Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM) won the Catalan Grand Prix on Sunday, the 7th round of the MotoGP World Championship. After a crazy race, Frenchman Johann Zarco finished 2nd ahead of Australian Jack Miller. Victim of a combination problem at the end of the race, Fabio Quartararo was penalized for a too short turn and finally finished at the foot of the podium (4th). He nevertheless remains at the head of the world championship.
It is without a doubt one of the craziest Grands Prix of the season which took place this Sunday near Barcelona. The Catalan GP was rich in surprises and spectacle. But if we are used to falls (and there have been), we are much less used to wetsuit concerns.
Yet this is what cost Fabio Quartararo dearly at the end of a race won by the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira on his KTM. Leader of the MotoGP world championship, poleman after dominating free practice and then qualifying, the French rider has long believed in a 4th victory this season in MotoGP.
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Quartararo ends up shirtless
Badly treated at the start of the race, he fought for a long time with the Portuguese for victory. Quartararo even passed him a few minutes before returning to his wheel at the end of the race. But everything changed two laps from the finish. Threatened by Johann Zarco, he lost his protection on his chest and saw his suit open at full speed. The French pilot therefore finished the race with his chest in the wind. Surrealist. An improbable quack which cost him his 2nd place (in a 1st time) since the Ducati rider passed him without difficulty.
Too short, however, to catch Oliveira, king of Catalonia this Sunday. “I don’t have the words, it’s one of the best races of my career,” responded the Portuguese, winner at 26 of his 3rd GP in the premier class and now 7th in the world. Johann Zarco finished in a sublime 2nd place ahead of Jack Miller, without regret. “Miguel controlled the whole race very well,” he commented on Canal +. “In the last two laps I was lucky because Fabio apparently had a problem, I don’t know what happened, so I was able to pass 2nd and then try to catch up with Miguel but he was in control. well its race “,
Zarco gets closer to Quartararo in the general classification
On the track, Fabio Quartararo finished in 3rd position, but a turn too short cost him 3 seconds of penalty. The Frenchman was therefore demoted to 4th place. Hard. In the world championship, Zarco is only 17 points behind Quartararo in this unprecedented Franco-French duel. In 3rd place in the world, Jack Miller overtook his Ducati teammate, the Italian Francesco Bagnaia, only 7th on Sunday.