MotoGP – In difficulty, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) finishes eighth at Silverstone, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) wins

Double header at Silverstone for Fabio Quartararo. Victorious in 2021, the French Yamaha rider faced Sunday’s British Grand Prix with the infernal pace of the Ducati, admittedly little helped by a long lap imposed in the opening laps. Finally eighth after twenty laps of the race, “El Diablo” could console himself with a relatively good performance in the general, his runner-up Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) finished on his wheel (9th). At the front, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) achieved a second consecutive success, resisting the resurrection of Maverick Vinales (Aprilia), second. Jack Miller (Ducati) completed the podium, while Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac) crashed on lap five.

Quartararo’s bad choice, Zarco’s curse

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Record Zarco, Quartararo fourth


Fabio Quartararo had a designated enemy all weekend, this turn 14, a tight hairpin of sorts that served as a long lap. A penalty has been awarded in Assen, after an unfortunate slip by the Habs in front of Aleix Espargaro. The Nice guys have taken this corner a good ten times during practice, a repetition that paid off on the fourth lap of the race, where “El Diablo” cut the corner perfectly to drop back to the fifth position at the start. Until then, the championship leader was running a perfect race, sharp at the start (2nd) and tightly clinging to the saddle of his compatriot Johann Zarco.

Problem, by virtue of concentrating on this sanction, the Niçois has clouded his mind in the choice of his tires. The English heat spontaneously encouraged them to put a hard tire on the rear, but Quartararo decided to go light (soft front, medium rear). A choice that sounded the death knell of the dreams of a double, far from the triumphant journey of last year. Unable to get ahead on the Ducati and, worse than that, being overtaken by the mounts of Maverick Vinales, Enea Bastianini, Jorge Martin and Miguel Oliveira, the Frenchman has concluded a race that gradually fell apart in eighth position, a nothing in front of the brave Aleix Espargaró. , his body still bruised from the fall the day before.

A disappointment without a doubt, but not at the same level as that covered by Johann Zarco’s gadin (5th round), then launched towards a first victory in the premier category. Author of the pole with the palmares as a bonus, the Canesan left the grid with authority but the curse did not fall on the Prima Pramac pilot. As a result, Zarco has been left off the overall podium (5th), while Quartararo has gained a small point (22 pts ahead) of Espargaro. For its part, Bagnaia came within two wins of the leader (49 pts).

Bagnaia’s threat resurfaces, Vinales finds the heights

Precisely, Pecco Bagnaia risks a serious return to the fight for the title if he continues to swallow the successes (8th victory of the transalpine). Pushed to the front after the fall of Zarco, the Piedmontese first saw the return of Alex Rins (Suzuki), determined to summon the glorious memories of his victory in 2019. Except that Bagnaia waited patiently for the sunset of the song of the Catalan’s swan (7th) to punish him, the latter returned to his impotence before the frenetic pace of the mountains of Bologna.

The last threat came from Maverick Viñales, second on Sunday, and author of a good comeback, he who continues to chase the level seen during his great hours at Yamaha. The Spaniard can now watch the light at the end of the tunnel, victory is not far away. Jack Miller took the last ticket in the box office, ahead of a duo (Bastianini, Martin) who fought for fourth position (taken by the Italian) and the last handlebars of the official team. We are barely approaching the second half of the season when all eyes are already on 2023. The future combines with the present.

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