Four riders, 16 points: the wick is lit on 2021

Last year, we saw Quartararo finish P9 – from pole – in the wet conditions on home turf. It was El Diablo’s first wet race in MotoGP™, so it was no surprise to see the likes of him and Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) and other inexperienced premier class riders struggle slightly. However, in arguably trickier circumstances, 2021 saw the 22-year-old produce a terrific performance to finish P3. Quartararo himself admitted it felt like a victory. After Jerez’s setback, returning to the podium in such conditions was a Champion’s ride.