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MotoGP in Japan: good operation for Fabio Quartararo, victory for Jack Miller

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It’s not a victory, or even a podium. But this eighth place for Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), Sunday September 25, during the MotoGP Grand Prix of Motegi (Japan), could count at the end of the season. Not in the game to play for the first places, the French driver, reigning world champion, had the merit of finishing the race in the points, something that his two main rivals failed to do. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) retired, while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) finished sixteenth.

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Far ahead of Fabio Quartararo, the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) signed the perfect race. Starting seventh, he overtook the drivers in front of him one after the other to take the lead and never leave it. He finished ahead of South African Brad Binder (KTM) and Spaniard Jorge Martin (Ducati-Pramac), while the other Tricolor, Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac), finished eleventh. However, he started from second place.

Francesco Bagnaia’s mistake

Apart from the comeback of Jack Miller, the race was quite calm in Japan. But a reversal of the situation animated the end of the Grand Prix. Returning just behind Quartararo, Bagnaia tried to overtake the Frenchman on the last lap to continue to catch up in the world championship standings, he who had won four of the last five races so far. A risk that he finally paid dearly for: leaving the track, he left the circuit on foot, applauding himself ironically.

Third in the world rankings, Aleix Espargaro experienced a mechanical problem from the first meters of the Grand Prix, forcing him to go through the pits and gave up all ambition for this event. The misfortunes of his adversaries thus make Quartararo’s business. The French driver now has a total of 219 points in the championship standings, 18 more than Bagnaia and 25 than Espargaro (a victory is worth 25 points) with four races remaining this season. The next will take place on Sunday, October 2, in Thailand.