MotoGP Paddock Insider: Top 4 covered by only 10 points

Dani Pedrosa soaks up the applause in parc ferme

by Amy Dargan, MotoGP Paddock Reporter 

It’s so good to be back in Europe, Jerez is a bit like the second “back to school”, when you walk into the paddock on a Thursday, everything just looks “SO off the television”. The shiny trucks lined up perfectly down the paddock, all the impressive hospitalities; the familiar faces that don’t come to the overseas. Being back in Europe is just simply awesome; our paddock village still gives me that ‘pinch me do I actually work for this crazy circus’ feeling.

I’ll get the whiney bit over with to begin with, I didn’t quite get to enjoy the social side of being back in Europe as I would have liked to, I am not exaggerating when I say I have such a serious case of man flu- the downside of racking up more miles in the sky than on the road but I have to shout out the amazing Clinica Mobile.

You definitely would have heard them mentioned during the races, they’re our travelling medical team but they’re not just here for the riders, they take care of all of us; teams, media and organisers.

Pedrosa crosses the Jerez finish line in first

So if you caught the race you will be aware of the fact that the championship chase just got hella good. Ten, that’s right ten points now separate the top four; Valentino Rossi, Maverick Vinales, Marc Marquez and….Dani Pedrosa. 

Dani Pedrosa our worthy race winner hadn’t even realised by the time he came off the podium and into the top three interview room, where BT Sport’s Gavin Emmett was the one to break the news.

Movistar Yamaha’s weekend to forget played into the standings shuffle, in their debrief Vinales was unwilling to give away too many details but was baffled by how much things had changed from the morning warm up (of which he lead) to the race. Valentino’s main problem all weekend was wheel spin. He said that taking a risk with the setting for the race unfortunately hadn’t gone there way and the vibration was so bad on the last six or seven laps he was lucky to finish.

It was a complete contrast in the top three room, an elated Dani Pedrosa was beaming, gambling with the medium rear had paid off handsomely and Marquez was humble in the fact that he just didn’t have enough for an all weekend long dominant Pedrosa. We also joked about Zarco’s assault on the Spaniard and whether it reminded him of a certain someone in his early MotoGP days. He laughed and said that when he caught a glimpse of Zarco’s helmet coming for him he initially thought it was Rossi, he praised the rookie for his impressive showing, clearly having enjoyed the tussle.

Rossi leads Dovi

We also have to talk about Lorenzo, so over joyed by his first podium for Ducati that had come sooner than expected and said it was the best thirtieth birthday present he could have ever wished for. He said this one was possibly helped by his love of the Andalucian circuit and a slower race pace but if a bit of confidence from a good result and good feeling with the bike can see the return of the Pedrosa we all remember with fondness, just maybe this is the start of a turn in fortune for the Spartan.

Ten points! I’ll still be saying ten points in two weeks time in Le Mans!

AmyDargen MotoGP

Who is Amy? 

Amy is one of MotoGP’s official roving reporters hunting down the riders, their managers, crew chiefs and paddock personalities at every Grand Prix. This season she'll be filling BikeSocial readers in on the story lines in between the racing lines. 

Amy is all about two wheels coming from three years covering the MXGP championship before embarking on her third season in MotoGP, she'll also be the pit lane reporter at selected Speedway Grand Prix this year. 

You can follow her 2017 season on Instagram at @amylouisedargan and Twitter @amylouisedargan