MARVEL & MADNESS
DOR NAMOTOGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Where to begin after round 2, Argentina? Super Cal Crutchlow. That’s where. In years to come I hope we will look back on this weekend and remember not the #TermasClash (ugh... more on that later), but what was a masterful and possibly career-defining race from the greatest Coventrian rider since Lady Godiva.
Crutchlow left the Termas de Rio Hondo Circuit as the first Brit to lead the MotoGP World Championship since Barry Sheene triumphed in Venezuela in 1979. Crutchlow is hugely respected by his peers, being frighteningly quick on his day, a straight talker with no interest in the GP circus razzmatazz and a really tough but very precise racer; the recipe for his success in Argentina.
In really tricky conditions on a sporadically drying track, Crutchlow tucked himself in at the back of the lead group, behind Miller, Zarco and Rins, watching, assessing the evolving track conditions and conserving his front. From the moment he took the lead for the second time on lap 22 he was not letting go of the victory. Zarco and the increasingly impressive Alex Rins, taking a maiden rostrum finish, closed out the podium with pole man Miller taking a well earned 4th. Many are predicting a big 2018 for Crutchlow, and only a fool would say otherwise. This is the Brit at his best.
Cal showed the world he means business.
‘Check out my frisbee!’