How Quartararo plans to bounce back from 2020 MotoGP struggles
Pre-season MotoGP title favourite Fabio Quartararo's 2020 season unravelled spectacularly owing to a wildly inconsistent Yamaha. No stranger to tough times, he has already begun his fightback ahead of his move to the factory team in 2021
It is a fact of life that generally nothing ever works out the way it should. Fabio Quartararo pulled up trees in his 2019 MotoGP debut season, romping to seven podiums and six poles to strike some genuine concern within reigning world champion Marc Marquez for 2020.
And when the Honda rider broke his arm in a crash at the Spanish Grand Prix back in July, ultimately ruling him out for the rest of the season and possibly a further six months from the point of writing following a third operation, few thought anyone other than Quartararo would take over his throne.
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Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix
Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets
Fabio Quartararo is on a roll in 2021, having stormed to victory at a venue where he last year served up one of his worst races. Contrasting Portuguese GPs for Yamaha’s factory duo make it hard to understand just how good its 2021 MotoGP bike is, but the Portimao weekend has revealed one key improvement compared to 2020
Even by Marc Marquez’s own high standards, his MotoGP comeback on Friday at the Portuguese Grand Prix will be considered a success even if he didn’t top the times. But having shown competitive pace on his first day back, both Marquez and his rivals know plenty more challenges are to come
Pol Espargaro’s first results as a Honda MotoGP rider may not appear special. But dig a little deeper and a clearer picture of his performance emerges. And, as Lewis Duncan writes, it’s cause for celebration at Honda with the return of Marc Marquez set to provide Espargaro with the reference he has been missing so far this year
MotoGP’s 2021 rookie crop is one of the strongest in recent years, but one is already standing out. Jorge Martin’s Doha GP heroics have courted many to compare him to numerous MotoGP legends. Autosport spoke to Pramac boss Francesco Guidotti to find out why MotoGP’s latest Spanish star is already making such an impact
Despite Suzuki’s decision not to appeal against Race Direction’s refusal to penalise Jack Miller following the incident with Joan Mir in Losail, something must be done to avoid a repeat of such an incident, which could have easily ended in tragedy
MotoGP champion Marquez "seeing the positives" after third operation
First ever VR46 MotoGP bike livery revealed for Marini in 2021