47 points ahead to manage with still seven races to run, one of which will be in Portimao where he has already dominated and with a double at Misano, a track certainly suitable for the Yamaha M1: Fabio Quartararo almost unscathed from the double in Austria at the Red Bull Ring, bringing the advantage over second in the standings from 40 to 47 points. On the eve of the Styrian Grand Prix El Diablo had Johann Zarco behind him, now in second position there is a couple formed by Francesco Bagnaia and Joan Mir. The Ducati rider has been fast throughout the season, coming close to his first career success on several occasions without ever succeeding. The reigning champion is also short of victories, but now that Suzuki is finally equipped with the rear lowering device, Mir could finally have a vehicle up to par to try to defend the world championship crown.
Already last year Fabio Quartararo seemed to be heading towards winning the title after the first two races in Jerez, but then something got stuck making the 1999 class enter a tunnel in which the victory in Barcelona was not enough to find the ‘exit. The Frenchman, however, seems to have sufficiently metabolized the disappointment of 2020 and has shown on several occasions this season that he has a ‘World Cup’ head. “The main rival for the title I think I am myself towards me”, Quartararo admitted. El Diablo, looking over his shoulder in the standings, also indicated which rider is the most dangerous from his point of view. “Mir is strong“, the words of the standard bearer of the official Yamaha team, who decided to bet everything on the transalpine talent both in terms of development of the M1 and of internal politics. The Iwata house hasn’t won the MotoGP title since 2015 when Jorge Lorenzo won the tug-of-war against Valentino Rossi. After the Marquez era and Mir’s coup, the Diablo era could open up.