First French double in the premier motorcycle speed category! Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) won the Doha Grand Prix (Qatar) this Sunday, the second round of the MotoGP season, ahead of Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac).
This is a first in the history of motorcycles. France had never hoisted its pilots to the first two places in a Grand Prix in the premier class. You actually have to go back to 1954 to find two French pilots on a podium, in Reims, for the victory of Pierre Monneret in front of Jacques Collot, 3rd, but on the first two steps, this had never happened. Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) won the Doha (Qatar) Grand Prix, 2nd round of the MotoGP season, ahead of Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac), this Sunday.
“It’s an incredible race, Quartararo reacted to the microphone of Canal +. We had planned a different strategy with the team, and the track conditions were not at the top, but honestly, it was a race where I I did the opposite of the first one, I played really well with the tires. Before the race, I had a drawing of my niece (laughs). This race, I had to win it for her. my best victory, it is really very special. “
The icing on the cake, even if it remains anecdotal so early in the season, Zarco now leads the drivers’ standings with 40 points, four lengths ahead of Quartararo, 2nd. For the two French people, it is also the second race with their new teams, integrated during the winter.
“It’s a great day for the French motorcycle, commented on RMC Olivier Jacque, world champion in the 250cc category in 2000. It’s a first and I think it’s going to be like that throughout the season, because Johann (Zarco) has a good bike, he managed to keep his pace. Fabio managed to regain the lead little by little. He remained focused despite a bad start. At the end of the race, he was brilliantly shining. super happy for both riders. It’s a great day for the French bike. “
“It’s magic for motorcycles which is a wonderful sport, a superb visual spectacle, greeted Claude Michy, organizer of the French Grand Prix. We are lucky to have these two boys. They are men with qualities and fantastic values. It’s a very dangerous sport. They will look for things deep inside themselves. They have been working a lot and for very long years. “
The Spaniards Jorge Martin (Ducati), Alex Rins (Suzuki) and Maverick Vinales (Yamaha), winner of the Qatar GP on the same track last week, close the top 5. Follow the Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), the champion reigning world champion Joan Mir (Suzuki), South African Brad Binder (KTM), Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) and Spaniard Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia).
Note the once again disappointing performances of the Italians of Yamaha-SRT, the reigning vice-champion Franco Morbidelli (12th) and the legend Valentino Rossi (16th after having achieved the worst qualifying of his career in GP, 21st and before -latest).