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What did the first stage of the Motorcycle World Championship leave us?

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What did the first stage of the Motorcycle World Championship leave us?


This coming weekend the Motorcycle World Championship returns to action, after a holiday break of almost a month and with all the championships still to be decided and with Spanish options in all of them. We take advantage of this return to Silverstone to review the highlights of the first part of the season.

1. Fabio Quartararo, Sergio García Dols and Celestino Vietti, leaders. After competing in eleven Grand Prix, these three riders are the respective top finishers in MotoGP, Moto3 and Moto2, although the Italian is tied on points with Augusto Fernández. The Frenchman leads Aleix Espargaró by 21 points and the man from Castellón by three over his compatriot and teammate Izan Guevara

2. Fabio Quartararo, the most 'regular' in MotoGP. The current world champion in the 'queen' category leads thanks to his regularity. The Frenchman has only won three of the eleven Grands Prix (Portugal, Catalonia and Germany) and has been on the podium six times in total, but except for Assen, he has made no mistakes.

3. Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastiani, the others to repeat victory. Together with the 'Devil', the two Italian riders, riding Ducatis, are not only the only ones to repeat the first step of the podium but they have achieved the same victories as the Yamaha rider, three, although it has not been of much use to them at the moment since they are 66 and 67 points respectively from the champion.

4. Aleix Espargaró breaks a personal and Aprilia barrier. The Italian factory had never won a MotoGP race and made history at the Argentine circuit of Termas de Río Hondo thanks to the Spanish rider, who also finally opened his record of victories in a World Championship where he made his debut in 2004.

5. A monumental mistake. The man from Granollers has also been an accidental protagonist due to the mistake he suffered at the Catalan Grand Prix, when he celebrated his second place when there was still one lap left. He was finally fifth, but he missed valuable points that seemed fixed and that could be key in his fight with Quartararo.

6. Another year without Marc Márquez. The Spanish rider, eight times world champion, will not be able to complete the World Cup this year either. After the Italian Grand Prix at the end of May, he decided to undergo surgery for the fourth time to solve his right arm problems caused by his crash in Jerez in 2020. Despite not scoring in five races, the Catalan is the best Honda in the championship with 60 points.

7. Surprise goodbye from Suzuki. The Hamamatsu factory, champion in 2020 with the Spanish Joan Mir, unexpectedly announced that it will leave the World Cup at the end of this season. His other rider, Alex Rins, has already found a team in Honda's LCR and it remains to be seen where the Spaniard will finish.

8. Quartararo, Fernández and Guevara, the only ones to chain victories. These three drivers, one from each category, have been the only ones capable of stringing together consecutive victories, two in all cases. The French and the Balearic did it at Montmeló and Sachsenring, while the Madrid rider achieved it at the Sachsenring and Assen.

9. Spain and Italy, dominators in victories. The two countries are showing their strength in this sport and have a total of 13 and wins each. García Dols (3), Guevara (3), Augusto Fernández (3), Jaume Masiá (2), Aleix Espargaró (1) and Pedro Acosta (1) are the ones who have given victories to national motorcycling, and Bastianini (3), Bagnaia (3), Vietti (3), Tony Arbolino (1) and Dennis Foggia (1), to Italian.

10. Spanish triplets. Spain has managed to win the podium twice. Aleix Espargaró, Alex Rins and Jorge Martín did it in Argentina in MotoGP, and Izán Guevara, Sergio García Dols and Jaume Masiá in Jerez in Moto3.

11. Aleix Espargaró and Deniz Oncu, without fail. The Spanish rider and the Turkish rider, who competes in Moto3, can boast of being the only ones on the entire World Championship grid who have been able to score a point in all the Grand Prix so far.

12. The kings of Saturday. As for the drivers who have dominated qualifying, 'Pecco' Bagnaia is the leader, with four 'poles', while Guevara and Vietti have added three each.

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