The Cairns Post

Fab Fabio’s French first

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YAMAHA’S Fabio Quartararo became the first Frenchman to be world champion after a dramatic finale to the EmiliaRoma­gna MotoGP at Misano.

The 22-year-old’s main challenger Pecco Bagnaia crashed while leading in the closing stages, giving the Yamaha rider an unassailab­le points lead with two races remaining.

Quartararo’s fourth placing was enough and he later lost his voice amid the wild celebratio­ns.

“I cry a lot, I scream a lot, but it feels amazing,’’ he said. “To be world champion in MotoGP is something that I never expect when I was in a bad situation a few years ago.”

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