Friday, July 8, 2022

MOTO GP: The Forgotten Racing Series – Summer Silliness Strikes!

Can Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro Upset Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo?


Otay, by now it’s really, really  Old News! But I’ve just not been able to find a place to Slot in rotation-wise, or let some riveting No Fenders story let me Slip Back into the Drafting line, Botta Boom!


As I’ve missed the past several MotoGP races, having fallen Asleep during the latter stages of the Barcelona round that Fabio Quartararo won. Whilst I recall being far more excited and Awake over my newest Numero Uno Kneedragger “The Beast!” Enea Bastianini triumphing at Le Mans, where the entire partisan French Crowd was absolutely Gutted over Homeboy Quartararo’s Vanishing Act, Wee Wee!


Having missed the Mugello, Sachsenring and TT Assen rounds, it’s good Thar on Summer Holiday in order for me to attempt playing Ketsup!


Was absolutely Shocked when first Hearing the News that Suzuki announced it’s decision to Quit MotoGP at Season’s end, which word came out at the beginning of May, over the Jerez’s Spanish Grand Prix weekend, Me Thinks?


As this left me ponderin’ where the two Suzuki riders would go? Which initially I speculated to myself that Joan Mir could possibly replace a fading Covi’, nee Andrea Doviziosoat the Satellite WithU RNF Yamaha Squad?


But this seemed not destined to happen once RNF announced it would become the new Aprilia Satellite Squad in 2023, leaving Yamaha with just it’s Factory Team next year.


The next major News was the announcement that thee Pinball Wizard’, aka Marc Marquez would be having another surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota following the Mugello round. As Marquez’s right Arm still hasn’t recovered fully after nearly two years and multiple surgery’s later! As Marquez is out indefinitely, and you have to wonder if He’ll ever be able to recover to His former Dominating Self again?


Whilst I also missed the surprise Pole Sitter being Rookie Fabio di Giannanto at Mugello. Since it’s just been announced that di Giannanto will be partnered by Marquez’s younger brother Alex Marquez at Gresini Racing next year. Making me wonder which of the other Ducati teams Bastianini will ride for next year? As I’ll have to guess it’ll be The Doctor’s VR46 Affair, but who knows, Eh?


Whilst it’s All but announced that Alex Rins will take over Alex Marquez’s vacated seat at LCR Honda, possibly partnered by Japanese Moto2 rider Ai Ogura? Who’s currently third Overall in Moto2.


And Joan Mir now seems set to replace Pol Espargaro as Marc Marquez’s teammate at Repsol Honda next year, with Espargaro linked to returning to KTM, albeit to the Tech 3 Satellite outfit next season. Which I’ve got Zero Clue if this is the Bulk of MotoGP’s silly Season news or not?


And MotoGP is on an extended Summer Break due to the fact that the planned Debut race at the Kymi Ring circuit in Finland has been postponed a further year due to track Safety concerns, along with it’s proximity to Russia’s special Military Operation in Ukraine. With MotoGP resuming action at Silverstone on August 7th.


As the reigning MotoGP World Champion, Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo leads Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro by 21 points, nearly a race win (25 points) ahead in the Championship: 172-151. With positions three thru five being All Ducati’s. With Werks’ rider Francesco Bagnaia being sandwiched between Pramac Racing’s Johann Zarco with 114 points, and Gresini Racing’s Enea Bastianini on 105. While Bagnaia has 106 points with nine rounds remaining.