MotoGP, Quartararo en patron à Silverstone !

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Ce cinquième succès de l’année, combiné aux contre-performances de ses deux principaux adversaires, lui font gagner de très gros points au Championnat.

FABIO QUARTARARO, FRA, MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MotoGP, YAMAHA, P1. Pht. Michelin Motorsport

Un septième vainqueur en sept éditions

Les six précédentes épreuves disputées à Silverstone avaient été remportées par six vainqueurs différents. La question était de savoir si cette série pouvait continuer et la réponse est oui, puisque la victoire sera revenue à un certain Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP).

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Le Français, dont le rythme était bien supérieur à la concurrence, s’emparait à vrai dire des commandes dès le cinquième tour et ne sera plus jamais inquiété : un cinquième succès cette année, d’autant plus important que Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) et Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), tous deux pointés à 47 points avant cette manche, terminaient seulement neuvième et 14e !

ALEX RINS, SPA, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, SUZUKI, P2. Pht. Michelin Motorsport

Márquez et Martín prématurément éliminés

ALEIX ESPARGARO, SPA, APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, APRILIA, P3. Pht. Michelin Motorsport.

Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda Team), auteur de sa toute première pole sous les couleurs du HRC, avait pourtant signé un parfait envol, alors que le Niçois était dans un premier temps contraint de s’effacer face à Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) et Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team). Ces positions, ‘El Diablo’ allait malgré tout être en mesure de les récupérer rapidement, avant de s’attaquer à Pol Espargaró pour le gain du leadership.

JACK MILLER, AUS, DUCATI LENOVO TEAM, DUCATI, P4. Pht. Michelin Motorsport.

Pendant ce temps-là, un premier coup de théâtre survenait derrière avec l’accrochage entre Jorge Martín (Pramac Racing), qui restait sur deux podiums et Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Aucun d’eux ne verra l’arrivée.

Accrochage entre Jorge Martín (Pramac Racing) et Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Pht. MotoGP

Premier podium pour Aprilia en MotoGP™

Voyant que Fabio Quartararo commençait à mettre les voiles, Aleix Espargaró décidait alors de doubler son frère Pol et Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), remonté comme une balle, en fera autant quelques tours plus tard. Les trois hommes resteront en réalité roues dans roues tout au long du GP : un groupe emmené par Alex Rins, auquel se joindra dans les tous derniers moments un pilote en la personne de Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team).

POL ESPARGARO, SPA, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, HONDA, P5. Pht. Michelin Motorsport.

L’Australien ira jusqu’à attaquer Aleix Espargaró à quelques hectomètres du drapeau à damier. Pas vraiment du goût du Catalan, qui entendait bien offrir à Aprilia son tout premier podium sous l’ère MotoGP™. Lequel répliquait ainsi et la hiérarchie n’évoluera plus.

BRAD BINDER, RSA, RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING, KTM, P6. Pht. Michelin Motorsport.

Six marques différentes aux avant-postes

Fabio Quartararo s’illustrait finalement avec un avantage de 2.6 secondes sur Alex Rins, qui n’avait jamais aussi bien figuré cette année. Jack Miller devait pour sa part se contenter d’une quatrième place derrière Aleix Espargaró. Pol Espargaró et Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), parti 12e, héritaient quant à eux des cinquième et sixième rangs : ce qui nous donnait six marques différentes aux avant-postes. C’est bien simple, la dernière fois qu’un tel scénario s’était produit en catégorie reine, c’était lors du Grand Prix de Yougoslavie en 1972 !

IKER LECUONA, SPA, TECH3 KTM FACTORY RACING, KTM, P7. Pht. Michelin Motorsport

Iker Lecuona (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) aura pour sa part réalisé une course solide pour terminer septième. Alex Márquez (LCR Honda Castrol), Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) et Danilo Petrucci (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) complétaient le Top 10. Notre second tricolore Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) devait se contenter d’une 11e position.

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Classement Championnat ici

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FABIO QUARTARARO, FRA, le patron. Pht. Michelin Motorsport

Très grosse opération pour Quartararo

Au Championnat, Fabio Quartararo possède désormais une avance de 65 points sur Joan Mir, de 69 sur Johann Zarco, qui repasse troisième et de 70 sur Francesco Bagnaia. La prochaine course aura lieu dans deux semaines en Aragón.

ALEX RINS, SPA, P2 / FABIO QUARTARARO, FRA, P1 / ALEIX ESPARGARO, SPA, P3. Pht. Michelin Motorsport.

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Comme nous l’avons annoncé, dans un précèdent article sur la retraite sportive de Valentino Rossi, en respect au grand champion et jusqu’à la fin de la saison nous publions une photo de la légende. 26 ans de présence en GP moto – 14 titres de Champion du Monde – 115 victoires !

VALENTINO ROSSI, ITA, PETRONAS YAMAHA SRT. Pht. Michelin Motorsport

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Quartararo cruises to victory as Aprilia claim first podium

World Championship leader takes win number five of 2021 as Aleix Espargaro takes P3; six manufacturers finish in the top six at Silverstone

For the fifth time in 2021, Sunday belonged to Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) as the Frenchman claimed a comfortable victory at the Monster Energy British Grand Prix, a 25-point haul that sees his lead in the title race extend to 65 points. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) produced a cracking ride to earn his first podium of the year with a second place, as Aleix Espargaro hands Aprilia Racing Team Gresini a dream first MotoGP™ rostrum in third.

