There are a Portuguese, a French and an Australian: it is not the beginning of a joke, but the list of nationalities represented on the MotoGP podium at the end of the Catalunya Grand Prix. Neither a Spaniard nor an Italian got on the podium of the premier class of the World Championship in Barcelona. It is a singular statistic, because these two nationalities have always dominated the World Championship. But it is already the second time this has happened in 2021: in fact, at Le Mans, Miller, Zarco and Quartararo went to the podium. Before this year, this situation did not occur since the Japanese Grand Prix of the 500 class of 2000.
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Then, in Suzuka, the landlord won Norifumi Abe ahead of the future world champion Kenny Roberts junior and Tadayuki Okada. Two Japanese and one American, with the Spaniard Carlos Checa fifth behind Nobuatsu Aoki. In Barcelona, on the other hand, Joan Mir was promoted to fourth position due to the second penalty inflicted on Fabio Quartararo for the open suit, otherwise, as in Suzuka, the first Italian or Spanish rider would have been fifth.
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At this time the world championship standings it does not see Italy and Spain represented in the first three positions of the ranking. At the moment it is the French derby between Fabio Quartararo leader at 115, with Johann Zarco launched in pursuit at -14. Jack Miller is third at -25, Francesco Bagnaia fourth at -27. Joan Mir, first Spaniard and reigning champion, pays 37 points to Quartararo. Never in the history of the world championship has a French rider won the title in the 500 class or in the MotoGP.