Zarco, Bagnaia and Mir, second, third and fourth in the championship, have not won a single race and, in fact, only the Spaniard knows what it is to win in the queen category

Viales, Quartararo and Mir, on the podium.VINCENT JANNINKEFE

On the podium, a still man. Around him there were those who jumped, who shouted, who celebrated, who ran the cava, who bathed one another, but the party did not go with him. On top of the podium, Maverick Viales with a thousand devils anger. This time, at Assen, it was because at the start the clutch “was burned out” and that mechanical problem prevented him from fighting for victory. But the week before at the Sachsenring had been something else, and at Montmel, another, and at Mugello, another, and so on all season.

At the end of the ceremony, in fact, Viales himself admits that he is considering breaking his contract with Yamaha and leaving the brand and his situation, so and so strange, served as an example of what happens in MotoGP: nobody can discuss the World Championship with Fabio Quartararo. If your own teammate is mad at the world and has already given up the title, what can the rest of them do?

Yesterday, after his fourth victory of the season and expanding his leadership, the French were asked about his rivals and he did not know very well who to point to. “I think they are the Ducati riders, but we must be careful with Joan [Mir] Y… Miguel [Oliveira], yes, Miguel. What has Miguel done today? I must also be attentive to Miguel “, he said without even knowing that Oliveira had finished fifth and that he already accumulates 71 points behind him. Quartararo simply remembered all those who preceded him in the classification because, of all of them, there is no one That stands out. One fact sums it up: Johann Zarco, Francesco Bagnaia and Joan Mir, that is, second, third and fourth classified, have not yet won this season and, what’s more, only the Spaniard knows what it is to win in MotoGP.

A different time

“For me the most important thing is not the others, it is that I have changed a lot mentally compared to last year. A few months ago, if I had seen Maverick in front, I would have slowed down a bit, but now I know that it is time to win. At the moment, I am doing well in this championship “, summed up the Frenchman, proud of his maturity. In 2020, the season of the pandemic, it could already be champion, but it sank only dwarfed by pressure. Now he looks different: enjoy, laugh, and even joke around. He celebrated his victory in the Netherlands with a disastrous golf swing, parodying his limited ability with the sport.

Its growth is, in fact, the only good news for a World Cup in transition. From the times of Casey Stoner, Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa Y Jorge Lorenzo It should have passed into the era of Marc Mrquez’s dominance, but his accident in Jerez last year truncated everything. With a generation of talents too young and, above all, too hesitant, without the Gaul the risk of indifference would multiply.

Beyond the depression of Viales, the absence of a reference in Ducati or the limitation of Joan Mir due to Suzuki’s resources, the negative adaptation of Pol Espargar to the Honda or the constant drops of lex Rins. Both will have to contend with Quartararo, but they are not even among the top 10 of the contest, always far from the podiums. Only Mrquez’s physical recovery, increasingly uncertain, could add excitement to the season. Right now nobody can argue the World Cup with the French.


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