So now the dust has settled on what was an eventful Argentina MotoGP at Termas De Rio Hondo, the reporters of Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP class pick their rider of the day for each class.
Of course, everyone will have their own view of the race. We have almost forgotten that Cal Crutchlow took a fantastic win to now lead the championship, as Twitter has absolutely exploded with anger and vitriol directed at Marc Marquez, particularly for his move on Valentino Rossi.
But that isn’t why we’re here. We are here to choose our riders who we were impressed by the most in each class, with a short reason why.
Josie Smith- Moto3 correspondent.
Moto3- Marco Bezzecchi. He completely dominated from the beginning. He took full advantage of Tony Arbolino’s poor start, kept his head down and out of trouble. He had a 7.2 second gap to Aron Canet by the end. And incredible ride.
Moto2- Miguel Olivera. He made up four places from his starting position and didn’t really get into any trouble. He just chipped away at everyone and took advantage of any mistake that would come.
MotoGP- Alex Rins. He kept his cool and just went for the win. His mistake while leading was pretty heartbreaking, but when he got back up into a podium place he stayed there. He is such a good rider who is very underrated.
Jacob Ward- Moto2 correspondent.
Moto3- Marco Bezzecchi. It is Bezzecchi for me too. To get a front row start seemed to be a dream for the VR46 Riders Academy rider, but to then convert that into his first ever win, by over seven seconds no less, is not to be sniffed at. He rode a controlled race, never pushing the limits too much but controlling the gap well. A fantastic ride, and a fantastic win.
Moto2- Remy Gardner. It was a toss up here. I could have gone for Pasini, Vierge or Gardner, but i chose Gardner for the simple fact that he took a wonderful sixth place on the unfancied Mistral chassis for Tech 3, holding off Moto3 World Champion Joan Mir for the entire race. He backed up his fantastic qualifying position with his best ever finish in Moto2 to date. Podiums will not be far away for him.
MotoGP- Hafizh Syahrin. This was my biggest call. Alex Rins rightfully deserves a lot of plaudits, as does Cal Crutchlow for his win, but I’m going to give it to Syahrin. He rode a fantastic race, not only was he top rookie from the go, he rode with maturity and measure to dice with the two factory Movistar Yamaha bikes. A very underrated ride from a guy who is one test short, having missed the Sepang test in pre-season. Herve Poncheral has been vindicated bringing in the Malaysian to replace the ill Jonas Folger.
Nat Jarvis- MotoGP correspondent.
Moto3- Marco Bezzecchi. He used his head in a mature ride. He got the gap at the front then controlled the race from there. A great way to win your first race.
Moto2- Xavi Vierge. The Dynavolt Intact Kalex rider just continually posted fastest lap after fastest lap, riding in unfamiliar territory as he was dicing with the lead group, and proved that he deserves to be at the front of the Moto2 pack.
MotoGP- Alex Rins. For me, Alex Rins was riding in that lead group like he had done it a thousand times before. He was riding in and alongside three of the most aggressive riders (barring Marc Marquez) in the paddock, and he held his own to get on the podium. A fantastic display on the Suzuki.
So there we have it. What do you think? Do you agree? Let us know!
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