three-way title match timeline

Four rounds and constant suspense: the end of the MotoGP season promises to be epic, with a three-way match between Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia), which will start this weekend -end in Thailand. If the French, defending champion, had a comfortable lead, nothing has been going well since the start of the summer. Since his crash and retirement from the Dutch Grand Prix at the end of June, Quartararo has racked up 47 points in six Grands Prix. He had collected 172 of the first nine of the season.

At the same time, his main rival, Francesco Bagnaia, put on the gas to pick up 18 points from the leader. The Italian, quite irregular in the first part of the season, recovered perfectly from his two zero-point Grand Prix in Catalonia and Germany by winning 4 wins at 25 points in a row.

But Quartararo has the advantage of being the driver of the trio who did best last week in Japan, where he took 7 points, against 4 for Espargaro who finished 16th and 0 for Bagnaia who did not not finish the race due to a fall.

On Friday, Quartararo and Bagnaia distinguished themselves during free practice, each winning a second place in the two scheduled sessions. Aleix Espargaro seemed to be in more difficulty and complained of a lack of grip on his Aprilia motorcycle. But the misfortune of some is the happiness of others, even more so in this three-way duel which promises to be daunting…

Source: Le Progrès : info et actu nationale et régionale – Rhône, Loire, Ain, Haute-Loire et Jura | Le Progrès by

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