The performances of Johann Zarco and Fabio Quartararo encourage French followers to dream of a MotoGP podium the place the 2 Habs would climb this season. It will be a primary.
A yr in the past, in the beginning of 2020, French followers have been nonetheless impatiently ready for the Marseillaise to lastly resonate in MotoGP, this had by no means occurred for the reason that introduction of the class, and we had to return greater than 20 years in the past (September 9, 1999) to see it on the highest degree. It was in 500cc, with Régis Laconi’s victory on the 1999 Valencia Grand Prix.
At this time, it’s not simply success that France can aspire to, however a double podium. Winner of three races in 2020, Fabio Quartararo, official Yamaha rider, was joined on the checklist of candidates for victory by Johann Zarco, a brand new man since his stint at Ducati, then at Pramac Racing in 2021.
The Grand Prix of Qatar noticed Johann Zarco take a podium from the beginning along with his new colours (2nd), whereas Fabio Quartararo needed to give it up after an issue with the rear tire (fifth). However from the sixth to the 10th lap, the compatriots have been each provisionally on the rostrum, in 2nd and third locations.
Two French on the rostrum? Sure, it’s doable this yr, and it will be a primary in MotoGP / 500cc. The achievement occurred as soon as within the historical past of the world championship, however within the 250cc class. It was July 31, 1983 at Silverstone, throughout the British Grand Prix, received by Jacques Bolle forward of Thierry Espié and Christian Sarron. A historic treble for the French bike, which won’t be repeated this yr since there are solely two riders in rivalry. However a double, we take anyway!
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