MotoGP France: the French stop at the foot of the podium


LThe victory of a French rider at the French Motorcycle Grand Prix will have to wait. Quartararo (Yamaha), who finished fourth, but maintains the lead in the world with four small points ahead of the Spanish Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), 3.e Sunday, and eight at Bastianini, again third third overall. Starting fifth behind the Frenchman and Espargaro, Bastianini (Ducati-Gresini) quickly took over his competitors to face the factory Ducati of the Australian Jack Miller, whom he will overtake halfway, and Bagnaia , then leader of the race.

In the fight for victory against his compatriot who started at the pole, Bastianini took advantage of an error by the official Ducati rider, under pressure as the distance between the two riders was small, to take the reins of the race and get thus his third victory. of the season in seven rounds, after Qatar and the GP of the Americas. He is currently the only driver to have won more than one race this season. “I’m very happy with this race because this victory is unexpected, the weekend was tricky,” the winner reacted. Bagnaia, to whom the second place seemed promised a few laps from the finish, made another mistake moments later, which led to the fall and then to the withdrawal of the Italian. “The only issue of the day is that I lost 25 or 20 points,” lamented the 7-year-old Italian.e in the championship 46 points of Quartararo and “cabrejat”. “Now I have a few days to think about it, to try to understand it, to try to improve because I can’t win the championship with these mistakes, maybe it’s also time to be more mature,” he continued, in front of “his” GP of Italy in late May.

Quartararo “not happy”

Under the heat and the sun, the expected rain did not end up playing the course, Bastianini was far ahead of Jack Miller and Aleix Espargaro in the goal. Part 4eFabio Quartararo, reigning world champion, quickly fell to 8e position before meeting in the fight for the podium with his rival in the general classification, without being able to take the advantage. “All the progress I’ve made is because the drivers made mistakes up front. […] my real position is not the fourth, it is much further back, ”he said. The Frenchman owes his salvation especially to the Suzuki withdrawals of the Spaniards Alex Rins and Joan Mir, before that of Bagnaia.

For his part, Espargaro explained that he has done “a super difficult race, the most difficult of the season so far”. “I knew Fabio was behind me, but I knew it was hard for him to beat me […], the races consisted of not making mistakes. Words that the world champion came to confirm: “We were very fast but we knew it was not possible to move forward. I am not happy with my career. »

110,000 spectators

Driven by the outcry of more than 110,000 spectators, the other Frenchman of the event, Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac), took fifth place.e after having remarkably surpassed the six-time Spanish MotoGP world champion Marc Márquez (Honda). “I was incisive enough to keep my place and try to move forward […]so I am satisfied with the fight in this way but also with the pace of the race ”, he welcomed the 6-year-old Frenchman.e in the championship, at the end of the race. Sixth in Saturday’s standings, the Canadian started ninth on the grid due to a three-place sanction received for “irresponsible” behavior. In Moto2, Spaniard Augusto Fernandez (KTM Ajo) signed his first victory of the season, well ahead of Italian Celestino Vietti (VR46), 8.e but who remains at the top of the championship. In Moto3, the Spaniard Jaume Masia (KTM Ajo) won a race interrupted in the first lap by the rain. Championship leader Sergio García (Gasgas), 7e at the end of the race, he retains his rank in the general classification, ahead of his new runner-up Masia.

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