In Case You Missed It – Misano GP
Behind the scenes of the Misano GP, you may have missed some fairly significant things, in terms of a standalone race and the championships.
While all the attention was on the peak of the championship, with Ai Ogura closing up massively to Albert Arenas after the Spaniard crashed out, there were some fairly significant results further down the field. There were excellent results for both Ryusei Yamanaka and Riccardo Rossi, who came home 12th and 13th respectively to post their best finishes in the world championship to date. Darryn Binder crashed out after a rush of blood to the head, pushing too hard and dropping a wheel over the raised kerb and got spat over the bars, not the way he will want to try and impress Petronas SRT after rumours of a move got louder. Carlos Tatay finally showed glimpses of what won him the Red Bull Rookies title last year with 15th, while Niccolo Antonelli worked his way to 11th after being 26th at one point in the race. Kaito Toba and Filip Salac once again finished outside the points, you expect stronger of those two riders and Barry Baltus came home 24th after a penalty while he was in touch of the leading pack.
Marcos Ramirez staked a claim for a seat next year with a very solid 12th place, impressing many with his consistency over the weekend. Lorenzo Baldassarri continued to disappoint, although he did come home in the points, he is way off the standards you would expect of a man earmarked as a title contender before Qatar. Simone Corsi also impressed, getting the better of Forward Racing teammate Stefano Manzi for the first time this season in a race they both finished, while adorned in the special Italian police colours. Reigning Moto3 champion Lorenzo Dalla Porta got himself into 13th and finally looks like a man capable of riding the Moto2 machine, having struggled with the step-up so far. Fabio Di Giannantonio finally showed what he is capable of after having a real struggle aboard his Speed Up machine so far in 2020, grabbing 7th place and 9 points. The same cannot be said of his teammate Jorge Navarro, who crashed again making it 5 DNF’s from 7 races, his seat is in real danger right now.
First of all, Repsol Honda must be smashing their heads against the wall at present, once again finishing with both riders outside of the points after qualifying on the last row, also once again. You can almost forgive Alex Marquez this, as he is a rookie (albeit also the reigning Moto2 champion) but Stefan Bradl has been tasked with bringing the bike home and testing parts. Surely the better option is to give Bradl what he wants to race, and give him a chance of featuring nearer the sharp end? Tito Rabat crashed out, and surely any thin chance of him retaining his Avintia seat for 2021 slid into the gravel with it. Johann Zarco was dealt a real body blow in his quest for the Factory Ducati seat for 2021, coming home 15th while his contender for the seat Pecco Bagnaia took his best finish to date with 2nd. Maverick Vinales struggled to 6th, Andrea Dovizioso took the championship lead despite finishing 7th. Jack Miller faded badly after burning his tyres to 8th, the KTM bikes really struggled after strong showings the last few races, though all 4 finished inside the points. Danilo Petrucci looks like a man completely broken at the moment, and could not even drag himself into the points. The sooner the season ends, the sooner he can renew himself on the Tech3 KTM.
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