Tears of joy Fabio Quartararo, new MotoGP world champion. The first Frenchman to achieve such a feat, at only 22 years old. The Niçois was able to exult in Misano, where a red carpet unfolded under his feet, his last step towards the golden helmet, synonymous with world crowning. Of a triumph announced and acted from his first chance, in Emilia-Romagna, where everything led to believe that this consecration would be postponed.
However, Francesco Bagnaia made a disastrous appearance. Scratching hair that had become a menacing dolphin, the Italian was the only one who could push back the gap. Undisputed leader for 20 laps in Misano, where he won a month ago, the Ducati rider fell under heavy pressure from Marc Marquez, who took advantage to sign his third victory of the season, his second in a row after the GP of the Americas. The eight-time world champion wins over compatriot and partner Pol Espargaro (Honda) and Enea Bastianini (Avintia), who deprived Quartararo of a podium in the final lap (4th).
Valentino Rossi’s retirement day
But the essential was elsewhere for “El Diablo”, greeted at the end of the race by the former Spanish monarch: “I want to congratulate Fabio Quartararo, he deserves it after having provided such work during the year.” A hug in the form of transfer of power to the French, who is experiencing his day of glory the very day another former master, Valentino Rossi, said his farewell in front of his audience by entering the points (10th). A fantastic comeback from last place which is reminiscent of Quartararo’s, 4th after starting 15th on the grid. If the Niçois obviously benefited from the circumstances of this emotional race, his title owes nothing to anyone. And it would be a shame not to underline it …