Blunt and straight to the point, that’s how we roll, if Quartararo can’t get his act together, he will not be champion.
Joan Mir now leads the MotoGP championship by 14 points with just 3 rounds left, Mir has had sublime consistency this season and now has a 2020 podium tally which is double the three of Quartararo, the only saving grace being that Quartararo’s have all been wins whereas Mir has not won a race yet.
Aside from these three wins, Quartararo has taken a flurry of low scoring results, from P18’s to P13’s to low top 10 finishes, hardly the consistency of a world champion. It is absolutely no lie that Quartararo has had bike troubles this year whilst the Suzuki has performed at every track it is put on, but Quartararo is also qualifying much higher than Mir, for example, Quartararo qualified in P6 for the Teruel GP and finished in P8, gaining a place due to the crash of Marquez.
This, compared to Mir who started in P12, overtook Quartararo and Marquez before Marquez crashed, finishing on the podium, really does raise questions about if the pressure is getting to the Frenchman and stopping him from winning the title.
Mir is the 2017 Moto3 World Champion, ruining the field in only his second season in Moto3 with 10 wins before spending just one year in Moto2 with 4 podiums to his name, proving that he knows how to win a world championship, something Quartararo does not, not scoring his first win until his second Moto2 season, taking just two Moto3 podiums and 2 Moto2 podiums. Mir scored double the Moto2 podiums in half the time and 6 x the amount of Moto3 podiums, despite the pair both spending 2 seasons in Moto3 each.
It is clear as day to see that Mir is able to handle the pressure better, taking it race-by-race and refusing to think or even talk about the championship, whereas it seems to be consuming Quartararo and forcing mistakes and issues for the Frenchman.
With just three rounds to go, only time will tell who the 2020 champion will be, but if Quartararo can’t pull himself together, it won’t be him.
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