The San Marino GP in Misano, Italy was an exciting race from start to finish. Reigning champion Marc Marquez overtook Danilo Petrucci’s Ducati at the very end in the rain. But that finish wasn’t the most thrilling or inspiring. Promising rookie Johann Zarco was running in seventh place until he began to run out of gas on the final lap. His bike eventually ran all the way out and stranded him at the beginning of the home stretch, with the finish line and waving checkered flags just out of reach.
Zarco, however, would not be denied. Seeing the finish in sight, he showed admirable determination by pushing his bike the rest of the way. You couldn’t help but cheer as he finally made it past the checkered flag, exhausted.
Zarco has been impressing everyone in MotoGP this year. In his first MotoGP race in the season opener at Qatar, he stunned everyone by jumping out to a big lead for most of the race before crashing out. Months later, there are only five races left in the season and Zarco is an amazing sixth place in the points in his rookie season.
Watching him push his bike across the line surely won the rookie plenty of new fans, but he was also rewarded for all of his hard work. Even after running out of gas, he was able to cross the line and score a championship point. Just one.
But after falling from 7th to 15th place, that one championship point will mean so much more than the rest.