Without mastery, power is nothing, it seems. If Fabio Quartararo does not have the most powerful machine (his Yamaha was flashed with a top speed deficit of 10 km / h compared to Johann Zarco’s Ducati at the end of the straight this Sunday), the Frenchman is now clearly above the rest in the art of driving today and he showed it in the more technical parts of Mugello, in which he was simply untouchable.
Mastery, it was also necessary mentally in order to contain the emotions following the announcement, a little less than two hours before the race, of the death of Swiss rider Jason Dupasquier, who had an accident on Saturday during Moto3 qualifying. Appeared very touched during the minute of silence preceding the start of the MotoGP race, Quartararo was able to ignore this tragedy to deliver an impeccable race.
Ideally started this time, thanks to the new Yamaha starting system, the poleman was in second position at the exit of the first corner, only ahead of the Ducati of Francesco Bagnaia. An Italian visibly over-revving on the handlebars of his red monster as he made a mistake in the second lap, paving the way for the Frenchman. And even to the French, since Johann Zarco took advantage of his advantage in the straight line to briefly take the lead at the end of the straight line, before his compatriot responded immediately. And flies away, not to give Zarco any hope of taking advantage of his engine. From 1”7 at the end of the eighth lap, Quartararo’s lead passed the three-second mark six laps later.
Behind, Zarco retained his second place for a long time and maintained the hopes of a historic French double until the sixteenth lap, when he was passed by the KTM of Miguel Oliveira. During the next two laps, the Ducati Pramac rider was overtaken by the two Suzuki but the fall of Alex Rins (his fourth in six races), on the nineteenth lap, allowed him to finish in fourth place (best Ducati). and move up to second place in the championship. A miracle, since Zarco had been hit very violently from the rear by Bastianini during the setting in the grid, fortunately without too much damage to his Ducati.
Thanks to a third success in six races, Quartararo, who obviously dedicated his success of the day to the young Jason Dupasquier, takes off for the Championship. He is 24 points ahead of Zarco and 26 over Bagnaia. “At every turn, I thought of him. This victory is for him and also for my mother, since it’s Mother’s Day, ”commented the Yamaha rider.