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MotoGP French Grand Prix – Fabio Quartararo fourth ahead of Johann Zarco, Enea Bastianini winner at Le Mans

MotoGP French Grand Prix – Fabio Quartararo fourth ahead of Johann Zarco, Enea Bastianini winner at Le Mans
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Bastianini surprises again, the French miss out. Yet announced as the big favorite in view of his racing pace displayed throughout the weekend, Fabio Quartararo had to settle for fourth place, far behind an imperial Ducati duo. Enea Bastianini (Gresini) took advantage of the fall of Pecco Bagnaia to quietly win Sunday on the Bugatti circuit of Le Mans ahead of Jack Miller.

In the fight with “El Diablo” for the last step of the podium, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) confirms with his third place that he will have to be counted on for the championship. The Spaniard is also 4 points behind Quartararo in the general standings, who nevertheless saved the essentials. Having gone too far, Johann Zarco finished fifth.

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The heat inhibited the Tricolors

68 years later, Pierre Monneret will still be waiting for his successor. Despite the record crowd in the stands (more than 110,000 spectators) and the promises sown by the two tricolors during practice and qualification, the soufflé overheated and shrivelled. Focused on his pace and his tires, Fabio Quartararo rode on white-hot eggs. The temperature of the track at the Bugatti circuit prompted El Diablo to be cautious, expecting a more unbridled end to the race. Bad luck, Ducati has planned the opposite scenario. At the cost of a perfect flight, the duo from the Bologna firm quickly made their way.

Stuck between the Hondas of Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), Quartararo had all the trouble in the world to get out of this trap. Once rid of the Cervera ant, the Niçois made the rubber band behind the exhausts of Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia). In difficulty with reacceleration, the official Yamaha rider was able to take advantage of Suzuki’s misfortunes to scrape a few places at a lower cost. Alex Rins and Joan Mir out of the game, the top 5 seemed assured. A place behind but further down the track, Johann Zarco (Pramac) on the other hand had no trouble getting rid of a Marc Marquez tormented by his machine.

Bagnaia is scuttled, Bastianini asserts itself

Among the Reds, the wear of Jack Miller’s “soft” front tire ejected the Australian from the fight for the win, to which Enea Bastianini (Gresini) joined. “Bestia” launched hostilities seven rounds from the end. No doubt scalded by the insolence of his young compatriot, Francesco Bagnaia responded without delay with authority. But the overheated asphalt got the better of the Turinese, guilty of a straight a few turns later, before losing the front six laps from the finish. Too presumptuous, the transalpine lost big in the affair, he who now accuses 46 points behind in the championship on Quartararo, who did not ask for so much.

The Niçois certainly did not manage to overtake Aleix Espargaro, third on Sunday and returned to four lengths overall, but the reigning world champion limited the damage with his fourth place. A place ahead of Johann Zarco, fifth, who waited until halfway to compete with the times set by the leaders. A trio now escapes at the head of the general standings, which Quartararo still dominates. Title contender after his third win of the season, Bastianini amazes with his science of highs and lows. The Team Gresini driver is only eight points off the top of the standings. Like what, there is always a transalpine straddling a Ducati to complicate the task of the new king of MotoGP.

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