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Quartararo takes emphatic win at 2020 Catalan GP

Quartararo takes emphatic win at Catalan GP

Fabio Quartararo came back with a vengeance at the race of Catalunya last Sunday with an emphatic win. The Yamaha SRT rider proved who’s the real contender in this season’s title chase as he outgunned the two factory Suzukis of Joan Mir and Alex Rins, who finished second and third.  The second Yamaha SRT rider Franco Morbidelli ended up fourth best, ahead of satellite Pramac rider Jack Miller.

With the win, Quartararo regains the top of the pecking order in the Riders standings, eight points in front of Mir. Former league leader Andrea Dovizioso  crashed out of the race on the first lap and didn’t score a point.

At race start, the Yamaha SRT rider lost several places but got back to second overall by lap six. The first five laps saw Morbidell in the lead and it was his team mat who beat him for the lead on lap nine. From there, the lead Yamaha SRT just never looked back.

By the mid-juncture of the race, the Suzukis had caught up from fifth and sixth spots in the early laps. Both riders played the long game, cleverly settling into formidable race pace and keeping their closest competitors in sight.

In the closing laps, the Suzuki riders started to reel in the Yamahas. Mir chipped away and put in some great passes to push himself towards the podium. Both Mir and Runs had overtaken Morbidelli for second and third, Two laps left, Mir moved into second place and was closing in on Quartararo as the chequered flag came out. Mir and Rins got the double podium finish for Suzuki, their first since 2007.

Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia were fifth and sixth for Pramac Racing, Nakagami finished atop factory Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci who took eighth spot. Petrucci managed to recover till the seventh position, engaging a duel with Bagnaia for sixth but, on the final stages, he couldn’t defend himself from Nakagami’s attack, finishing back into eighth place.

Maverick Vinales did some grace savving for the factory Yamaha squad by finishing a hard earned ninth, just ahead of the LCR of Cal Crutchlow.

The MotoGP circusr will now have one weekend without racing, before the championship tackles its penultimate triple-header, which starts with the Grand Prix of Le Mans from 9-11 October.

2020 Race of Catalunya results

1.  F. QUARTARARO – Petronas Yamaha SRT – 40:33.176

2. J. MIR – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – +00.928

3. A. RINS – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – +01.898

4. F. MORBIDELLI – Petronas Yamaha SRT – +02.846

5. J. MILLER – Pramac Racing – +03.391

6. F. BAGNAIA – Pramac Racing – +03.518

7. T. NAKAGAMI – LCR Honda IDEMITSU – +03.671

8. D. PETRUCCI – Ducati Team – +06.117

9. M. VIÑALES – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – +13.607

10. C. CRUTCHLOW – LCR Honda CASTROL – +14.483

Riders standings

1  Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 108

2 Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 100

3 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 90

4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 84

5 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha ITA 77

6 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 75

7 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 72

8 Alex RINS Suzuki SPA 60



Vinales takes first win of the year for factory Yamaha squad

VInales takes first win of the year for factory Yamaha squad

Last Sunday’s second bout at the Misano track saw Yamaha factory rider Maverick Vinales capture his first win of the season as he lapped in first place from start to finish. For the second race in succession, Suzuki had Joan Mir on the  podium as he beat KTM’s Pol Espargaro in the final laps.

At race start, Vinales made a good jump from pole to lead the field. He was followed by Francesco Bagnaia, who was the only rider able to keep up the pace.

Five laps into the race. Vinales made a small mistake and went wide. He lost the lead momentarily as the Yamaha man was 1.5 seconds down on Bagnaia. Fabio Quartarari in the Yamaha SRT  was chasing the pair, but too far back to do anything.

At the mid-part of the race, Mir had caught up from a woeful starting position. Mir pushed hard and managed to move up into the top five by lap 5.

Vinales decided to make his move in the final ten laps of the race. Seven laps from the end, Bagnaia would crash out, leaving the race wide open for Vinales and podium runners. Behind him, Mir had promoted himself to second and P.Espargaro laid third. Mir made a gorgeous overtaking move on Quartararo for third, three laps from the end and then, overtook P.Espargaro for second. Vinales’ win was only his eighth win in his young career.

Quartararo ended up forth, ahead of M. Oliveira, Nakagami, Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Marquez and Danilo Petrucci.

