The Frenchman celebrates his fourth victory of the year in Assen and already has a career on the sidelines as MotoGP leader

Fabio Quartararo celebrates his victory in Assen, this Sunday

When Marc Mrquez crashed into the asphalt of Jerez more than a year ago the MotoGP World Championship went into depression. For months, despite the fact that the races defeated the pandemic, no one shone, or even stood out, and a season closed without a pike. When will Marc come back? Was the question and the answer has not yet arrived. This 2021 the championship needed a new hero, someone who would generate fans, and among the covers of ‘L’Equipe’ he already has it: Fabio Quartararo. [Narracin y estadsticas]

The 22-year-old French still does not have the meditative influence of the Fantastic Five (Rossi, Stoner, Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Mrquez) and it is possible that he will never have it, but it is already clear that he is the reference. After his victory this Sunday in Assen, the title is in his hands; now you can only lose it.

By form and by substance there is no one at his level in the World Cup. On the Dutch circuit he did what he wanted, despite the fact that once again I had to deal with the top speed of the Ducati, the only argument against him all year. Shortly after departure, Francesco Bagnaia He took the lead and Quartararo needed five laps to pass him. Each overtaking of the French was answered by an acceleration of the Italian and so on until the final demarraje.

When he arrived, he no longer looked back. In two laps he opened a chasm behind him until he celebrated under the checkered flag. His fourth win of the season confirmed his course and exaggerated his lead as leader: he currently has 34 points over his compatriot Johann Zarco, 47 on Bagnaia and 55 on Joan Mir, the fourth and first Spanish.


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