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Where it all went wrong for 2020's MotoGP title favourite
From a dream start to the year to a nightmare final few rounds, Fabio Quartararo has felt the extreme delight and pain fighting for a world title provides. But for Yamaha's protege turned superstar, the 2020 season has crumbled from promising foundations
Very little about 2020 has gone to form. MotoGP's wild start to its coronavirus-delayed campaign blew the doors wide open for the championship battle, after Marc Marquez broke his arm at the Spanish Grand Prix. But a double victory for Fabio Quartararo at Jerez teed him up for the title tilt all - including Marquez - thought was coming in 2020 after his sensational rookie campaign last year.
But, with just two rounds to go following Sunday's European Grand Prix, Quartararo's hopes lie in ruins after a lap one crash at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit and a maiden victory for Joan Mir opened up the gulf between the pair to 37 points.
Pol Espargaro’s switch to Honda for 2021 was one of MotoGP’s biggest rider market shocks. But a difficult bike coupled with various external factors led to a difficult first campaign. As a critical 2022 campaign for both Espargaro and Honda looms, his 2021 experience hasn’t dented his long-held resolve
Iker Lecuona’s absence from the 2022 MotoGP grid after losing his KTM ride will likely pass most onlookers by. But after just 30 race starts in a MotoGP move he was sucked into by circumstance, the World Superbike-bound 21-year-old's story should act as a warning to KTM - and MotoGP as a whole - in regards to its future stars
That Ducati will compete with eight prototypes in MotoGP this year is nothing new, having already done so between 2016 and 2018. But the involvement and coverage of the Borgo Panigale company in its alliances is now much greater than in past years, which could have the effect of unbalancing the premier class
Doubts were cast over Yamaha’s French recruit after his disastrous end to the 2020 MotoGP season with Petronas SRT, but Fabio Quartararo answered them convincingly in 2021 to claim a MotoGP title that exhibited both his devastating speed and mental strength
Motorcycle racing's greatest showman has left the stage, as Valentino Rossi calls time on his remarkable career on two wheels. But in his successors, all of whom were inspired by 'the Doctor', grand prix racing has vibrant new acts to keep us hooked
The 2021 MotoGP season may have only just ended but preparations for 2022 are well underway following a two-day test at Jerez this week. Ducati has hit the ground running while a lack of progress dominated Yamaha’s and world champion Fabio Quartararo’s test. While no battle lines have been drawn yet for 2022, it appears Ducati has already drawn first blood...
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