MOTO GP – Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco, dreaming of pain on Sunday

Saxony was blue, white and red! As at the Portuguese Grand Prix in April, as well as in Doha last season, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) and Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac) gave France a perfect Sunday with a double at the German Grand Prix. Perfect but not without pain. The two had to go to the end to get this fantastic double. “I was sick all weekend and during the race I coughed a bit (…) but I’m super happynt, “Quartararo confessed.It was really a nightmare at the end of the race. I am very happy and very tired“, slipped Zarco from his side.

In fact, the two had to work on the final laps. Fabio Quartararo, who was therefore not in the shape of his life, suffered from the choice of tire he took at the start of this race. Starting in second place, the world leader, who pressured the Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Team) to overtake him in the first corner of the Sachsenring, had opted for a “intermediate” rear tire, instead of “hard”. “. . “I was one of the only ones with the ‘medium’‘. It was pretty risky. He lost a lot of grip during the race, more than expected“, recognized the Nice people.

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My tire was going to be destroyed

And despite his leadership and after seeing Bagnaia fall on the 3rd lap, while trying to bounce back, Fabio Quartararo has had to play smart to avoid making any guilty mistakes and remain imperial. “I wanted to stay first especially in the first laps. It sets my pace. And save some tire for the endsummed up the French at the microphone of Canal +. Fortunately, we managed to make this ‘vacuum’ because the tires deteriorated much faster than I expected. I had to manage afterwards. If I wanted to accelerate to make a bigger gap, I knew my tire was going to destroy even more“, recognized the outgoing champion.

Behind him on the final laps under scorching temperatures (36 degrees in the air and over 50 degrees on the track), Johann Zarco has also been in the running. “It was a good strategy this hard tire in the backslipped the Ducati rider, very physically marked at the end of the race. The first third was fine. But halfway through, he was very struggling. The last three laps were almost a nightmare. It was very complicated to control the bike. He had the second place secured, but he was somewhat scared, as Jack Miller finished the course welle. “

I only think of one thing, it is the pleasure of winning races

Glad to have finished ideally despite these end-of-race adventures, Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco can now look to the future with envy. Quartararo signed a perfect operation with this third victory of the season, which increases to 34 points his advantage over his pursuer, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia). But don’t go talking to him about management: “I don’t manage anything at all“, he launched on Canal +.I am here to win. Race to race, that’s how I won last year. I don’t plan to manage. There, we will arrive at a circuit that I love, in Assen. I will seek victory. And not to manage the number of points I have ahead of me. The most important thing is to fight for victories as far as Japan and Thailand. And then we’ll see for the championship. There, I only think of one thing, it is the pleasure of winning races. And it’s fabulous“.

It is clear that Quartararo’s thirst for victory is not satisfied. But in this quest, he may have to distrust his compatriot. Because after being fifth in Le Mans, fourth in Italy, third in Catalonia and, therefore, second in Germany, Johann Zarco seems to be gaining momentum and gaining confidence. “My last four races are consistent. In Barcelona, ​​it was a podium offered. There, it’s a beautiful podium I went to get. He is always in trouble. But it pays. When I can free myself, it will only get better. But I don’t know when it will happen“, warned those still looking for their first MotoGP victory.

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