Quartararo-Zarco, the French double!

Fabio Quartararo, who took the lead at the first corner and never joined again, won the German Grand Prix this Sunday, ahead of his compatriot Johann Zarco, and took the lead in the world championship a little more.

There was Doha 2021 and Portugal 2022, there will also be Germany 2022! For the third time, Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco have given France a double in MotoGP! A feat that still seemed unthinkable a few years ago, when the Spaniards and Italians monopolized the podiums. The reigning world champion won his third victory of the season (the eleventh of his career) in the furnace of the Sachsenring, where the thermometer blithely exceeded 35°c. Johann Zarco has still not won a race, but he finished second for the second time this season, the tenth time in the top flight, and no doubt he will relish The Marseillaise on the podium too.

The fall of Bagnaia changed everything

Starting second and third on the starting grid, behind Francesco Bagnaia, Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco took advantage of the Italian’s misfortunes. From the first corner, the 23-year-old from Nice, who had chosen to start with a hard tire at the front and a medium at the rear (only P.Espargaro and Joan Mir did the same, the other pilots opting for two hard tyres), managed to overtake the Ducati rider, while the 31-year-old from Cannes was overtaken by Aleix Espargaro and found himself fourth. Bagnaia tried to regain control on the second lap and there was even a small contact with Quartararo, but the Frenchman did well, and behind him Zarco managed to overtake Espargaro.

It was finally in the fourth lap that this Grand Prix changed. Francesco Bagnaia, all alone, indeed lost the rear of his bike in turn 1 and had to retire! The two French, who did not ask for so much, then found themselves in the first two places. And even if Zarco came back to within a second and a half of his compatriot at mid-race, Quartararo gave a little throttle to regain his distance, and finally win with five seconds in advance the pilot Pramac. In third place, we find Jack Miller (Ducati), who got the better of Aleix Esparagaro three laps from the end, after an error by the Spaniard.


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