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MotoGP: Men Who Have Shined At The Halfway Mark

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The 2021 MotoGP has kept everyone on the edge of their seat. Heading into the summer break, Fabio Quartararo and Yamaha hold a commanding lead in the World Championship, but with ten races remaining, things are far from over. Let’s have a look at the riders who have shined in the first half of the 2021 MotoGP season:



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After nine races in the first half of the season, Fabio Quartararo finds himself at the top of the leaderboard with a thirty-four point gap to fellow countryman Johann Zarco. Quartararo is having one of his best seasons in MotoGP having won four races and finishing on the podium six times, with an outstanding victory at the Mugello circuit . The only three times he failed to get on the podium were at the Qatar, Spain, and the Catalunya GP where the rider failed to manage his tires and dropped down the pack finishing P15, P13, and P6 respectively. The rider also created history when he managed to get five consecutive pole positions.



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This season looks very promising for Johann Zarco, as he finds himself in the second spot with 122 points. The Ducati rider has a total of four podium finishes, finishing in 2nd on all four occasions. Apart from finishing on the podium, the Pramac Ducati rider has not finished a race outside the top ten apart from his DNF at the Portuguese Grand Prix. Johann Zarco left everyone surprised when he stopped Marc Marquez from starting on pole in the German Grand Prix.



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After finishing 9th in the first two races and then a DNF in the third, Jack Miller has fought his way back up to the top and currently sees himself in the fifth position on the points table. In MotoGP, back-to-back race wins are not common these days, but Miller did it quite easily when he won the Spanish and the French Grand Prix back-to-back. Since then, he has finished 6th twice and secured his third podium finish at the Catalunya GP, but his season break ended with a crash at the Dutch Grand Prix where he fell off his bike with just 8 laps remaining.



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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing have turned around their season after the French Grand Prix. Before the Shark Grand Prix de France, Miguel Oliviera finished 13th, 15th, 11th and finished (P16) outside the points at the Spanish Grand Prix. After his DNF in France though, the team decided to make a change in the chassis which proved to be the key for their turnaround. Since making that change, Oliviera bagged three consecutive podiums which includes a memorable victory at Catalunya



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The 8-time World Champion is finally fighting his way back after a horrific shoulder injury last season. Due to this injury, the Spaniard missed the first two races of the season and was back racing in the Portuguese GP where he managed to finish 7th before finishing P9 at the Spanish Grand Prix. After that, Marquez had the worst run of his career where he had three consecutive DNF’s but things went back on track when he returned to the Ring and kept his crown. In the Dutch GP,  Marquez put on a brilliant show as he fought his way up the grid from P20 to P7 and we’re hoping to see more from this man after the break.


[Image Credit: Fabio Quartararo]