COVID-19 : Moto2 | The nursery of champions

Portuguese Miguel Oliveira got pole and an undeniable triumph in the grand prix of his country, in Portimao. He had dreamed of it many times, but with an audience in the stands. A closure at the height of bizarre motorcycle world that has been played this year, marked First due to the pandemic, which forced to restructure the calendar with only 14 races, all in Europe, and later by the fall of Marc Márquez, which left the title of MotoGP that up to nine drivers from four teams managed to win. It was a perfect occasion for Yamaha, with Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo or Valentino rossi, and to Andrea Dovizioso, three years runner-up, but none of them knew how to consolidate his candidacy. That’s where Joan Mir emerged, the most regular, who best managed the chaos and pressure. A champion in troubled times.

Albert Arenas finished this Sunday the double with his title in Moto3. Mir had also conquered this wound in 2017. Just like Marquez it had done it in 125cc in the 2010 season. The small categories are the nurseries of the great champions, just as they were the nursery of Spanish motorcycling in the days of the pioneers, when they shone Ángel Nieto, Ricardo Tormo… and Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’. Now it is normal to hear the national anthem in the highest category, but until Alex Crivillé premiered in 500cc in the course of 1999 it was a closed frontier. In Moto3 and Moto2, or formerly in the displacements of 50, 80, 125 and 250, are the origins of the successes of Spain, what Sands he has elevated to 54 world titles. And in those origins is Aspar, your mentor, who with his team can deliver these dreamy promises. Before the suffered Grand Prix of Portugal that he raised to the altars, Arenas said: “I want to be like Aspar, I want to be champion”. Well, it already is. One more in an illustrious list of 21 pilots … with grandchild to the head. The most uncertain year has had a happy ending.