At the start of the race weekend in Le Mans, there was much discussion, because the past race of Jerez still had an effect. The MotoGP riders were dissatisfied. Again.
hrough the victory of Alex Rins, Honda makes its comeback in the MotoGP season 2023. They had almost disappeared into oblivion. Anyone who believed that the first Honda victory in 2023 would be claimed by Mark Marquez or Joan Mir would be disappointed today.
Head and neck trauma, severe back contusions, broken metacarpal bone, shoulder blade fracture, tendon injuries to the outer hip joint, four broken vertebrae in the back, broken lower jaw, severe lung contusion - these are the injuries after two MotoGP races. The season has just started and already there are five retirements. In today's MotoGP race at Termas de Rio Honda, only 17 MotoGP riders were on the grid.
The season opening was supposed to herald a new MotoGP era and yet we saw a familiar problem. A problem that has been running through the MotoGP seasons for years. The understandable need for safety of the MotoGP riders is not sufficiently addressed. Above all, the gravel beds were the central issue.
Portimao - Portugal. Red light. Roaring engines. Highly concentrated MotoGP riders. Tense MotoGP fans in the stands. All eyes are on the riders on the grid. The eyes of the riders are eagerly looking at the traffic lights. The light goes out. The engines roar to life. The 2023 MotoGP season starts.
Valencia finale: Ducati and Pecco Bagnaia had to make it work this season. Last season they had one hand on the title, but in the end they lost out. Pecco Bagnaia narrowly failed last year to make the Italian dream come true.
Victor Steeman, Dean Berta Vinales, Jason Dupasquier, Luis Salom, Andrea Antonelli, Marco Simoncelli, Shoya Tomizawa - These are the names of the riders who in the last eleven years in the World Championship (MotoGP & WSBK) have lost their lives in an accident in the sport they loved the most.
The riders of the Moto3 were still lucky. Their race at the Thailand GP in Buriram took place in dry conditions. Not so for the Moto2. Just in time for the start of the race, the first drops announced themselves
Joy and sorrow often lie close together. Sometimes even side by side in the same box. After three years, it was finally back to Japan.
When half the rider field is out in Moto2, it's slippery. The conditions in MotoGP were ideal from the outside. Sun, no clouds and dry. But