Good Weekend, Bad Weekend

Happy days…

Jorge Lorenzo – After a shoddy qualifying, J-Lo controlled his home race from start to finish and even beat Dani Pedrosa to the first corner for the holeshot. The Catalan victory was Lorenzo’s third of the season and now trails Dani by just seven points.

 

Pol Espargaro – The 2013 season hasn’t exactly gone to plan for Junior Espargaro. With talk of him going to Tech3 Yamaha next year, he’s been off the pace but took victory with a little help from his teammate, Spanish Steve.

 

Scott Redding – Another mature ride from Scott who now knows when to push and when to hold out for points. Still has a 35-point lead in the championship.

 

Shane Byrne – Two wins from two races at Knockhill and extends his championship lead. The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider looks unstoppable and a fourth BSB title beckons.

 

Ryuichi Kiyonari  – Kiyo is back! Ish. After a torrid return to BSB and the much-hyped ‘War for Four’ looking like a one-way crushing, the Samsung Honda man took two podiums. The long break has worked a treat for Kiyo.

Tristan Palmer – Not to be confused with Triston Palmer the reggae artist, Tristan Palmer switched to the Rapido Sport team just before Knockhill and took his first win in two years in the National Superstock Championship onboard the bucking Panigale. Rumours suggest BJ will join him at Snetterton.

 

It were rubbish…

Valentino Rossi – Worshipers could say Rossi had a good result with fourth but finishing five seconds off your teammate and with no answer for the Hondas, Vale needs something fresh. And he’s still struggling with qualifying despite being fastest in FP2. Might have been fifth if Crutchlow hadn’t crashed.

 

Alvaro Bautista – Not much you can say about another bonehead move of almighty Gareth proportions – crashed on the first lap, nearly taking out Rossi, again. Will he have a job next year?

 

Ducati – With Spies still injured, and Pirro and Hayden crashing out at the same corner in Spain, it was up to Andrea Dovizioso to salvage the weekend for Ducati. Instead, Dovi got overtaken by a beaten-up Bradley Smith to finish last of the prototypes.

 

Glen Richards – The reigning British Supersport champ had a warm-up lap nightmare, crashing on cold tyres during Saturday’s sprint race at Knockhill and chipping a bone in his arm. The Smiths Triumph rider is now 100 points off the lead.

Sam Lowes – The World Supersport championship leader went to Scotland to cheer on his twin brother, Alex. While there, Sam paid a visit to the BSB medical centre and was told he’d broken his scaphoid after a previous crash!

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