Firstly, well done to the Cal, great ride, professional, well timed and great to watch!
Such a shame the race from start to finish was a total shambles. Starting with on the grid at the beginning of the race with Marquez looking like something out of a carry on film!
And then poor Danni Pedrosa!
And Rossi, well, I am so disappointed in Marquez such an embarassment to Motogp.
Yes, he can ride we all know that but he has no or little respect for the other riders and he is going to cause a serious accident if he isn't given lessons in how to ride on a race track!
We know he want's to win the championship but winning the championship isn't just about being at the front it's also about using your noddle in getting there and not destroying everything and everyone in your path!
It's as if from the first mistake at the beginning of the race Marquez was on a mission...
I'm really not surprised that Rossi wouldn't accept his apology after the race, he was having a steady ride and would have finished the race in 6th or 7th instead of being at the back. I can't imagine what he was muttering to himself under his lid after it happened!
And what happened to Lorenzo? Didn't see him first or last....
Getting back to Cal, what a win, great ride, Zarco gave him a run for his money and Jack Miller, unbelievable how quickly the standings can change whilst the race is unfolding...
Well, not quite sure what else to say about the race except let's hope the next one isn't so, lets say crazy!
Next up on the 22/4 Americas, can't wait to see what unfolds in this one!
So I have had my say, let's see what some of the riders are saying from around the web shall we, in no particular order except for the winner being the first to quote I add....
Cal Crutchlow - 1st - 'It was nice to win, but it was to be expected to be honest. I came into the weekend thinking I could leave here with a chance of being first or second with Marc (Marquez) and we ended up winning. I was comfortable in the battle, I felt I took no risks and stayed with riders that I probably could have dropped should I have needed to.
We have to be pleased, the team has done a fantastic job in the last two races and I think we could have fought for victory no matter which circuit it would have been this weekend.
Now we go to Austin and we'll aim for the top five and look to come out of there with strong points.
This year I said I wanted to win some races!
It's really nice to be part of that group of riders that have been able to win these 750 races for Honda. I've been supported very well by them in the last few years and this year the support is even better'.Quote - www.calcrutchlow.com
Crutchlow:- 'Qatar doesn't suit me particularly, let alone the Honda, but the Honda has obviously improved, and I've improved riding wise for sure.
It's a combination of both. I think we've been competitive, Marc's won here before, he's been on the podium here before, it was expected he was there.
But I think we did well to be in that leading group and be able to battle, and I think my team and Honda have done a great job.
I've had a fourth place here before, but that was on a Yamaha - I ma as well have been riding a scalextric bike with grip I had'. Quote Autosport
'Where are the press? This is a lack of respect for the show that we, the top three, put on the track.
The media appears to be more interested in something more improtant, but the importat event is here, with the riders who reached the podium. It's an important moment for the whole team, we gave it our all and this behaviour is disrespectful.
All those journalists who are not here now should know that they won't be welcome at my media briefings for the rest of the season'. Quote GPOne
Woah! Respect where respect is due, well done Cal for speaking out!
Dovizioso:- 'For sure I didn't enjoy riding the bike in the second practice, when you have to release the throttle in the acceleration because (of) the bike moving. It's scary and not the best thing'. Quote motorsport.com
Dovizioso:- 'Marc managed things particularly badly, because when you are on a track where you are a second faster than everyone in all conditions, it should be easy to get the maximum result.
He did everything he didn't have to do.' Quote - motorsport.com
Marquez:- ' Maybe the biggest mistake I did was with Aleix. I arrive four seconds faster and I didn't realise, but I try my 100 per cent to avoid the contact but then I say sorry. OK, then I receive penalty, I understand, one position, even two to be safe and then I start to push again.
Then the second thing was with Valentino.
There I don't think I make anything crazy. You need to understand how were the track conditions. It was dry but I take a wet patch, lock the front, release the brakes and had contact.
When I see him crash I just try to say sorry but if you check, Zarco with Dani, Petrucci with Alexix, today was quite difficult. I did my 100 per cent in a tricky day.
Today I did a few mistakes, a few were race direction, a few were mine, I recognise this and will try to improve for the future.
In my career I never go straight for one rider thinking he will crash. Always I try to avoid. Sometimes it is closer, sometimes it's more clear. Today what happened with Valentino was a mistake but a consequence of the track conditions as I lock the front but what he say is wrong'. Quote BSN www.bikesportnews.com
Petrucci:- Hunted high and low for comments from Petrucci, all's quiet with him at the moment, mmm.....
Smith:- 'It was a shame. It was an exciting start to the race and I think I made up twelve positions in the first laps. I was fully committed in the patchy conditions.
Unfortunately I had a few situations where riders hit me and I lost a lot of ground. I tried to get my head down and start to come forwards, and my lap-times were coming down but I got too greedy in the first corner and went off-line. I lost the front.
It was a frustrating way to end the race but there are a lot of positives from this weekend. I found a good feeling with the bike from FP1 and the performance was there in the race so I need to keep doing the same things and fingers crossed in Austin things will turn out well'. Quote - Bradley Smith Blog
Vinales:- 'I think today's race was very important to understand many things. I think that for sure now we can only further improve. I saw many things we can improve in rain and also in the dry, so I'm feeling quite happy and positive about that. I'm not happy about the result, I wanted to try to win.
At the end of the race I had the pace to be at the front, but anyway, I saw many things that will be useful and for sure we are going to improve a lot. Especially in the rain we have to focus in another direction. Now we're on the safe side with the tyres, we have to try and be more aggressive'. Quote Movistar Yamaha
So there we have it, comments made by some of the riders, let's just hope that Marquez tries 100% not to hit the riders in the next race!
Anyway, moving on, I want to tell you about The Motorbike Show with Henry Cole.
If you haven't seen it, it's on Wednesday's on ITV4 and you can use Catchup if you missed the first series.
Absolutely cracking show! Henry has a way of getting you really absorbed in where he is, chatting away as if you are there in front of him in such a friendly inviting way.
He absolutely has my attention!
Not only does he ride beautiful roads in the show but he also visits places of interest to do with Motorbikes and then also includes restorations of motorbikes.
And his mate Sam Lovegrove, well, the two of them together make an excellent team! A bit like Ant and Dec I suppose bouncing off one another!
Cracking show, you must watch it!
His comment that he makes in the show 'Contentment to the soul' being one of them, that's what riding bikes is all about, so very true....
It's on tonight go watch it your love it!
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I think that's about if for me this week, have a good week, hopefully we can all get out on the bikes at the weekend as I hear the weathers warming up here in the UK.
Thank goodness for that!
So for now well done to Cal Crutchlow at Motogp Argentina once again and don't forget to tune into Henry Cole and The Motorbike Show.
Until later, look after each other and please share.....
|Me and hubby with some of our Triumph Solent Club friends....|