"Things would not have changed much with Márquez on track"

Petrucci doesn't think the World Cup would have been different without Marc's injury: "He had an amazing pace. But so did Quartararo in Jerez."


The first race of the season in Jerez had its protagonist in Marc Márquez. That fall after climbing from last to third place caused a fissure in his humerus that, in the end, has meant his goodbye to the season. With the champion out of combat, the Yamaha of Quartararo and Viñales took the lead for the World Championship, but after the Grand Prix in Brno and the double in Austria, nobody dares to predict a clear candidate, almost as if to imply that nobody wants the throne of Marquez.

With five races contested, Fabio Quartararo is the leader of the championship with 70 points, just three above Andrea Dovizioso, who has cut 25 points from Diablo in the last two races. They are followed by Miller with the satellite Ducati, Brinder and Nakagami, who with the 2019 Honda is achieving better results than Álex Márquez and Stefan Bradl. It is being an atypical season and not only because of coexistence with the coronavirus and its consequences.

Not all opinions are the same and not everyone believes that with Márquez the World Cup would have passed in a different way than it has. This is the case of Danilo Petrucci, who compares the case of the Spaniard with the start of the season in Quartararo: "I don't think things would have changed much with Marc compared to what we are seeing so far. Of course, in the first race we he was humiliating, because he came back from last place to the first positions, he was almost first. He had an amazing pace. But so did Quartararo in Jerez, and then in Brno and Austria it cost him. I don't know how it would have turned out with Marc, no we can tell. But after the first two races, Quartararo looked unbeatable and now he doesn't. "

Without Márquez on the track and with the World Championship more open than ever, MotoGP has its next stop at the San Marino Grand Prix, at the Misano circuit. A layout that should match the characteristics of the Yamaha and return it to the noble area of the grid, although Dovizioso and KTM, in full swing, could give a new blow to the table at the home of Valentino Rossi.

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