The story of an unexpected World Cup that multiplies Marc Márquez's hope

The story of an unexpected World Cup that multiplies Marc Márquez's hope

Binder, Morbidelli and Zarco, three unexpected actors, show that the World Cup has no dominator and that the Spanish can still win it

The story of an unexpected World Cup that multiplies Marc Márquez's hope

Brad Binder (Potchefstroom, 1995) was born with a destiny: he had to be a MotoGP rider. His father Trevor's frustrated dream was to run the World Cup and, when he succeeded as a mining entrepreneur in South Africa, he decided to invest everything necessary to fulfill it through his first-born son. In the end they were, in his words, “indecent amounts of money.” At the age of five, Brad already had a full garage and at 11 he was already living with his mother in Spain, where he only trained and competed. With his father as a sponsor, he reached the championship, captivated KTM, was Moto3 champion in 2016, second in Moto2 last year and now he's making his MotoGP debut.

Franco Morbidelli (Rome, 1994) lived a similar story, although more tragic. His father Livio , who was the 125cc Italian champion, also wanted him to be a pilot and also did everything possible to achieve it: he even sold his house in Rome and moved to Tavullia for that purpose. The problem is that he didn't have that much money. And when Franco wanted to attend the Spanish Speed Championship (CEV), his father could not finance it. At that time, Livio committed suicide. And Valentino Rossi appeared as Franco's second father, opened his VR46 Riders Academy with him and took him to the Moto2 World Championship, a category he won in 2017.

Johann Zarco (Cannes, 1990) is, with them as an example, a rarity. His parents weren't motor racing enthusiasts, so when he was 17, he grabbed his things, his scooter, and left Cannes for Avignon to put himself in the hands of Laurent Fellon , a former skydiver who would become his coach and manager. He went through several formulas, competed in Hungary thanks to Gabor Talmacsi and, in the end, with Fellon mortgaging his own house to finance him, he appeared in the World Championship, where he would take the Moto2 title in 2015 and 2016. Last year he had a contract with KTM in MotoGP and decided to just break it, uncomfortable with the bike.

The three, so sudden, so unexpected, were the occupants of the podium yesterday in Brno, first, second and third, in a race that showed that the current MotoGP World Championship has no owner and that, if he returns healthy, Marc Márquez can recover it to your craving. Morbidelli escaped, Binder caught him to leave and, behind, Zarco was left alone with the only threat from Álex Rins , who had recently undergone a shoulder surgery. The race did not offer more protagonists, it did not offer more spectacle – if perhaps an unfair sanction that Zarco had to comply with for a touch with Pol Espargaró – while the supposed contenders for the title paled.

The void left by Márquez with his mistakes at Jerez was supposed to be filled by three drivers: the young Fabio Quartararo , the eternal candidate Maverick Viñales and the three-time runner-up Andrea Dovizioso . But none of the three seems in a position to dominate the championship as the Honda leader did. In Brno all three complained about their tires and the poor condition of the asphalt and, at the same time, all three missed an opportunity to increase their income in the general classification. Quartararo chased after Binder and Morbidelli, but soon gave up and finished seventh; Dovizioso again argued with his Ducati and finished eleventh; and Viñales experienced a disaster from which he only came out with a fourteenth place.

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