Qatar. Losail. Lights (cameras and lots of action). And from three superb races for the opening chapter of 2018 MotoGP, the dash, dispute and dice between Pecco Bagnaia, Lorenzo Baldassarri and Alex Marquez for Moto2 honours was among the most watchable.
It was housemates and fellow Italians Bagnaia (incandescent on the strikingly dark Sky Racing Team VR46 machine) and ‘Balda’ (on his first outing for Pons HP40) that cranked up the tension in what was a close duel. Black Knight versus White. “The race felt really long!” Bagnaia admitted. “The gap was always 0.4-0.5 and then the fight with Lorenzo on the last lap. Was nice.”