The final weapon Quartararo has to save his crumbling MotoGP title hopes
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The final weapon Quartararo has to save his crumbling MotoGP title hopes

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OPINION: Fabio Quartararo has lost the MotoGP championship lead for the first time since the Portuguese GP after a third non-score in four races at the Australian GP, putting his title defence onto its last legs. In terms of machinery, he is no match for Ducati-mounted Francesco Bagnaia. But the Yamaha rider does have one last weapon in his arsenal that could turn the tide...

That Francesco Bagnaia leads the MotoGP world championship by 14 points with two rounds to go, having been 91 adrift after the 11th round in Germany, is as much a testament to the strength of the 2022 Ducati as it is to the failings of the Yamaha.

Quartararo has faced an uphill struggle since MotoGP came back from its summer break, scoring just one podium from the last seven races and 47 points relative to Bagnaia’s 127 - which came courtesy of his three wins and three other podiums in that same period.

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