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How poor French GP confirmed Quartararo's favourite status
Fabio Quartararo was poised for victory at Le Mans after starting on pole - until a sudden downpour forced him into damage limitation mode. But with his main rivals also struggling, Lady Luck was merciful on the MotoGP championship leader
The 2020 MotoGP French Grand Prix was already a finely poised affair ahead of lights out. Eventual race winner Danilo Petrucci said after qualifying third that he expected a 10-rider podium battle as dry pace in FP4 on Saturday was incredibly close through the field.
But the general consensus was that if poleman Fabio Quartararo could get the holeshot and deploy the blistering race pace he displayed in practice on Saturday, it would be game over. However, if the Ducatis of Petrucci and Pramac's Jack Miller starting alongside could get the jump, then it was anyone's game.
Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year
MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact
Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy
Lightning hasn't struck twice for Maverick Vinales since 2017 and his wayward form of recent years makes predicting how he'll fare each MotoGP race weekend tricky. But fresh from his Qatar GP win, Vinales looks like an even more dangerous prospect for the Doha GP following an intriguing Friday practice.
OPINION: MotoGP is getting its own version of Drive to Survive on Amazon Prime at some point in the near future. It was news welcomed by the grid’s leading riders. And following the impact DTS has had on Formula 1, MotoGP desperately needs the same boost.
Maverick Vinales’s authoritative victory at the MotoGP season opener came during a period of personal and professional change for the Yamaha rider. Can it be the springboard for a title challenge?
OPINION: Jorge Lorenzo's status as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time is hard to dispute. But his constant social media spats with fellow riders and insistence on listing his achievements to his detractors are running the risk of tarnishing a legacy he worked hard to create.
It is over three-and-a-half years since the Italian national anthem rang out to declare a Valentino Rossi victory in MotoGP. To some onlookers his move out of the factory Yamaha squad meant the 2017 Dutch TT could remain his final win, but after an encouraging transition at Petronas SRT hope is far from lost
Miller says French GP retirement was "inevitable"
Marquez "agrees" with critics over 2020 MotoGP form