilot: after falling in France, won points for six races later.
SIX CONSECUTIVE POINTS AS THE GP ZARCO
EVERYTHING ON HIS SHOULDERS
For the seventh time this season, Valentino Rossi was the best Yamaha rider at the finish line, managing somehow to put a patch in a very complicated situation. If you look only to the comparison between the two riders, Rossi arrived to the finish line before Vinales 8 times out of 11 GP.
SEVEN, AS THE TIMES WHEN RAJA WAS THE FIRST YAMAHA RIDER AT THE FINISH LINE
THIRD CONSECUTIVE PODIUM FINISH
Macleod has got taste and after winning his first career podium in Germany (3°), it is repeated in Brno (2°) and in Zeltweg (3°). Steady growth that confirms the quality of team Sky Rider-VR46.
VOTING EIGHT TO MACLEOD
A TRUE CHAMP
Pecco Bagnaia won the GP of Austria, beating the last lap Miguel Oliveira. For I sin is the fifth win of the season, but it’s certainly the most significant, because it got in the direct challenge with the rival in the title. Great I sin (deserved ten, but it was already taken).
GRADE NINE (TEN) AT PECCO BAGNAIA
RIVALRY AND SPORTSMANSHIP
Marco Bezzecchi and Jorge Martin if they sound crap out on the track, but they have a mutual respect and sportsmanship that should be taken as an example to all athletes, not just by “bikers”. The two do not lose opportunities to compliment each other, so that newly gained his first pole Bezzecchi, world champion, made the gesture of bowing to Martin while passed near, recognizing the great value of Jorge capable of conquering the second time in qualifying just 6 days after surgery on his left wrist. And Martin, after the race, did not lose a second to congratulate Bezzecchi. How nice, stuff from goosebumps.