MotoGP: Zarco fails at Silverstone, Quartararo avoids the worst

MotoGP: Zarco fails at Silverstone, Quartararo avoids the worst

The French were in great difficulty at the British Grand Prix, won on Sunday by Pecco Bagnaia.

Fabio Quartararo ADRIAN DENNIS / AFP

The big missed opportunity for Johann Zarco. Solid leader of the British Grand Prix, the French driver lost everything when he made a mistake on the fifth lap to finish in the gravel. The dream of a first victory in the premier category, which has surely never stretched out his arms so much, flew away following a badly negotiated turn 8.

Zarco had the choice of starting with a medium front tire at the start of the race, a choice that may have been the source of his setbacks. “There has not been a big change in the trajectory. It was perhaps the front tire that did not have enough grip, he slipped at the microphone of Canal +. It was nice to lead the race but I have the balls there. I think I have passed a new course but must continue and turn the page.

Starting last, the Avignonnais ended up being called back by his team to observe Francesco Bagnaia’s final victory from the pits. Winner of the last GP in Assen (Netherlands) before the break, the Italian does it again and offers himself a fourth victory this season. After a complicated start to the season, the Ducati rider is finding excellent sensations and is getting a little closer to the heights of the general classification. This Sunday, he was ahead of Maverick Vinales, brilliant on the handlebars of his Aprilia, and his teammate Jack Miller.
Quartararo slipped after his penalty

Further on, Fabio Quartararo finished eighth in a race where he never appeared on pace. Yet author of an excellent start, like Zarco, the world champion returned to the ranks once his “long lap” penalty was completed. Then second behind his compatriot, “El Diablo” found himself fifth before gradually slipping behind the higher pace of his competitors.

The only bright spot for the leader of the world championship, the presence just behind him of his runner-up Aleix Espargaro. Injured following a violent fall on Saturday, the Spanish driver (Aprilia) was heroic in conceding just one more point to the French overall.

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