MotoGP Jerez: Riders Racing Extremely Well When Back Against The Wall – the FULL GAS blog

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FULL GAS: Our special, regular blog by Kermit Abadilla from the Philippines – taking a look back at the weekend’s race action and sharing other MotGP, Moto2, Moto3, and WSBK related stuff. A fan of the sport since 8, he is interested in fitness, sports, inspiring businesses and stories, reading, and likes daydreaming and helping. He also does social media & content writing.



Becoming a professional athlete is what a lot of people aspire to be. Who doesn’t like to get paid playing his or her favorite sport? But only a few are very fortunate enough to live this dream, even fewer are those who turn into world class athletes. Competing with the world’s elite sportsmen is no all fun and games. The expectaions are high and a lot of times the pressure to perform well defeats the will of even the best athletes. It’s a tough job, and tougher and more dangerous if the sport involves riding very powerful motorcycles at breakneck speeds at the world’s best race tracks.

In the fourth round of the MotGP 2015 season in Jerez, three riders had their backs against the wall and find themselves in dire need of a great result after three dissapointing races. Their resilience helped them achieve their best finish yet this season.

In MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo was expected to give Marc Marquez a difficult fight for the title this season after a strong end game in his 2014 campaign. Three races have passed and Lorenzo is still yet to step on the podium and is being outperformed by his 36-year old teammate Valentino Rossi. If there’s a track where Lorenzo can change his fortune quickly, it will be the Jerez Circuit – a track where Lorenzo is good at and where its infamous last corner was named after him.

Lorenzo topped all practice sessions except FP4 and beat Marc Marquez’s circuit record during qualifying. He is the only rider to get inside the one minute 37 seconds lap time. Come race day everything click into place for Lorenzo as he dominated the whole race and disseapeared in front of his rivals. Second-place man Marc Marquez, who raced with an injured finger, said that even in his best physical condition he will have a hard time beating Lorenzo and admitted that it was Lorenzo’s day. The race wasn’t exciting and won’t go down as one of the best in GP history but Lorenzo’s win added another excitement to the championship because he now looking like a real contender.



In Moto2, Tito Rabat’s title defence isn’t going exactly the way he and his team had envisioned. Like his countryman Jorge Lorenzo, Rabat is podium-less in three races and is expected to get a win in Spanish soil. Rabat had a typical start to his weekend, setting quick and consistent lap times in practice and qualifying. But it was Jonas Folger who had the upper hand on race day and took his second win of the season.

Rabat appeared to take home a second place finish but a charging Alex Rins made a brave, but too risky overtake on the last corner. Rins crashed after touching Rabat’s rear and Johann Zarco, who was behind the two, took advantage of the incident to finish second. Rabat may be two places down his target but he is lucky not to get taken out by Rins and, judging his demeanor after the race, Rabat looks happy and satisfied with third and finally achieving his first podium of the year.



Miguel Oliveira is a favorite to win the Moto3 championship. The new Red Bull KTM Ajo team recruit still has zero points to his podium tally in three races. Expected to fill in the shoes of his team’s former rider, MotoGP rookie Jack Miller, Oliveira showed he can deal with pressure by almost winning the thrilling Moto3 race last Sunday. Oliveira was ahead of Danny Kent, Fabio Quartararo, and Brad Binder going into the last turn. Both Kent and Quartararo tried to overtake Oliveira and made contact with each other. In the end, Kent managed to hold his line and win his third consecutive Moto3 race ahead of Oliveira and Binder. Quartararo was lucky not to crash and still finish fourth.

It took some time for Lorenzo, Rabat, and Oliveira to achieve the results they were hoping for. Now that they are back in the hunt for the title, the 2015 season looks to be even more exciting for the fans.



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