Nobody wants this MotoGP World Championship: rookie Brad Binder wins

Nobody wants this MotoGP World Championship: rookie Brad Binder wins

Without Quartararo, Dovizioso or Viñales in the fight for the win, three unexpected riders sneak onto the podium in Brno.

Nobody wants this MotoGP World Championship: rookie Brad Binder wins

In the absence of a show on the asphalt, the broadcasts of the MotoGP World Championship demand a new camera: a shot of Marc Márquez from his home. In these three August races that he is supposed to lose, seeing the reigning champion despair on his couch would be one of the few things that would give meaning to a championship that has lost its referents, that has gone mad, that has become a battle between rookies and secondary. Considering what has been seen, if Márquez had not all the mistakes he made at the Jerez circuit, he could have celebrated his seventh title sooner than ever, in October, in September, who knows. Right now, even from home, he has no rivals and that is why no one dares to say that, even if he misses five races of the 15 scheduled, he no longer has a chance to win. If he returns healthy, he will be a candidate again because no one is going to stop him.

In Brno this Sunday it became clear. The excellence of Fabio Quartararo in the two tests at Jerez was diluted, the opportunity is becoming toxic for Maverick Viñales and Andrea Dovizioso has already given up the season. None of the three supposed adversaries of Márquez finished this Sunday in the top six and that is why the discussion had unexpected, very unexpected actors.

The winner, for example, was a rookie, South African Brad Binder , on a KTM, a brand that celebrated its first victory in its history on Sunday. Despite starting from the third row, the South African, Moto3 champion in 2016 and Álex Márquez's rival in Moto2 last year, was the fastest on the track, soon hunting down the escaped Franco Morbidelli and leaving alone for a strange victory. . After being thirteenth in the first round at Jerez and crashing in the second, Binder climbed to the top of the podium ahead of Morbidelli himself, on his first MotoGP podium. Johann Zarco accompanied them at the party despite racing with the Ducati last year and despite having to serve an unfair penalty for a touch with Pol Espargaró . The Frenchman endured, endured and endured and found a prize in the few threats that appeared from behind because the one who most discussed the position was Alex Rins , a pilot who broke his shoulder in Jerez and who continues to limp.

All the so-called favorites disappointed, all with complaints about the Brno tarmac and Michelin-designed tires. Quartararo tried to chase Binder and Morbidelli, but several scares discouraged the tactic and he finished seventh in the end. Dovizioso kept up the discussion with his own Ducati and finished 11th ahead of his teammate, Danilo Petrucci . And Viñales fell, fell and fell in the standings, again bothered by his rear rubber, and only saved two points as fourteenth. None of the three was able to offer the spectacle that was expected with the absence of Marc Márquez. Without him, the broadcasts of the MotoGP World Championship demand a new camera: a shot of him from his home.

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