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Rookie Attack: The Brno Race Highlights - Moto GP

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Modified 27 Aug 2013, 00:06 IST
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Marc Marquez, the youngest rookie on the circuit, solidified his championship lead, leaving the old guard scrambling for footing. Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo did manage to join him on the podium. It was brilliant MotoGP racing as usual at Brno

We all love young interlopers who leave the old guard in a tizzy. Unless of course it is Sebastian Vettel. Then, all we want to do is scream in frustration. Or pray to the Good Lord, try and bribe Him with chocolate chip cookies or look heavenwards for a spot of rain.

But then, I am not talking about F1. Instead, I am going to reflect on the splendid world of MotoGP, and the brilliant race that was Brno.

Qualifying left me with high hopes – this season has been nothing short of spectacular courtesy Marc Marquez, though my real hero has been Cal Crutchlow. So, I was looking forward to good old Honey Badger spraying some champagne on the podium. After all, he was at pole. In my dreams, giving him company would be Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez. There you go, my dream podium. But it was not to be. Instead, I was left with a race – that was spectacular, as always, but also had its own share of heartbreak.

The Honey Badger had that look of determination…and bedroom hair. But the lights went out and he found himself knocked off the top three and into 4th place, with a determined Alvaro Bautista nipping at his heels. Crutchlow and Bautista exchanged places, pushing their bikes, leaning into corners and sliding out to gain place. Crutchlow wanted that podium. It was fabulous moment, that is, when the television wasn’t too busy focusing on the front-runners. He was 2.6s off Dani Pedrosa, faster than the lot in front. Then, it happened, that moment that left all of us screaming at the screen. Crutchlow crashed. But we don’t call him Honey Badger for nothing. The marshalls pushed his bike, as did he. He rejoined the race, right at the bottom at 20. Hey, he didn’t give up. He pushed and pushed, going faster than the lot in front. He ended the race at 17th place.

Then, he goes and tweets: “Sorry everyone! Tried my best…wasn’t good enough this week. Try again next week.

So here’s a hurrah for Cal Crutchlow: a good guy who always gives his best, and the last person who should be apologizing for crashing. He has always been brilliant!

Speaking of brilliant, Marc Marquez left the old hands with a serious case of heartburn. I mean, when was the last time you saw two people looking totally bummed out for coming 2nd and 3rd. I mean I know y’all racing for championship points and stuff like that. But hey, don’t look so miserable. Go on, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. Down a little champagne, Silverstone is coming up next. It doesn’t really help that Marquez has broken a record…again. That 20-something-something doesn’t cease to amaze. He has taken his 4th win in a row (and 5th of the year). No premier class rookie has ever achieved this in the 65-year history of Grand Prix racing. Wait, there’s more. He has also become the first rider, since Vale, to win four or more successive races in the premier class. He has also equalled the most podiums scored by a rider in his rookie season, matching Vale’s record. You can take a breath now.

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Published 27 Aug 2013, 00:06 IST
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