We are 4 races into the 2021 MotoGP season, and just as we saw last year, there is a tight race at the top of the rider standings. There is still a very long way to go on the season, so what we are seeing now may not continue through the rest of the year. This weekend, the riders will be in Le Mans for the SHARK Grand Prix de France, where things could get very interesting. The forecast is for a rather dreary weekend with a bit of rain, which could well make things more difficult for all involved. Does that mean that we will see a surprise winner, or will one of the favorites win in France? Let’s take a look at the current top 4 in the standings so you can get all set to make your bets against their MotoGP odds.
MotoGP Betting Analysis for the SHARK Grand Prix de France
This is just the 3rd year in MotoGP for Bagnaia, but he looks set to make a massive leap forward, assuming his early season form continues. His first year in the top ranks saw him finish 15th in the standings, but things got even worse last season. He was only able to finish 5 races in 2020, which meant that he finished worse than he did the year prior. There have been no such issues this season, though, as Bagnaia has landed on the podium 3 times through the first 4 races. His last 2 runs in France have not been great, but it is worth mentioning that he won there in his final season in Moto2.
The Frenchman was off to a ridiculously good start this season, winning 2 of the first 3 races, and looked to be cruising to another win in Spain before falling off the pace and finishing in 13th. The immediate reaction was that something was not right, which proved to be true. Quartararo suffered from compartment syndrome and had to undergo arm pump surgery after the race in Spain. In the grand scheme of things, it is a minor surgery, and he will be good to go in Le Mans. He has finished top 10 in his last 2 visits there and will probably need to finish higher if he is to get back atop the standings.
Last season, Mir won the World Championship while winning just one race. What that tells you is that he was consistently among the leaders in the majority of races in 2020. We are 4 races in, and Mir is still looking for his first win of the season, but he is following a very similar pattern to his championship winning season. Mir only has a single podium finish this season, but he has also not finished any worse than 7th thus far, which means he is consistently picking up points. He does have one win in France, but that came back in 2017 when he was still in Moto3.
When Zarco left Moto2 after the 2016 season, he did so after winning back-to-back titles at that level. He made a solid start to his MotoGP career, finishing 6th overall in his first 2 seasons. He has struggled since then, but Zarco is showing signs of challenging again this year after finishing 2nd in each of the first 2 races of the season. He finished 5th in France in 2020 in the midst of a poor season, so he may prove to be a decent bet this weekend.