MotoGP / After Francesco Bagnaia’s victory at Misano / Fabio Quartararo: “I have a knife in my throat”

MotoGP / After Francesco Bagnaia’s victory at Misano / Fabio Quartararo: “I have a knife in my throat”

MotoGP / After Francesco Bagnaia’s victory at Misano / Fabio Quartararo: “I have a knife in my throat”

The races follow one another and look alike this summer. Fabio Quartararo continues to see his advantage in the World Championship shrink to a small degree. The San Marino Grand Prix only confirmed the trend. Francesco Bagnaia confirmed his dizzying pace with a fourth victory. And the Frenchman, 5th, once again showed his difficulties in keeping up with the infernal pace of Ducati. “I gave it 100%, I couldn’t get better“Whispered the Nice people upon arrival.

Bagnaia thus continues his formidable rise in the standings. The transalpine driver seemed almost out of the title race after leaving the track in Germany in June. By mid-season he was only sixth and was then 91 points behind Quartararo. Less than three months later, “Pecco” has already made up two thirds of the delay. He is only 30 points behind the reigning world champion, unable to stop the momentum of his runner-up last season. “Here I am with the knife to my throat, I can’t help it“, the Yamaha rider noted, bitterly.

San Marino Grand Prix

Great winner of Bagnaia, Quartararo 5th


Quartararo seems to be running out of solutions. His 5th place may seem disappointing, but the Frenchman limited the damage quite well after a complicated qualifying session that had relegated him to the third row of the starting grid. He had the merit of grabbing a few places, for lack of something better. “I think we did a good race, we kept the pace we had during free practice, but I couldn’t catch them (the leading riders, ed) or even try to overtake.he repented. I was at the limit, more than this I found myself on the ground. “

Bagnaia does not think about the ranking

“El Diablo” is aware that if he cannot win, he must absolutely avoid committing the irreparable. And let’s hope that Bagnaia is wrong. But the Italian is booked after the misadventures of the beginning of the season in Qatar, Le Mans and Germany. “Thirty points is still a lot, I don’t want to focus on thathe insisted after the victory at Misano. I just want to continue the work we are doing in the second half of the season and be smart. I will start thinking about the championship when I am 5 or 10 points away. I’ve already made too many mistakes thinking about the ranking. “

Cautious, the 25-year-old transalpine, on the other hand, is confident in a good shape in view of the last six races of the season. Starting with the Aragon Grand Prix in two weeks, a race that Quartararo is already imagining ”.hard“. Bagnaia, winner of ten of the twenty races disputed since his arrival in the premier class last year, won at Motorland last season while his French rival struggled to finish in 8th place. The Italian will have a great result. opportunity to go further to reduce its deficit.

Quartararo does not sink into pessimism, however. Away from Europe, he will subsequently find slightly more favorable ways to try to maintain leadership in the world championship. “Japan, Thailand, Australia, these are the circuits that I really appreciate … We will try to get good results there“, has advanced the Niçois.” El Diablo “knows that the fight to keep his title will probably be tight until the end. Now he is on a tightrope. But he will cling to it with all his might.

San Marino Grand Prix

The Ducati army beats the competition, Quartararo only eighth


San Marino Grand Prix

Miller and Ducati in good shape, Quartararo and Zarco not far away


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