Fabio Quartararo is your 2021 MotoGP World Champion!

By sep, 25 October 2021

Fabio Quartararo is also the first French MotoGP World Champion ever

The second Misano MotoGP round of 2021 saw a lot of happenings in the premier class. It was Valentino Rossi's final home GP, Repsol Honda got its first one-two finish since forever, and Ducati's world championship contender, Francesco Bagnaia, crashed out while leading the race. The result? Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Fabio Quartararo got his first crown as the 2021 MotoGP World Champion.

With his back against the wall thanks to his worst qualifying result in P15, it was a tough climb to go with the likes of the race's favourite to win, Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia. The Italian had everything going for him, including fending off the tremendous pressure from Honda's Marc Marquez. Just when Marquez decided that there was no chance, Bagnaia made a minor mistake which cost him the race as well as the premier class crown.

Emotions ran high as Fabio Quartararo crossed the chequered flag in P4 (he wasn't able to secure the final podium spot thanks to Enea Bastianini, and of course keeping his cool in the final remaining laps after seeing his pit board saying that Bagnaia was out of the race), but the moment has finally been set in stone - Fabio Quartararo is the first French rider to win the MotoGP premier class crown and also the first Yamaha world champion since Jorge Lorenzo back in 2015.

There are two races left on the calendar, and we now look forward to who will win the titles in Moto2 and Moto3. The upcoming rounds will be in Portugal (5-7 November 2021) and Valencia, Spain (12-14 November 2021). A huge congrats to the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP squad, Yamaha, and of course, Fabio Quartararo. #ELD1ABLO