He Japan Grand Prix He left bad news for Spanish motorcycling. And is that the fall of Aron Canet seven laps to the end of the race, it takes away the possibility of repeating what was achieved in 2010 (Jorge Lorenzo in MotoGP, Toni Elías in Moto2 and Marc Márquez in 125cc), 2013 (Márquez MotoGP, Pol Espargaró Moto2 and Maverick Viñales Moto3) and 2014 (again Márquez in the queen class, his brother Alex in Moto3 and Tito Rabat in Moto2), the full title in all categories.
Precisely, it was the small class that faced the worst triplet Japan-Australia-Malaysia, with Canet 22 points behind the leader Lorenzo Dalla Porta, although it was also the most unpredictable displacement, with ten different winners in the fifteen tests held until landing In Motegi, strong hopes could be found that with the 100 points that were still to be distributed the balance could end up leaning on the Spanish side. Although this Sunday was the worst case scenario: Canet failed, suffocated by the lack of power of his KTM, while Dalla Porta grew, in his case pushed by the power of his Honda. The result makes Moto3 arrive in Australia with the leader with a comfortable mattress of 47 points, now with only 75 at stake. «I have gone all the way quite well, what happens is that I could not overtake anyone straight, and in the end you are trying to stop late, late, late, late, until in the end you make a mistake. You go too aggressively, stopping to try to be in the group, ”a frustrated Canet summed up, showing in his tone a certain decay even if he didn't want to lose hope. "Yes, Dalla Porta has it pretty easy, but I'm not going to give up yet and I'm going to fight until the end," a complicated thought to specify although, again, she must hold on to what sometimes the stressful Moto3 holds. Without going any further, in 2018, in the Phillip Island Circuit, the scene of the next race, there was a madness in which the first 14 pilots crossed the finish line separated by less than a second, with a heart attack end. In these unpredictable circumstances, the Spaniard was sixth to 154 thousandths of the winner, Albert Arenas, while the Italian ended up on the ground.
Where things get clear is in Moto2. Alex Márquez lived a gray Sunday, but he saved the furniture quite well in regards to the general for two reasons: one, because the other five with mathematical options of winning the World Cup alternate ahead, without anyone repeating and showing the regularity that the one who wants to shake the leader would need; and, two, because the one with the highest balance in Japan, the now second of the general and second in Motegi, is precisely the softest of those rivals. And it is that Thomas Luthi, who has more experience of this group of rivals, also the least decisive in the decisive moments of the races. In any case, another aspect that allows us to be optimistic that this title is also for a Spanish driver, is that in the squad of applicants there are two other tricks, Augusto Fernández, third of the general, and Jorge Navarro, fourth (the other two they are Brad Binder and Luca Marini).
«The positive is that none of the front is always in front of us but they are changing. We have lost four points here, but that after a complicated race, ”Márquez analyzed after being sixth this Sunday. That of Cervera could even be champion in Australia, although the large number of pilots who still have mathematical options to be champions makes it difficult to give the ideal combination for this to happen. In any case, with 36 margin points in the absence of three major prizes (75 points at stake), you can visualize the following appointment with a strategic vision to try to close the championship in Malaysia and not take it to Valencia, something that the leaders They usually hate. «We have taken oil. We have lost four points compared to the second, but the most positive thing is that we have not lost many points, ”he confirmed with that perspective at the end of the race. A way of thinking that, with the situation of the category, can help you face a year-end that, in any case, will be very interesting. In 2018 Márquez finished seventh, with three of his current rivals ahead: Binder won, Fernández was fourth and Marini fifth, with Luthi suffering in MotoGP (although the Swiss knows what it is to win at Phillip Island); a sign of the care you must take so as not to spoil the dream of becoming a world champion again.
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