Outmoded MotoGP™ commentator Slash Harris talks us thru what can had been if each and every World Champions calm competed in opposition to one one more
It was once the day that two satisfactory World Champions performed on the identical stage but sadly no longer within the identical speed.
Watching Alex Marquez’s smartly-behaved performance on Sunday riding that that so distinctively branded Repsol Honda brought support recollections of Motorland Aragon eight years within the past.
Actually, little did I prophesise that those two riders would trail on to totally dominate their respective chosen paths after seeing them compete on that September afternoon within the Spanish sunshine. It was once the closest that MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez and World Superbike Champion Jonathan Rea came to the highest to the highest of all confrontations in a World Championship showdown.
On Saturday Rea secured that characterize-breaking sixth successive World Superbike title at the closing round in Estoril. The Northern Eire Kawasaki rider is prison one short of 100 victories within the Championship. Eight years within the past, Jonathan was once drafted into the Repsol Honda team to exchange the injured World Champion Casey Stoner and partner Dani Pedrosa. It was once a large quiz but in unprejudiced two MotoGP appearances he displayed so powerful skill to mark his characterize-breaking World Superbike profession maybe no longer the form of satisfactory shock.
After finishing eighth in his first speed on the Repsol Honda at Misano received by Jorge Lorenzo he came to Aragon. In the 23-lap speed in his second, and as it grew to turn out to be out closing MotoGP™ trail, Rea done seventh one space in entrance of Valentino Rossi within the speed received by his team-mate, Pedrosa. That was once that. Casey returned to achieve the season and then retire. A sure Marc Marquez modified him, and the rest is history for every and every riders
Marquez sat at dwelling on Sunday cheering on his younger brother to second space in Aragon, his second successive podium attain. Marc calm recuperating from those accidents sustained within the opening round in Jerez, competed in a vital Moto2™ speed at Aragon on the identical afternoon sooner than Rea made that closing MotoGP™ look.
It was once a vital 21 lap speed as he closed in on the Moto2™ World Championship sooner than changing Stoner in MotoGP™ the next 12 months. Marquez picked up 20 vital gains after finishing second at the support of his satisfactory rival Pol Espargaro. Third space within the speed went to Scott Redding who mockingly done second to Rea on this 12 months’s World Superbike contest. Marquez clinched the title to add to his 125cc crown and moved on fracture the final records that MotoGP™ would possibly maybe maybe maybe throw at him. Six World titles and 56 Substantial Prix wins in a mode we bear now by no methodology witnessed sooner than.
I am obvious there is calm extra to blueprint from each and every Champions but sadly no longer in battle with each and every diversified. How would it bear grew to turn out to be out? Marquez with eight World titles and 82 Substantial Prix wins versus Rea with six World titles and 99 speed victories.
Sadly, we couldn’t ever rating out who would bear received the battle of the ‘sixers’ but we are in a position to consistently dream.
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