What a feast of Motorsport we were treated to over the weekend with Premier Class races from both the Cars and Bikes.

In my own backyard we had Formula 1 from the Shanghai International Circuit, China. We witnessed some great qualifying and racing from the Circuit of the Americas with MotoGP and for good measure World Superbike action was sprinkled in from Aragon in Spain. Usually I’m the first to have a quick jibe at my British ex-pat friends (especially after the World Cup debacle…cricket that is) however what a dominant display by the Brits we witnesses across all classes on the weekend.

Firstly, love him or hate him (and Formula 1 for that matter) Lewis Hamilton drove a flawless Pole to Flag race and never looked threatened during the Shanghai Grand Prix. Even his teammate (I say that tongue in cheek) and runner up in last years Championship, Nico Rosberg was left in his wake.

Lets hope the next race in Bahrain is a little more exciting than what we have witnessed so far in F1 this season.

Switching gears and taking a look at the World Superbike Championship races from Motorland Aragon, it was an all British affair with series leader Jonathon Rea on board the Kawasaki taking line honors in Race 1 from fellow Brit, Chaz Davies on board the Ducati powered machine.

Race 1 couldn’t have been any closer with Rea taking the chequered flag 0.051 seconds ahead of Davies after a last corner-overtaking maneuver that saw the Ulsterman home.

Race two from Aragon sealed a great weekend for Rea who completed the double by winning the second race from yet another Brit and Rea’s teammate Tom Sykes on the second Kawasaki Racing Team Bike.

Rea extended his Championship lead to 26 points over Leon Haslam (you guessed it…another British Rider) on the Aprillia, with Caz Davies in third and Sykes fourth.

Switching over to the Circuit of the Americas and Moto3 we witnessed a dominant Danny Kent, riding the Honda powered Leopard Racing Bike take line honors by a crushing 8.5 seconds.

Starting from pole position, Kent looked hesitant to lead during the opening stages as damp patches on track caused concern for many riders. Once comfortable with the conditions Kent slipstreamed his way past, catapulting himself into the lead and was never headed (or seen again).

Congratulations must go to the 15-year-old French youngster, Fabio Quartararo who claimed second place and his first ever podium in Moto 3.

The Moto2 race from Austin saw another great battle unfold early between Sam Lowes and Johann Zarco. The pair were eventually joined by Xavier Simeon and Alex Rins after the first part of the race however an unfortunate ‘racing incident’ between Zarco and Simeon saw the later crash out and take no further part in the race.

The incident allowed Lowes to establish a gap and finally secure the win. Along the way Lowes displayed some ‘true grit’ following a number of huge crashes in practice and qualifying that left the Speed Up Racing Team rider battered and bruised.


Photograph: ©2014 by Darren Marlowe | Octane Photography – All Rights Reserved

That made it 5 from 5 for Team British Racing over the weekend with only the MotoGP race to go. It seemed a long shot but could the unthinkable happen? Could Crutchlow, Redding or Smith make it a keen sweep?

History of course will show that it never happened and that a rampaging reigning World Champion by the name of Marc Marquez took his third consecutive title in Texas. The Brits held their heads high with Bradley Smith battling hard early before fading. He finished a credible 6th onboard the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine ahead of Cal Crutchlow on the CWM LCR Honda.

All in all, not a bad effort by the British boys and a lot better than their cricket team.

BTW if you didn’t see Marc Marquez’s dramatic qualifying lap to snatch pole in the dying seconds in Austin, then do yourself a favour and watch it! Mathew Birt described it this way…It’s hard to imagine we will ever see a more mesmerizing 122.1 seconds of MotoGP action at the Circuit of the Americas…

Simply awesome…enough said.


Photograph: ©2014 by Darren Marlowe | Octane Photography – All Rights Reserved