I was wondering about opinions on the riding of Marc Marquez during the Argentina MotoGP race on Sunday, 8 April, 2018.
My personal opinion is that he was riding in a very dangerous and unnecessary, but really exciting way during this race. I think he was thrown off of his whole race strategy at the start when he stalled on the grid and did that crazy maneuver that involved riding "backwards" on the grid to get his bike re-started and back into his starting position.
After the start, he showed incredible pace in the wet/drying conditions and was, at times nearly a second faster per lap than anyone else on the track. After gaining the lead, and while nearly 2 seconds clear of the second place rider, Marquez was given a ride through penalty for his pre-start shenanigans, ostensibly for disobeying a marshal's orders to start from the pit-lane. This penalty must have angered him even more, but it sure did lead to an exciting blitz up through the pack, passing everyone in sight until he got to #46
Well, I think Marquez was still good and red-misty from the penalty and he basically just bulldozed Rossi straight off of the track into the wet grass, causing Rossi to immediately come off of his bike. Rossi now says that he feels unsafe riding on the same track as Marquez - those are pretty strong words... After a 30 second penalty, Marquez' finishing position ended up being 18th, and to add insult to injury - was still fast enough to beat Rossi by about 8 seconds, with Rossi finishing 1 spot behind, in 19th place.
This is only my 2nd season watching MotoGP, and I have to say that it's really growing on me. The racing is intense as hell, and unlike F1, about 6 or 7 different riders seem to have a legit shot at winning each race. I don't like it however, when racers get the idea, like Marquez did Sunday, that they're deserving of victory and should be able to do whatever to whomever in order to make that victory happen. I hated seeing Senna drive like a jerk, again when Schumacher thought his Scheiße didn't stink, and now I'm seeing this way of thinking in Marc, and I hope it doesn't keep happening.
I'd like to hear other people's thoughts on how Marquez acted on Sunday. Does he have a reputation for driving this way when things should be going his way, but aren't? Any other comments about the race? I really enjoyed it and I can't wait for the next one! It sucks I have to watch illegal streams - I have no way to get that weird channel that MotoGP is shown on here in the USA. Does anyone know of a better way to be able to see the races live? I'd be willing to pay maybe $5 bucks per race to be able to watch a good, smooth HD feed with English commentary....
Thanks, and sorry for the lengthy post!