Andrea Dovizioso who finished eighth maintained the lead by a single point from Quartararo in the riders standings. The Ducati man had to battle back from fourteenth, but made the top ten by mid-race. In the end, he couldn’t do better than  eighth at the finish line,

The upcoming race moves to the Circuit de Catalunya, from 25 – 27 September.

Race of Emilia Romagna Misano  round 2 results

1 M. VIÑALES – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – 41:55.846

2. J. MIR – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – +02.425

3. P. ESPARGARO – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – +04.528

4. F. QUARTARARO – Petronas Yamaha SRT – +03.419

5. M. OLIVEIRA – Red Bull KTM Tech 3 – +07.368

6. T. NAKAGAMI – LCR Honda IDEMITSU – +11.139

7. A. MARQUEZ – Repsol Honda Team – +11.929

8. A. DOVIZIOSO – Ducati Team – +13.113

9. F. MORBIDELLI – Petronas Yamaha SRT – +15.880

10. D. PETRUCCI – Ducati Team – +17.682

Riders standings

1  Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 84

2 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 83

3 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 83

4 Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 80

5 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha ITA 64

6 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 64

7 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 63


9 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 58


Morbidelli secures first-ever win at Misano

Morbidelli secures first-ever win at Misano

Franco Morbidelli brought his Yamaha SRT back from the brink, after the last two rounds, by taking his first ever MotoGP career win at the Circuit Marco Simoncelli, last Sunday. His team mate Fabio Quartararo wasn’t as lucky, as he crashed out of the race. Behind the Yamaha SRT rider were Pramac’s Francesco Bagnaia and Suzuki’’s Joan Mir.

With Quartararo crashing out, the Riders standings saw Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso take first place in the standings with a 6-point margin, despite finishing seventh.

Morbidelli jumped into the lead off the line with factory Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and the rest of the field chasing after. Morbidelli went unchallenged virtually from start to finish.

The battle behind Morbidelli was the highlight of the race between a Yamaha, Pramac and two Suzukis. Rossi held second for much of the race, but couldn’t pull away from the chasing pack of Bagnaia, Mir and Álex Rins. Bagnaia shot past the Doctor who saw his pace dropped off towards the end of the race. Mir then overtook him to force the Doctor to fourth.

The two Suzukis were batlling amongst themselves for position the entire race. Rins pushed as high as fourth with Mir sixth mid-way through the race. With just a handful of laps remaining, both Suzuki riders were in podium contention but as Rins began to suffer physically, Mir was able to make his way through. On the last lap, Mir executed an incredible pass on Rossi to take his second podium of the year with third, while Rins finished fifth.

Behind the Suzukis was Maverick Vinales who overtook Jack Miller to take sixth place over the start-finish line, 5.383s from the lead.

Dovizioso finished seventh which enabled him to snatch the Riders standings lead. After Quartararo’s crash on lap 8, the Ducati rider tried to set his pace to close the gap on the front riders. Only towards the end of the race, he managed to finally catch the Ducati bike of Miller, passing it on the final lap to finish in the seventh position. Miller ended up eighth ahead of Nakagami and Esparagaro.

The MotoGP contingent next head to a one-day test, ahead of the seventh round of the season just days later from 18-20 September.

Race of San Marino results

1  . F. MORBIDELLI – Petronas Yamaha SRT – 42:02.272

2. F. BAGNAIA – Pramac Racing – +02.217

3. J. MIR – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – +02.290

4. V. ROSSI – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – +02.643

5. A. RINS – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – +04.044

6. M. VIÑALES – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP – +05.383

7. A. DOVIZIOSO – Ducati Team – +10.358

8. J. MILLER – Pramac Racing – +11.155

9. T. NAKAGAMI – LCR Honda IDEMITSU – +10.839

10. P. ESPARGARO – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – +12.030

Riders standings

1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 76

2 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 70

3 Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 64

4 Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 60

5 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 58

6 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 58

7 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha ITA 57


9 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 53


Oliveira wins MotoGP Race of Styria; first for Red Bull KTM Tech 3

Oliveira wins MotoGP Race of Styria

Last weekend’s round 2 of the race at Red Bull Ring in Austria, aptly known as the Race of Styria, was won by a Red Bull KTM Tech 3  rider Miguel Oliveira who outlasted satellite Ducati rider Jack Miller and Red Bull factory squad rider Pol Espargaro. It’s a first win in premier class for the youngster from Portugal. To icing on the cake, the second Tech 3 bike of Iker Lecuona finished tenth.

