MotoGP is back on our screens this weekend with the 14th round of 18 and things are... hotting up? Winding down? In any case, this time they're racing (not for the last time this season) at the Misano circuit in the pleasant Italian seaside city of Rimini. Last race saw Pecco Bagnaia in a tight duel with Marc Marquez, whose injured arm was again feeling the benefits of an anti-clockwise layout in Aragon. In the last few laps Marquez didn't so much run out of ideas as try the same idea over and over, but the Ducati rider was a picture of patient resistance and a debut victory in the MotoGP class was his. Equally excitingly, or perhaps not, Espargaro followed up Aprilia's first podium at Silverstone with a fourth place, Bastianini got sixth with an ancient Esponsorama Ducati, and points leader Fabio Quarataro faded to a disappointing 8th. Championship implications? It closed up slightly. More needed.
This week? Business time is closing fast. In all three categories the championship leader has a 40-50 point lead over the massed opposition: Quartararo in MotoGP, Remy Gardner in Moto2 and the prodigy Pedro Acosta (who fell off last week) in Moto3. Only 5 rounds left, including this one, so it's time to close this one out / throw it all away, as applicable. If you want my opinion, Moto2 is the most compelling points race simply because the championship leader has a consistent winner for a rival, namely his teammate in the KTM/Ajo stable, Raul Fernandez.
Races are on at the normal time, which is to say Moto3 at 10am BST / 11am CEST, Moto2 11.20am/12.20pm, and MotoGP 1pm/2pm. Two MotoE races this weekend two, one at 3.20pm/4.20pm on Saturday, then one on Sunday at 2.30pm/3.30pm.
But! Practice gets going tomorrow morning. Exciting!