The French doubles in Moto GP are rare enough to be underlined. This Sunday at the Portuguese Grand Prix, Fabio Quartararo won ahead of his compatriot Johann Zarco, signing the second French double in history.
They had already both finished in the same places at the Doha GP in April 2021. While they also finished on the podium another time in 2021, 2nd and 3rd respectively at the French GP, it was only the first time they signed a victory for France.
Last year, this double had also allowed them to occupy the first two places in the general classification, but in reverse order, Zarco dominating the debates.
61 doubles for Spain in 10 years
In history, we had to go back to 1954 to find a French winner, and a Frenchman on the podium. It was in Reims in 1954 when Pierre Monneret won ahead of Jacques Collot, 3rd.
By way of comparison, just for Spain, since 2012 there have already been 61 doubles including eight consecutive in 2013, a record year with 13 Spanish doubles.
As for Italy, if the last ten years have been a little less efficient with seven doubles, we must not forget the 2000s and the domination of the Italians. They scored 24 doubles between 2002 and 2010 with a record seven doubles in a season in 2005 and 2003, when they even scored a hat-trick in the first Grand Prix of the season in Japan.