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OM Opinions: Our riders of the day in Jerez.

On our first return to Europe, Jerez served up some brilliant racing in all three classes, and gave us some first time winners, first time polesitters and big drama.

Our three reporters for each class sat down and picked their riders of the day, one for each class.

Josie Smith- Moto3 Reporter:

Moto3: Alonso Lopez. He was consistent and put up an amazing fight for third place, its just a horrible shame that he exceeded track limits too many times, plus he is the youngest rider in the field and put in a performance like that! If he can deliver the same performances consistently he will be champion in the next couple of years. And a special mention to Bezzecchi! How he managed to keep Bastianini upright after his near highside AND avoid the Canet crash is beyond me. He deserves to be leading the championship.

Moto2: Lorenzo Baldassarri. It can’t be anyone other than Balda. He made a stupid mistake at the start but he recovered and there was no way anyone was taking that win away from him. He rode like a man possessed.

MotoGP: Andrea Iannone. He’s proving a point, and proving it very well. Two podiums back to back, and avoided all the drama instead of adding to it (for once). He’s refining his aggressive style and it’s working for him. I just hope I don’t have to eat my words in Le Mans now.

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Jacob Ward- Moto2 Reporter.

Moto3: Marco Bezzecchi. To be leading the championship after we’ve returned to Europe is quite an achievement, he has stayed calm and collected all season so far. To pick up the pieces of the Canet crash, and still have the maturity to know Oettl was too far ahead and settled for second, shows how far he has come.

Moto2: Lorenzo Baldassarri. There was no way I could not choose ‘Iron’ Balda. To grab pole position, and break the circuit record is one thing, but to then back it up in the race, and set such a hot pace that the supposed wonderkid Marquez threw it down the road is masterful. The switch from the Forward team to the Pons team seems to have give his a new lease of life, and he is certainly in championship contention.. An absolutely wonderful ride.

MotoGP: Johann Zarco. Ok, hear me out on this. He was once again top Yamaha, once again top privateer, and once again put it on the podium after a front row start. Why are we not talking about a private team getting second place? He had fortune with the incident to get second, but he was definitely the best of the rest. I can smell a Le Mans win coming, how good would that be for him and Tech 3?

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Nat Jarvis- MotoGP Reporter.

Moto3- Alonso Lopez. He is sixteen years old, and yes he made a mistake into turn 9, but he didn’t get flustered, he used his head and got himself back into the podium fight. Yes he was demoted at the end from third, but it is just something he can learn from. I think he is going to be another Joan Mir.

Moto2: Lorenzo Baldassarri. All weekend he was meticulous, in FP3 he was sitting on the lap record like it was no big deal, and then broke it again in qualifying. In the race he controlled the pace and made it look easy.

MotoGP: Marc Marquez. Because, again in typical Marquez style, he was spectacular when he tipped into turn 12 and hit the gravel left by Luthi’s bike. He lost the rear and somehow stayed on the bike? It was incredible, anyone else and they would have ended up in the Andalucian town centre, I do not know how he does it, even after watching him for the last ten years. Also a special shout out to Jack Miller, finishing in sixth, just once second behind Petrucci on a year old bike backed up his Argentina performance and also to Franco Morbidelli, getting his first top ten.

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The circus now moves to Le Mans, can Johann Zarco take a dream home win? Find out here on Overtake Motorsport!

You can read our race report for Moto3 here, Moto2 here, and MotoGP here.

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