MotoGP returned to Europe for the first of four Spanish showdowns and the championship battles in each class are starting to take shape, that’s if we are going to get a title fight at all given the dominance of some. Jerez saw one man’s superhuman start to 2014 continue while riders at opposite ends of their careers showed just what they were capable of to make this week’s TCF Power Five.
5. Romano Fenati (Moto3)
Jerez was the circuit where Romano Fenati made his name in 2012 and two years on, the Italian has confirmed his status as not only a star of the future, but also a serious contender for the Moto3 crown. His return to winning ways in Argentina owed a little to brute force at the penultimate corner but this win was all down to skill and tactical nous.
Romano didn’t exactly start the race high on the list of favourites for victory after qualifying down in tenth, over a second down on Jack Miller’s meteoric lap, but a positive start lifted him to eighth and ensured he would be a part of the leading pack before it broke away.
By half distance, the front group had reduced to five with Fenati at the head of it but as is so often the case in the junior class, the last corner would decide it all. Running second approaching the last corner, Alex Rins threw everything he had at the Sky Racing VR46 rider but with Fenati such a master on the brakes, the Spaniard had to leave his braking later than he dared, in this case too late. Rins ran wide as they rounded turn thirteen and Fenati ghosted through on the exit to clinch back-to-back victories for this first time in his career.
(Photo Credit: Repsol Honda)