Incredible race on the Buriram circuit.
It was first necessary to wait an hour, due to heavy downpours which fell in this region of the globe, before seeing the pilots take the start.
An action completely missed by Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), 4th after qualifying, to find himself in the depths of the classification.
The last laps finally aroused passions when Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac) came back from 9th place to challenge for the podium.
Without success, and for good reason.
There are a few laps to go and the burning Cannois makes short work of Marc Marquez to claim 4th place.
Very fast, he is aiming for the last place on the podium held at this moment by Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia.
However, Fabio Quartararo's most dangerous rival in the general classification rides a Ducati... like Zarco.
This one doesn't go into battle.
The positions are fixed and Bagnaia comes back to two small points from Quartararo, only 17th and therefore out of the points.
Was victory possible for @JohannZarco1 today?
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“If the track had dried up three laps before, I would have overtaken Pecco (Bagnaia) and I would have had the speed to pick up Jack (Miller) and Miguel (Oliveira), conceded to the microphone of Canal + the other tricolor pilot of the paddock, which also obtained its best result since the German GP in June.
I was incisive on Marc
Marquez), less on Pecco.
It was too late to think of victory.
There was only one line and as soon as we got out of the way, the bike slid.
Two laps passed, and with two laps to go, victory was impossible.
Zarco however had the speed to pass and if he had to overtake someone other than Bagnaia, he would not have hesitated.
And the difference between the 16 points awarded to 3rd and the 13 points offered to 4th could well count at the end of the championship.
“Since Misano (the San Marino GP circuit contested a month ago), we have had difficult colurse instructions to apply when we are not in a fight with Pecco, continues Johann Zarco, who always runs after a first success in the premier category.
Until now it was not the case but there, today, it was.
For a victory, Ducati does not block anything.
For places other than a podium, we give the advantage to Pecco.
In these conditions, it was therefore victory that we had to aim for.
Fourth is very good.
Everyone can think what they want.
Three races from the end, the championship is much tighter than last year and there are still at least five to claim the title.
And the positions are therefore clear on preferences.
Team VR46 (which runs in Ducati) and its two riders (Marco Bezzechi and Luca Marini) have clearly announced that they will help Bagnaia in his fight with Fabio Qartararo.
Just like the Ducati Pramacs of Jorge Martin and therefore... Johann Zarco.
The Niçois, losing speed, and who did not take points this Sunday, a first since the Aragon Grand Prix in 2020 (excluding retirements), therefore risks finding himself very alone in the coming weeks against the 'armada Ducati that won't let anything pass.
Expected after the race, he also dried up his point with the press, as well as with the broadcaster, a rare occurrence which betrays his disappointment.
One thing is certain: if he becomes world champion again, it will be against and against (almost) everyone.