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15 days ago
By Steve Day

Moto3™ round up: Argentina and the Americas

Commentator Steve Day talks through some talking points from Termas de Rio Hondo and Texas

What did you make of Argentina?

Steve Day: “I thought after Argentina that we may be in for a one-man show because of Joan Mir going from P16 to 1st. I was a bit concerned for the rest of the field because he looks so comfortable on the bike, he looks really good. But I was pleased to see John McPhee into second again in Argentina to confirm the result in Qatar, that shows he’s really a title contender. Jorge Martin likewise. Argentina was disappointing for people like Nicolo Bulega and Enea Bastianini – I especially thought Bulega would be a contender from the word go.”

And then it all seemed to change again in Texas…

Steve Day: “Yeah. I was really impressed with Romano Fenati, because I think he’s been lacking a bit of fight – in these last races he’s not had his gloves off like he used to. I think he is the reason why Aron Canet didn’t finish in Texas. - I don’t think Canet was expecting anyone to challenge him on the second start, and Fenati pretty much pressured him into the mistake. Martin and Fenati were obviously the big winners points wise, and I thought Martin was great on the final few laps – he has a lot of fight in him. I also thought that despite only finishing seventh, McPhee had a good weekend because at the start it wasn’t looking great and he salvaged that really well.”

Next up is Jerez…how do you see the standings?

Steve Day: “I think the Championship is wide open again. I also think they’ll all be quite encouraged by how Joan Mir seemed to slip back through the field in Texas, just to prove he is human. I think that will help them all going into Jerez!”

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