Without Márquez everything is different

"With him, his rivals seemed to settle for finishing in his wake. Now with the Catalan absent, the situation seems very different."


When the favorite is missing, the hopefuls enjoy new opportunities. In some moments of the last few years, I had the feeling that Marc Márquez had won the races before even jumping onto the track. His rivals in MotoGP assumed such superiority of the multi-time champion that they seemed content to finish in his wake, being second in those circumstances was almost like winning. Now with the Catalan absent, the situation in the premier category of the World Cup seems very different. Quartararo took the initiative in the first two rounds in Jerez, but in Brno things have changed and we have seen that winning is not the same as fighting for a title. The ban has been opened and there are many hunters who want to collect their game.

Binder's unexpected victory with the KTM (sensational news that the Austrian brand's effort achieves this coveted result) reflects this perfectly. The provisional leadership of the young Frenchman, obviously, does not grant him the championship stripes and the rest of the pilots launch their attacks on the candidate in a very different way than on Marc. It is something that he must assume for the entire campaign, be aware of how much that remains ahead and learn to manage an unprecedented commitment for him: looking for the best possible classifications but avoiding mistakes that take points away from him on the way to his goal. Too bad Viñales doesn't seem to be at his best, which prevents him from claiming his share of the occasion that now presents itself.

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