MotoGP: Zarco, on pole in Great Britain, dreams of his first victory

MotoGP: Zarco, on pole in Great Britain, dreams of his first victory

What if the 8th was the right one? For the 8th time in his career, Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac) will start at the top of a Grand Prix, this time in Great Britain on Sunday, and dreams of finally securing his first MotoGP victory.

With the way, the Silverstone circuit record at the key, Zarco took pole. He will start on Sunday (14:00 French time) ahead of the Spaniard Maverick Vinales (Aprilia) and the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati).

Before this 12th round out of 20, Zarco is 3rd in the championship, 58 points behind his compatriot Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), who will start 4th on the grid.

We will then find in the second row the Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), 4th in the championship, and the Spaniard Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), 2nd, 21 points behind the Frenchman.

This is the second time this season that Zarco has set the fastest qualifying time, the 8th pole position in six seasons in the queen category for the 32-year-old from Cannes.

A real rocket. On his Ducati, in 1 min 57 sec and 767/1000th, he smashed the old circuit record held by Marc Marquez (1:58.168) – the Spaniard still recovering after his new arm operation.

One of the most experienced riders in the discipline, Zarco is still looking for his first victory in the elite of motorcycle speed.

With already four podiums in 2022 and four in 2021, the two-time world champion in the Moto2 category (2015, 2016) is approaching it… and yet, his 13th place in the Netherlands at the end of June shows him how far he still has to go.

Since then, he has been able to recharge his batteries and especially perfect his preparation during the five-week summer break.

– The Espargaro warrior –

He will first have to be wary of himself on Sunday to avoid the fall, having fallen twice already since the first free practice on Friday.

It will also be necessary to keep the armada of competitors in its exhausts.

Quartararo, winner here last year on the road to his first world title, could threaten him from the start. The title holder wants to bounce back after his two falls and his retirement in Assen, the first this season for him.

Sanctioned for having, in the Netherlands, hit Aleix Espargaro, “Quarta” will have to perform a “long lap” penalty, a detour to be taken once during the first three laps.

The Yamaha rider has practiced taking this long turn several times, so that in the race, this penalty is as painless as possible. If he will inevitably lose time, he will also have to take care of his return to the normal trajectory without crossing an opponent.

Especially since his runner-up in the Espargaro championship could still be around, since he starts in 6th place.

We will have to see how the Spaniard recovers, who suffered a heavy fall just before qualifying in the fourth practice session.

Espargaro was thrown off his motorcycle while hovering in a fast turn. Evacuated on a stretcher, the 33-year-old driver got up, obviously ringing, to reach the circuit’s medical center, limping and supported by two people.

Despite this impressive high-speed “high-side”, he was declared fit to continue. Like a warrior, he put on the helmet again, the leather, to go back to battle. First in the hard, he then set the provisional fastest time, making the audience stand up, before seeing his time beaten.

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