Moto2

Remy Gardner gets his first ever podium

Aussie Moto2 motorcycle racer, Remy Gardner (son of 1987 500cc world champ Wayne Gardner), won his first ever podium in Argentina today taking 2nd place. It is always interesting to see the prodigy follow in his father’s footsteps. This sport takes no prisoners and Remy showed all the mongrel of his old man today. He was really in with a chance to win. Rode a near faultless race.

With this confidence boost he may well see himself as a challenger for the title. A long shot? Today’s performance showed he’s up for it. Second in the championship.

Two diplomats and the bloke who said what everyone else was thinking

Yesterday CM wrote about the terrible sportsmanship of Romano Fenati who tried to cause a competitor to crash by grabbing his front brake during a race. Race winner Andrea Dovisioso and reigning world champ Marc Marquez gave diplomatic answers as to what punishment fits the crime but 3rd place getter Brit Cal Crutchlow told the refreshing truth – that Fenati’s team should have immediately fired him. Race Direction handed out a pithy 2 race ban. Fenati’s team agreed with Crutchlow.

Fenati’s team said,

Here we are. Now we can communicate that the Marinelli Snipers Team shall terminate the contract with the rider Romano Fenati, from now on, for his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all. With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologised for in any way. The rider, from this moment, will not participate in any more races with the Marinelli Snipers team. The team, Marinelli Cucine, Rivacold and all the other sponsors and the people that always supported him, apologised to all the World Championship fans.

Foolish Fenati

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Moto2 racer Romano Fenati (13) completely  lost the plot when he reached for the front brake of another rider Stefano Manzi (62) during the race in Misano. While neither were fighting for points, Fenati had a brain snap. While Manzi didn’t crash from the incident Fenati was rightly black flagged. There was an incident in an Italian race at Mugello where the attacked rider was pitched over the handlebars.

Fenati was sacked last year from the Sky VR46 Moto3 team in 2016 for “unexplained” behavior. Something tells me he may get booted for that stupidity.

Luis Salom

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Another young (24yo) motorcycling talent succumbs to the sport he loved. Luis Salom was a proper fighter in Moto 3 and Moto 2. 9 wins in Moto 3.

Reminds me of 2011 in Malaysia when another potential world champ succumbed to a freak accident – Marco Simoncelli. He was also a great character in the sport as this video shows

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