Monday, August 24, 2020 – 10:51
Oliveira won in Austria and became the first Portuguese to achieve a victory in the MotoGP category
Maverick Viales pulls the bike on the straight at 210 km / h because the brakes were not working
Marc Mrquez’s withdrawal has left a void in the MotoGP World Championship that nobody has been able to fill so far. No pilot can command a hammer blow like Cervera’s, but neither do the candidates take a step forward. Neither Quartararo, nor Dovizioso, nor Viales, nor any of those who enter the most open pool in recent years. Without its great dominator, the World Cup has been left without an owner.
With five races contested, Fabio Quartararo is leader with only 70 points. If the season ended like this, it would be the worst average for a champion since the current scoring system was introduced in 1993. So far, the ‘record’ is in the hands of Nicky Hayden, who won in 2006 with 252 points (14.8 per race). Between the first and seventh classified there is only a gap of 25 points, the button of a victory.
But what’s more, in just five races, 11 different drivers have already been on the podium, more than at any other start to the season. No driver has managed to get into the box in more than two races and, of the top 10 finishers, only three have managed to finish them all. Between falls, accidents, errors and mechanical failures, the World Cup is a hubbub from which no one can get a cut.
Starting with your own Quartararo. After the grand finale of last year, the first in the queen category, and the two victories with which he opened the season in Jerez, eyes turned to the French, but the ‘Diablo’ has punctured in the last three races. In the Czech Republic he disappointed on Sunday after dominating the weekend, and in the two Austrian rounds he has made mistakes that have taken him for a walk on the gravel. Had it not been for the red flags, the ‘failure’ could have been greater.
On the way to the pits, the Frenchman seemed to ask Valentino Rossi if his Yamaha brakes were also failing. It was the technical problem that hurt him in this Grand Prix and the one that forced Maverick Viales to jump off the bike at almost 230 km / hour to avoid crashing in turn 1. The one from Figueras is another one that could slip through that gap that Mrquez left open, but after two second places in Jerez, he has not returned. to pass from the tenth square.
Jack Miller’s Annoyances
Nor is it imposed Andrea Dovizioso, runner-up in the last three World Cups … And also second this season. The Italian does not finish starting, after the victory in Austria -just in the week in which he confirmed his departure from Ducati- he finished fifth in a Styrian Grand Prix where the tires did not stop giving him problems. Even so, he holds only three points behind Quartararo before returning home for the next two races at Misano.
Jack Miller He pokes his head out, although his right arm still has discomfort. lex Rins, fourth in 2019, has not yet managed to get on the podium. Joan Mir alternate two retirements with three finishes in the top five. Morbidelli, a second place with two other retirements. The forecasts are not worth this course.
Deca Miguel Oliveira, the surprise winner of this Sunday, that “once Mrquez was out, everyone felt that he could win races or championships. At least it is the feeling that floats in the environment.” Such has been the domain of Catalan. The Portuguese, who won by taking advantage of a Jack Miller and Pol Espargar At the last corner, he serves as an example for this unpredictable year: of the four drivers who have won one of the five races, only Dovizioso knew what it was like to win this season. Both Oliveira and Quartararo and Brad Binder have released their palmars in 2020. A season that, without Marc Mrquez, has been left without an owner.
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