Moto GP: Frenchman Fabio Quartararo is crowned world champion!

Forever the first! At the age of 22, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) offered his first world championship title in France in the royal motorcycle speed category, MotoGP, on Sunday.

Fifteenth on the starting grid of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix in Misano (Italy), Quartararo made an impressive comeback in 4th place. He has especially benefited from the fall of his last title rival, Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati), who made a mistake four laps from the finish line when he was in the lead.

Now 65 long ahead of Bagnaia, “El Diablo” (the nickname acquired during his youth races in Spain) can no longer join the classification of drivers, before the last two tests of the season (Algarve on 7 November and Valencia on 14). ), victory is worth 25 points each time.

Even before returning to the paddock and after celebrating his title with the spectators in a cloud of blue smoke, Quartararo received a golden helmet, a symbol of his world title.
He then returned to the pits where all his rivals, including Spaniard Marc Márquez, winner of Sunday’s race, and his unfortunate rival Bagnaia cordially congratulated him.
“I can’t believe it, it’s hard for me to talk, it’s crazy, it’s a very good time to savor,” he explained, about to cry.

Ten podiums in 2021

This consecration comes during his third season in MotoGP, the first with the Yamaha factory team, after two years with the Yamaha-SRT satellite team.
Of the 16 GPs held in 2021, Quartararo has achieved ten podiums, including five victories, and five pole positions.
After half-time passes in Moto3 in 2015 and 2016 (2 podiums and 2 poles in the first year), then Moto2 in 2017 and 2018 (2 podiums, 1 victory included, and 1 pole in the second year), the French hope is finally confirmed in MotoGP the following year, with 7 podiums and 6 poles.

Before winning in 2020 the first French victory in the category since that of Régis Laconi in Valencia in 1999.
In the race for the title in the absence of the Spanish favorite Marc Márquez (Honda), injured, the N.20, however, missed the title at the end of the season, the victim of his discomfort in front of a motorcycle not in the height. expectations.
In 2021, Quartararo learned his lessons, with a less good result than 13th place in Spain in early May, when he suffered a compartment syndrome (muscle problem) in one arm.

Rossi 10th

During the next round, in France, he took the reins of the championship and never let go, despite the final assaults of the Bagnaia.
Before him, other Tricolors were crowned in the lower categories: Johann Zarco (in Moto2 in 2015 and 2016), Mike Di Meglio (in 125 cm3 in 2008), Arnaud Vincent (in 125 cm3 in 2002), Olivier Jacque (in 250 cm3). in 2000), Christian Sarron (in 250 cm3 in 1984) and Jean-Louis Tournadre (in 250 cm3 in 1982).
This Grand Prix was also the last for Italian icon Valentino Rossi (Yamaha-SRT) in front of his audience, before retiring at the end of the year.

His disappointing 10th place, as a tricky final season, did not stop his countless fans from paying tribute to him in a cloud of yellow smoke (his favorite color).
The riders of his team (the VR46) raced in monkeys and yellow motorcycles scratched with the words “Grazie Vale!” (Thanks Vale in Italian).
Next year, “Vale” will be dedicated to his family (he is expecting his first child), to his academy training Italian riders, to his future MotoGP team and to motorsport, with the aim of participating someday. at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
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