Whether The Marseillaise sounded in honor of the winner, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), on the podium of the German Grand Prix on Sunday June 19, his compatriot Johann Zarco (Ducati Pramac) was also able to sing it with a smile, while two flags tricolors floated in the German sky. After the fall of the Italian Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), the two Frenchmen flew over the race on the Sachsenring circuit to offer themselves a double tricolor, the second of the season, ahead of Jack Miller (Ducati) third.
In the heat of eastern Germany, Fabio Quartararo, starting from second on the grid, had the best start on Sunday. “El Diablo” took the lead from the first corner in front of Pecco Bagnaia, despite an attempt to come back from the Italian, and retained first place until the finish line without making the slightest mistake.
Johann Zarco catchy
Behind him, Johann Zarco, a time third behind Bagnaia, quickly approached the Ducati rider from the first laps of the race. And under pressure, the Italian made a mistake and fell, leaving the field open to the French. Hit from the start in Barcelona during the last Grand Prix, Pecco Bagnaia saw his chances of aiming for the title of world champion go a little further away.
The two Frenchmen, leading the race, then took off and the strategy of starting with Quartararo’s medium rear tire paid off since his rubber did not deteriorate and the reigning world champion managed to maintain his lead. . “I tried to stay close to Fabio and with his medium tire I thought I could get closer, but I secured my second place”analyzed Zarco, exhausted, at the end of the race.
“El Diablo” thus offers itself a third victory this season after its successes in Portugal and Spain. He consolidates his first place in the drivers’ classification with a thirty-four point lead over Aleix Espargaro, and does not intend to stop there: “I’m not going to manage this lead, I’m here to win race after race”, he said at the microphone of Canal +. Johann Zarco took advantage of his fine performance to climb to third place.