Quartararo brilliant in a historic British GP

Polesitter Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) got the launch he would have been looking for as the number 44 dived into Turn 1 as the race leader, with Quartararo grabbing P2 ahead of Franceso Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team). Pol Espargaro nailed the first sector but plenty of movement and drama would unfold behind, as Bagnaia – who had slipped to P4 – got two for the price of one at Stowe corner. There was contact at the same corner between Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing), as Aleix Espargaro grabbed P2 off Pecco.

Then, drama. Marc Marquez and Martin crashed after more contact at Turn 9, and both riders were out of the race on Lap 1 – riders ok. Bagnaia and Aleix Espargaro were busy scrapping for second on the opening lap, before the Aprilia ride made it stick at Brooklands. On Lap 2, Quartararo picked off Pecco for P3 at Turn 13, and on the next lap, Quartararo was past Aleix Esapargaro at Turn 14. Now, Pol Espargaro – the race leader – was being hunted and at the ferociously quick Turn 12, on Lap 5, Quartararo carved his way into the lead.

Immediately, the factory Yamaha star got the hammer down. Half a lap went by and the lead way stretched to 0.6s, as Quartararo set a 2:00.098 to pull out a 1.3s advantage at the beginning of Lap 7. Aleix Espargaro was back up to P2 and briefly dropping to P4, with Pecco making a mistake at Stowe to lose out to a pair of Team Suzuki Ecstar riders. Rins was charging and picked off Pol Espargaro to take P3, with reigning World Champion Joan Mir sitting P5.

At the halfway point, Quartararo was three seconds clear of Aleix Espargaro. The latter had Rins and Pol Espargaro for close company, with Mir a second off the fourth place Repsol Honda in P5. With nine laps to go, there was a change for P2. Aleix Espargaro ran wide at Stowe to allow Rins an easy pass into second place, but further down the road, second in the Championship Bagnaia was struggling. Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol) got the better of the Italian with eight to go, with Pecco now 8th.

The man to watch in the final seven laps was Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team). The Australian was a good half a second faster than Rins and the Espargaros ahead of him, and Miller took advantage of a Pol Espargaro mistake at Stowe to grab P4 with six laps remaining.

Three to go then, and it was as you were: Quartararo charging towards the 25 points, with Rins leading Aleix Espargaro and Miller. Pol Espargaro was now 1.9s away from the podium fight, with older brother Aleix still holding onto that dream first podium with Aprilia.

Last lap time. Quartararo was 3.4s up the road with Rins, Aleix Espargaro and Miller split by less than a second. Through the opening two sectors, it was as you were. Miller then dived up the inside at Turn 13, but he was slightly wide. Miller had the inside line though for Turn 14 but the tight entry allowed Aleix Espargaro to get the cutback heading onto the Wellington Straight. Going defensive, Aleix Espargaro was able to fend off Miller’s late attack and after Quartararo and Rins had taken the chequered flag, Aleix Espargaro claimed P3 for Aprilia’s first podium.

 

Quartararo was dominant for his fifth victory of 2021, a huge day for the Frenchman and his title aspirations. Rins produced a wonderful race to earn P2 from P10 on the grid – his first rostrum of the year, with Miller just missing out on a return to the podium by 0.149s. The Australian was by far the quickest Ducati on Sunday afternoon at Silverstone.

A troublesome day for Quartararo’s main title rivals

Pol Espargaro didn’t quite have the pace to stick with the podium fight in the latter stages of the race but nevertheless, it’s the Spaniard’s best result with Honda. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) made great progress in the second half of the British GP to take P6, making it a magnificent six manufacturers in the top six – the first time ever that’s happened in MotoGP™. After picking up a MotoGP™-best result in Austria last time out, Iker Lecuona (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) claimed a fantastic P7 to continue his recent good run of form. The Spaniard was able to get the better of compatriot Alex Marquez, the double World Champion finished P8 ahead of Mir in ninth.

It was a difficult day for the number 36, both he and Pecco selected the soft front tyre and it seems like it could have been the wrong decision. Mir is now second in the title race, but the gap to Quartararo is 65 points. Danilo Petrucci (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) bagged a morale boosting top 10, the Italian beat Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) by 0.052s, the Frenchman taking a quiet and disappointing P11 away from Silverstone.

Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) grabbed P12 with under the weather Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) taking P13, 2.6s ahead of Bagnaia. The soft front tyre option selected looks to have ruined Pecco’s Sunday at the British GP, 14th certainly no where near what he and Ducati would have been aiming for. Luca Marini (SKY VR46 Avintia) picked up the final point in P15.

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) – still struggling with his injury from Styria – took P16, a second clear of 17th place and home hero Cal Crutchlow (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Valentino Rossi’s final British GP ended with a P18 finish, The Doctor slipping back down the order after a good start, with Britain’s Jake Dixon (Petronas Yamaha SRT) finishing his first MotoGP™ race in P19.

It’s a significant blow to Quartararo’s title challengers at Silverstone. El Diablo takes a 65-point lead into MotorLand Aragon and is riding the crest of a wave in 2021. Can he be stopped ?