The crazy world of MotoGP

When the dominator is missing, the rivals grow, everyone is seen with possibilities and strange events occur. Like Zarco taking pole or Binder signing victory.


Marc Márquez scored his third consecutive zero. That accident at the inaugural grand prix has dragged his absence for two more races. He was scheduled to return to Brno, but suffered a relapse and had to be operated on again last Monday. You may have read the explanation: it is more risky to open a window than to do push-ups fresh out of the operating room or to play a free practice on a Honda four days after an operation. All superheroes have their kryptonite. The fact is that Márquez is not on track. And when the dominator of recent years is missing, rivals grow, everyone feels with possibilities, and crazy events often happen. Like, for example, Johann Zarco taking pole position, or Brad Binder signing victory in his third MotoGP appearance.

With Marc Márquez injured; Jorge Lorenzo, retired, and Valentino Rossi, run down by the slab of age, there is a huge curiosity about who can take the reins of motorcycling. If alternative bets had been placed on Marc before the start of the season, the name of Andrea Dovizioso would have possibly come out ahead, as dictated by his three consecutive runners-up. Maverick Viñales would also have appeared, from whom that jump is always expected. Fabio Quartararo is the candidate for the future, after the masterful brushstrokes that he already showed the previous year. And some daring would have pointed to Álex Rins, who last year added two victories of merit. However, only Quartararo is seizing the opportunity. And not quite. His two successes chained in Jerez had raised him as the main contender, but this weekend he has already weighed the responsibility of the leadership with a fall in the classification and a seventh place in the race. Being a MotoGP world champion is not an easy challenge. Not even without Márquez.

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