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French MotoGP Grand Prix, this Sunday (2 p.m.) at Le Mans

The official Ducatis hit hard on Saturday at the Bugatti circuit in Le Mans! Winner of the last Grand Prix in Jérez, Pecco Bagnaia will start from pole position this Sunday, just ahead of his teammate Jack Miller. Placed in the second row, ?Fabio Quartararo (4th) is not so far away. Penalized three places on the grid for having hindered Pol Espargaro, Johann Zarco, also a Ducati rider, in the Pramac satellite team, will start from further away. But both will have to deal with the firepower of the Italian brand. “On one lap, the Ducatis are untouchable, you have to be clear, concedes, a bit fatalistic, Fabio Quartararo. But nothing is lost, I think we have the rhythm to play for the win. »

“It’s like a curse”

For many years, however, the scoumoune seems to pursue the French during their national Grand Prix. To find traces of a tricolor victory in France, you have to go back ten years, when Louis Rossi won in Moto3. Fabio Quartararo was 13 years old! Before that, there was 1982. That year, on the Nogaro circuit, Jean-Claude Selini had finished first in 125 cc, Jean-Louis Tournadre also in 250 cc, and Jean-François Baldé in 350 cc, while many foreign pilots had gone on strike to protest against the safety conditions around their discipline!

And to find traces of a victory in the premier category, you have to go back even further. Much further. In the 1950s, when Pierre Monneret won in Reims in 1954, then Jacques Collot in Pau in 1958. Since then, La Marseillaise has not sounded. Sixty-four years of waiting, ongoing series!

Since ? Podiums, like that of Johann Zarco, second in 2017, or Christian Sarron, second in 1988. Disappointments, above all. This same Johann Zarco, who had taken pole position in 2018 in MotoGP, had fallen in the race the next day. “A cockerel mistake, remembers his boss at the time in the Tech3 team, Hervé Poncharal. There is like a curse for the French on the Grand Prix de France. Christian Sarron had also almost won in 1985 at Le Mans, in 250cc, but he fell in the same place as Johann, in the bend of the Green Garage”.

Unlucky Quartararo in 2021

Not spared either, Fabio Quartararo also took pole last year. This time, it was the sky that was responsible for showering his hopes. The rain had come to the Bugatti circuit and the Niçois, then uncomfortable in wet conditions, had taken third place, but could not fight for the win, left to Jack Miller in front of another Frenchman , Johann Zarco. After the great weather of this beginning of the weekend, the storm could also invite itself in the Sarthe this Sunday afternoon.

A real opportunity for the French, especially for Zarco, one of the best, with Miller, in the wet. “In the dry, Bagnaia made a good step forward and Fabio is still very strong. Beating them on a regular basis is hard to imagine. A small change in conditions could make it possible to play something extra, ”observes the Avignonnais. Will the wait end on Sunday? Response shortly before 3 p.m.

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