After consolidating his place as a world leader, Fabio Quartararo advances to Aragon without certainty for a journey that is not to his liking. But there are many who can challenge him for victory.
Will Fabio Quartararo get his 6th victory of the season in Aragon on Sunday to get closer to the MotoGP world title that no Frenchman has won before him? Or will you find the local Marc Márquez on your way? If the French Yamaha rider, still full of control at Silverstone, has a 65-point lead over his immediate pursuer, reigning champion Joan Mir (Suzuki), he prefers to turn off the excitement.
“Aragon is probably the worst circuit on the calendar, not for the Yamaha but for me. I’ve been fast here sometimes, I even had pole position last year, but I’ve never been consistent. It would be nice to change that and I want to learn how to improver ”, underlines the Niçois. In the absence of victory at Motorland, the scene of the 13th day of the season, a good result would allow him to get closer to the title while there are six races left in the season. Behind Mir, the other French MotoGP Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac) and Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) are 69 and 70 points behind Quartararo respectively.
Neither Zarco nor Bagnaia have ever won in the supreme category and are hungry for success. But his powerful Ducati is not usually at home on the Spanish tourniquet and the last victory of the Borgo Panigale brand there dates back to 2010. Mir Suzuki and his teammate and compatriot Alex Rins look more like a victory demonstrated last year by Rins. After a difficult start to the season, last year’s world champion machines seem to have found their pace even though they haven’t won in 2021 yet.
Time for Marc Márquez?
Marc Márquez, six-time world champion, born not far from the circuit of Aragon, is considered here at home and his five successes in the queen category testify to this. But he has a hard time finding the top since his accident that took him away from the circuits last season. His right arm still hurts and he has the saddest record of most MotoGP falls since the start of the season.
Currently 12th in the championship at 147 points from Quartararo, his hopes for a 7th title are nil but he has to prove to himself that he stays at the highest level. Aragon is one of the few circuits where the riders turn counterclockwise and it was on a circuit of the same type, the Sachsenring of Germany, where they achieved their only victory of the season in June. “Turns to the left put less strain on the right arm“The Honda rider stressed on Thursday, although he was confident that the first laps of the race, when the tires are new and offer more grip, are the most difficult because”the most physical“.
His ex-partner Vinales in Aprilia
The public eye, about 20,000 people will be admitted to the circuit, will also be put on another Spaniard, Maverick Vinales, who will debut with the Aprilia. After leaving Yamaha with a dark history of allegations of sabotage – and being totally dominated there by Fabio Quartararo – Viñales intends to prove that he can still aim for a tenth MotoGP victory.
It comes at a time when the Aprilia, long displaced in the middle of the grid, rise to the forefront as evidenced by the 3rd position of his new teammate Aleix Espargaró, also Spanish, in the last GP of Great Britain, the first podium. in MotoGP for the Italian brand. Present at MotoGP since 2015 with the Gresini team, the Noale firm is preparing to become a real factory team next year and seems to have found the secrets of speed. “The remaining six races will mainly serve to prepare for next season and our priority is to learnhe said Thursday.
In the other categories, the Australian Remy Gardner will try to increase his advantage over the Spanish Raúl Fernández in Moto2. In Moto3, the phenomenon Pedro Acosta, already five times winner of his first season in the category, will try to further widen the gap in the championship after his poor performance (11th) during the last test at Silverstone.