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It looks like we're going to be treated to a weekend of downpours at the SHARK French Grand Prix, meaning it's the perfect opportunity to bring in a wet weather wonder and get the jump on your MotoGP™ Fantasy rivals. The top two most picked riders, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Fabio Quartararo and Ducati Lenovo Team's Francesco Bagnaia, are not known for being at home in the wet, so here are four riders that could spring a surprise this weekend.
First up, it could only be last year's winner: Danilo Petrucci (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing). The Italian absolutely loves Le Mans, with three podiums in his last three visits, so he's definitely worth a punt at 1.5M. Furthermore, he's one of the very best in MotoGP™ when the rain starts to pour. You just have to look at his debut premier class podium at a sodden Silverstone, missing out on victory by less than a tenth at Assen in damp conditions and then, of course, his 2020 French GP victory. Fastest in Q1, third in Q2 before moving up two places on Sunday to 1st saw him leave Le Mans with a superb 42 points. Don't be shocked if he repeats such heroics this weekend.
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Another rider you have to consider this weekend is LCR Honda Castrol's Alex Marquez. He put in arguably the performance of the season at Le Mans last year, rising through from 18th on the grid to take a debut MotoGP™ podium in only his ninth premier class race. It's impossible to not consider a man who created MotoGP™ Fantasy history with a jaw-dropping 52 points, the biggest one-day points haul ever recorded. He might have struggled at the start of 2021, seeing the chequered flag just once so far, but at 1.8M he's another rider worth considering.
It shouldn't come as a surprise, especially given his performance last time out in Jerez, that our next pick for Le Mans is Ducati Lenovo Team's Jack Miller. Confidence will be sky high for the Australian as he heads to France, after taking a career-first dry MotoGP™ victory. However, it's his form in the wet that we're interested in for this coming weekend. Miller has always been known as one of the bravest, and best, riders in the wet so don't be surprised to see him competing at the sharp end this weekend. If the conditions are sketchy, even better too. Just remember his stunning pole at the 2018 Argentinian GP when he produced one of the greatest flying laps in premier class history. Thriller Miller will be at the top of a lot of manager's shopping lists this weekend and he's hard to argue against that.
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Finally, experience is absolutely key when tackling tricky conditions, so who better to turn to than the nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi. The Petronas Yamaha SRT man has suffered the worst start to a premier class season in his career but it would be so Rossi to bite back in style this weekend. The Italian has proven down the years that he's a master in the wet, so don't be shocked if Le Mans is the scene of the 42-year-old's 200th premier class podium. An opening lap crash in 2020 means the form book will tell you otherwise but, as MotoGP™ Legend Kevin Schwantz said earlier this week, you can never write off The Doctor.
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