After his victory in Catalonia, Fabio Quartararo intends to expand his leadership at the helm of the championship during the German Grand Prix. A race where none of the registered drivers has already won in the queen category.
After his magnificent solo race in Catalonia at the beginning of June, Fabio Quartararo aims to consolidate his status as leader of the MotoGP World Championship at the German GP, where he has not yet won any riders present this weekend in the category queen.
On Sunday, the Sachsenring, one of the few circuits where riders turn counterclockwise, will see the end of an era as since 2013, on the German circuit, only the Spaniard Marc Márquez has won MotoGP .
But the six-time MotoGP world champion, operated on earlier this month for the fourth time on his right arm after a fall in 2020, is out for an indefinite period.
Therefore, he will not be able to continue his hegemony in Saxony. To succeed him, Quartararo is at the forefront: he dreams of snatching the eleventh victory of his career in the queen category, the third this season. But the reigning world champion has a frustrated relationship with the German circuit.
Last year he finished third and in 2019 he fell after finishing in 2nd place (the test was not contested in 2020 due to the Covid-19). Previously, in Moto2 or Moto3, the Frenchman had never entered the Top 10 of this circuit.
“Another type of circuit ”
“It’s a completely different circuit from Montmeló (where the last GP was held, ed.). But I feel in great shape, and I drive very well.”he assured, at the dawn of the 10th day (out of 20) of the season.
Behind the Yamaha rider, the Spaniard Aleix Espargaró, his pursuer in general, will do everything possible to prevent his rival from further increasing the lead in the world: 22 points currently separate the two riders (Quartararo has 147 points, Espargaro 125). .
The Aprilia rider will also try in Saxony to make up for his incredible mistake in Catalonia, when he thought the race was over with a lap to the end, releasing the gas, when he was promised a place on the podium. He finally finished 5th in the event but that “stupid mistake”as he said, it cost him valuable championship points.
If he tried to forget his mistake by all means by offering himself a trip to Disneyland with his family, the Catalan admitted that “When you fight for a title like me this year, everything becomes more important”.
Before the mid-season summer break scheduled for the end of the month, after the Dutch GP, the goal is clear: “Return important points”. “This year we have shown that we can be constantly competitive in all circuits and in all conditions,” he said confidently.
“Positive” not to have Márquez
Others disappointed in the Catalan round, the Italians Enea Bastianini (Ducati-Gresini) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), forced to retire after falling.
If Bastianini maintains the 3rd position in the championship, surrender was once again for Bagnaia, now relegated to the 5th position, ten points behind the other Frenchman on the grid, Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac), past 4th with a total of 91. points, just three behind Bastianini.
Zarco, still looking for his first MotoGP victory, had also signed the pole on the German track last year.. “It’s good for us not to have Marc (Márquez) this weekend, it’s another place on the podium to take so that we can make history by snatching a victory.”the Cannes resident joked this Thursday.
The local teacher, Marc Márquez, is recovering …?
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Seventh in the championship, Spaniard Alex Rins (Suzuki) was allowed to run. On Thursday morning he was still uncertain after fracturing his wrist in a violent fall grouped with Bagnaia and the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami at the start of the GP of Catalonia.
In Moto2, the Italian Celestino Vietti (VR46) will also try to consolidate the lead and expects a fourth victory this season. He will start this German weekend with a 16-point advantage over his provisional runner-up, the Japanese Ai Ogura (Honda). The leader of the Moto3 championship, the Spaniard Sergio García (Gasgas), will also want to defend his place as leader.