Quartararo smells like champion

The Frenchman achieves his fifth victory of the year and leaves much more leader, now with 65 points over Mir. Podiums for Rins and Aleix, Aprilia's first in MotoGP.


Fabio Quartararo is not the one who comes out the best when the MotoGP red light goes out, but he is the one who ends the season best. That is why he has five victories out of twelve possible so far this year. His last notch on the revolver dates from this British GP, where he has imposed himself with the same authority that he had exhibited in free practice. The Frenchman missed the pole, but he guaranteed the front row and exhibited a rhythm much higher than that of his rivals that he has returned to take in the Silverstone race, which makes him even more leader, much more, so much that it already sucks or outright champion.

The test started with shock and disgust, because Marc Márquez had an excess of desire that led him to the ground and throw Jorge Martín with him. It was on the first lap, at Turn 9, when they were fighting for fifth place. A few turns before the Repsol Honda had already given the Pramac Ducati a trip from the outside to the inside and, before finishing the first lap, he was trying an impossible pass from the inside that ended up with both of them on the ground. Hard to digest, because both had the potential to try to fight for the podium.

For the victory I would not have given them, because that was a closed preserve for Quartararo. He started third on the grid, dropped several positions behind the grid and then took six laps to get in the lead and drive to victory alone. It is the fifth of the year for him and his 18th podium, with which he already has as many in the queen class as the French myth named Christian Sarron.

Where there was emotion was in the fight for the other two places on the podium. Alex Rins took second place and made a brutal comeback from tenth place on the grid. First he passed Pol Espargaró in the eighth lap to get third and four later, in the twelfth, Aleix Espargaró so as not to drop a glorious second place that is the first podium of the season for him.

Special mention deserves the fight for third place. Aleix was fighting to give Noale's house its first podium in the queen class and Jack Miller to wash the image of Ducati on a dark day for the Italian factory. The Austrian came to pass the Spanish on the last lap but, as he did, Aleix returned the maneuver and held third until receiving the checkered flag. It was the first podium for Aprilia in MotoGP, the second for Granollers in the category and the claim that he was not so crazy when he said on Friday that he considered himself one of the three best riders in the category. This time it was.

The great losers of the day were Joan Mir and Francesco Bagnaia, who arrived here tied on points, 41 behind Quartararo and now see the Frenchman a world away. Mir, who started eleventh and reached the podium position in the first laps, finished ninth and is second alone in the general classification, but now 65 points behind the leader. Bagnaia, meanwhile, fell from second place on the grid to twelfth at the finish line, and is now fourth, because Zarco passed him, who was eleventh, 70 points behind the French.

Pol in the end had to settle for fifth place, ahead of Brad Binder, Iker Lecuona and Álex Márquez. Bravo for the Valencian and the Catalan. The KTM one started 18th and the Honda one 17th, so they had a great time recovering positions and charged the batteries with a view to the next appointment, in Aragon, where we will have to wait for a Marc Márquez willing to remove this thorn from the worst career that is remembered.

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