The 2021 MotoGP season speaks French. After 10 races so far, and with the 11th at the gates in the encore of the Red Bull Ring, the first two places of the world championship standings are in fact two transalpine riders. In the head there is Fabio Quartararo, great favorite for the title, and behind him the compatriot Johann Zarco. The Yamaha rider can boast a 40-point margin over the Pramac team ducatista. With eight Grands Prix still to be disputed, however, there would be the possibility for Zarco to attempt what would be a sensational comeback. However, a serious problem for the Ducati rider.
The third last GP of the season is scheduled for next 24 October, at the Malaysian circuit of Kuala Lumpur. In that country, currently, entry is forbidden to those who have not carried out the vaccine against Covid-19. Here, however, the complications arise. Zarco in fact – as reported by the German site Speedweek – has always declared himself opposed to vaccination against Coronavirus and is still unvaccinated. The Cannes native had refused Pfizer vaccines at the beginning of the racing season, offered to all members of the paddock by the Qatari government and which had led to the immunization of most of the components of the MotoGP ‘bubble’.
For privacy reasons, Dorna does not have a list of who is vaccinated or not. However, Zarco has never hidden his aversion to vaccination. The Pramac pilot could therefore not be granted permission to enter the country. However, it remains to be seen whether the Malaysian race will actually be held. The sport minister of that country has in fact insisted that all members of the paddock go into quarantine for 10 days after their entry into the borders. Dorna and IRTA would be against this solution. However, they could accept a compromise, such as having all the teams stay in a few selected hotels, with no possibility of going out except to reach the track. A similar system was adopted at the beginning of the championship, precisely in Doha.