Not bad for a sport that’s currently looking at ways to spice up the show.
When Richard Mork crept forward on the V8 Ute grid at Phillip Island he knew he would get a penalty, so decided to go for it even though the race was nowhere near starting.
1. He is just 17 years old and it was only his 3rd race.
2. It was the 1st victory by a Malaysian in any sort of Motorcycle Grand Prix.
3. He won by 26 seconds which is amazing when you consider the average winning margin over the last 9 Moto3 races was just 1.1 seconds.
It’s great to see young talent grabbing an early opportunity to shine.
A couple of amazing things happened during the Moto2 and Moto3 races in Qatar last weekend.
Firstly, Nico Antonelli won the Moto3 race by just 0.007 seconds. The small margin was amazing becasue, despite the lead changing 27 times between 5 different riders, Antonelli only took the lead of the race for the first time within metres of the finish line.
Secondly, 7 of the top 8 riders on the Moto2 grid jumped the start and received penalties. The only rider in the top 8 without a jump start penalty crashed all by himself in the early laps so Thomas Luthi (starting 9th) had a much easier path to victory than he could’ve ever imagined.