Francesco Bagnaia on pole ahead of Fabio Quartararo in the US, the dream scenario for the title race

Marc Marquez is no longer undefeated in the playoffs in Austin. The former MotoGP manager could not help but see his decline this season and the rise of a new generation. The distance fight for the world title between Frenchman Fabio Quartararo and Francesco Bagnaia ended with a beautiful duel that the Italian won on Saturday 2 October.

The Ducati rider will start from pole position at the Grand Prix of the Americas, his third in a row. Right behind him, Quartararo fought to snatch second place in the starting grid. Another Frenchman, Johann Zarco, will start from the second grade in the sixth grade. Marquez completes the top three in the playoffs.

Not in the best shape since the start of the weekend, Fabio Quartararo has succeeded in key things: keeping the pressure on his main opponent to crown the world. Unexpected in such a good party, Pecco Bagnaia pulled off an almost perfect lap, holding more than three-tenths of the rest of the pack. On a Ducati, a cross-alpine rider confirmed his Ducati’s good performance on Saturday, after the best times during his teammate Jack Miller’s day free practice. But Quartararo did better than defend himself, despite a determination that has not stopped showing its flaws since the start of the weekend.

By choosing to go alone before the rest of the peloton on his last attempt, the Frenchman made the right choice by not offering his ambition to compete. His role allowed him to stir up politeness towards Marc Marquez, who will be starting from the front row for the first time this season. Above all, his position as a hunter provides him with a form of protection, it is he who is significantly ahead in the order of pilots. “It was hard, I couldn’t do much better, was interacting with the microphone Canal +. We can’t do this move with the bike, but I’m glad, we were really at the limit.

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It is now up to him to get off the ground – not his strong point this season – on Sunday in a straight climb at the Circuit of the Americas and press his opponent from the first corner. Bagnaia had no choice anyway. The winner of the last two Prix knows he has to get as much advantage as possible by the end of the season and is hoping for Quartararo’s mistakes to make up for his spending on 48 standings. The scene couldn’t be better.

At the back, Jorge Martin (Ducati) and Takaaki Nakagami (Honda) raised their heads by signing the fourth and fifth qualifiers, ahead of Johann Zarco, who will have a good shot on Sunday to get off a bad pass (9 points). collected only in four races). Suzuki Alex Rains and defending champion Joanne Mir are faithful to their season, trailing them in the third row.

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