A seventh of madness

Quartararo has four victories, by none of his three pursuers in the World Cup, but above all he has won regularly and has learned to suffer.


The MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix put on a vibrant show this Sunday, a crazy race due to the rain that, like almost all things that are solved in troubled waters, produced an unexpected outcome, almost on the verge of heroic. Brad Binder was the only one of the six top riders who decided not to change bikes when he was the hardest, with four laps to go, a risky bet on dry tires that paid off. The South African achieved victory with a KTM at KTM's home, at the Red Bull Ring, a coincidental circumstance to round out the feat. The race had other outstanding drivers, especially rookie Jorge Martín, third on the podium, who knew how to handle extreme conditions in an intensive learning course. Also Pecco Bagnaia, second, the best of the pursuers. And Joan Mir, fourth, a pilot more on Sundays than Saturdays, who grows in this second half of the World Cup. Even Marc Márquez, who, despite having run undercover and having a fall ruined all the day's work, continues to be competitive.

The race was so crazy that another of the big winners took seventh place. I am referring, obviously, to Fabio Quartararo, who leaves Austria strengthened due to the fall of Johann Zarco, despite not having approached the positions of honor. The Frenchman entered the circuit with a 40-point advantage over his compatriot and came out with 47 over Bagnaia and Mir. There is an obvious difference between him and his pursuers: while Quartararo has accumulated four victories, none of the next three qualifiers have yet risen to the highest rung. But that would also be nothing without his regularity. In fact, last year he had three wins, but then he failed to fight for the title. He has learned a lot since then, especially to suffer. And to know how to value that even a seventh place can be worth gold.

Photos from as.com

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