MotoGP 2014: Italian Grand Prix – Power Five


Mugello always produced one of the great atmospheres on the MotoGP calendar and in 2014, we had the racing to match. Three gripping races, all of which all went down to the wire, had over 70,000 fans on the edge of their seats and many riders delivered performances that will be talked about for some time. The TCF Power Five looks at the best of all.

 

5. Esteve Rabat (Moto2)

Photo Credit: MotoGP.com
Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Illness had taken its toll on Esteve Rabat in the previous two Grand Prix weekends but happier and healthier, the Spaniard was back on form at Mugello. The championship leader totally dominated qualifying and although Sam Lowes closed to within a couple of tenths, Rabat claimed a comfortable pole position.

The race wasn’t as straightforward with Luis Salom knocking Esteve off his stride with an aggressive move at Savelli but once he had reeled in his compatriot and early leader Jonas Folger, victory was back within reach. With six laps remaining, the Marc VDS rider made his move into Scarperia but Salom isn’t the rider to take it lying down and responded into San Donato.

With four laps remaining though, it was Esteve who capitalised on a slipstream to snatch the lead and despite Luis’ best efforts, he wouldn’t relinquish it.

(Photo Credit: MotoGP.com)