The absence of Reigning Champion Marc Marquez and recent lockdown have turned MotoGP a bit topsy-turvy as factory teams find it difficult to come to grips with satellite teams. KTM factory squad, having made their MotoGP debut, have made headlines following Brad Binder’s win in Brno. This time around, it’s Oliveira and Espargaro who made the teams proud.

In a red-flag interrupted race, Oliveira practically outlasted and dispatched both Miller and Espargaro as they battled for the top spot in the final lap of the race. Oliveira, who’s first rider to come all the way through the Red Bull KTM system, commented, “I’m very emotional…there’s so much I want to say but I cannot at the moment. This is history today for me and my country and I couldn’t be happier to do it here in the home of KTM and Red Bull.”

Miller took the runner up for the second week running, with Espargaro third. Suzuki’s Joan Mir battled Andrea Dovizioso for a tough fourth place. Dovizioso was racing in the lead group after the restart. He would run wide later and gave Mir an opportunity to overtake him. He was unable to make any progress in the closing stint and settled for fifth, ahead of the second Suzuki of Alex Rins.

LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami came in seventh, while Binder was eighth and Rossi, ninth.  Rossi had a lonely race to finish ninth as he was in a four-rider fight for fourth place in the mid-part of the race. He struggled to match the riders in front of him and lost a position to  Rins with 7 laps to go. However, the Italian retaliated immediately when Rins went wide. Rossi’s quest for eighth continued until the very end. The Yamaha man was close to overtaking Binder but came just short and crossed the finish line in ninth.

For the second weekend in a row, both Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli didn’t make any impression as they ended up 13th and 15th.  Even so, Quartararo left the Styrian GP at the top of the riders’ standings and the team held on to the lead in the teams’ rankings.

There will now be a two-week break for the riders before they tackle the next triple-header, which starts with Misano next month, from 11 to 13 September.

Race of Styria results

1. Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 16’56.025

2. Jack MILLER Pramac Racing Ducati +0.316

3. Pol ESPARGARO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.540

4. Joan MIR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.641

5. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team Ducati +1.414

6. Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.450

7. Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +1.864

8. Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +4.150

9. Valentino ROSSI Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +4.517

10. Iker LECUONA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +5.068

Riders standings

1. Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 70

2.Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 67

3. Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 56


5. Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 48

6. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 46

7. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 45

8. Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 44



Ducati celebrates 50th Win Milestone

Ducati is one of the perennial factory squads in MotoGP that has proven to be a force to be reckoned with in the top echelon of two-wheel racing. They have legions of followers known as the Ducatisti, not to mention a number of successes in the motorcycle racing world. Ducati has been an active factory team in the premier class since 2003, after the introduction of the new regulation for four-stroke engines.

For long-time Ducatisti, names like the Great Casey Stoner and Loris Capirossi have brought much accolades to the factory Ducati squad in MotoGP especially. Stoner is still the man with the most wins in a Ducati and brought home a title to the Bolognese-based squad in 2007.

Stoner riding style and racing instinct best suited the Desmosedici GP machine through the 2007 season and his formidable years as the top rider in MotoGP for several years. That year, MotoGP technical regulations required bikes to be 800cc, instead of 1000cc. But it didn’t matter to Stoner, the Australian came up with 10 wins, the most ever for Ducati, and 14 podiums to ensure the Riders and Manufacturers’ titles. After that spectacular year, Stoner would go on to win another 13 victories in three years and became the most successful rider onboard the Desmosedici GP bike.

After Stoner’s last success at Phillip Island in 2010, Ducati hadn’t much accomplished since the Stoner-era. From 2011 until 2015, they pretty much played catch up to the likes of the Hondas and Yamahas, even the Suzukis. It wasn’t till 2016, when Andrea Iannone scored a surprising win that Ducati tasted a podium success. A year later, Dovizioso pushed through for the win at the Sepang Circuit to bring Ducati back from the brink, late in the season. A win or even a podium finish was hard to come by for the proud Ducati MotoGP team. Although going through a relative slump in MotoGP, Ducati never stopped developing the Desmosedici GP bike, in terms of performance and evolutions introduced over the years. One such example was the innovative wings that have revolutionized aerodynamics of premier class machines,

Up to date, no one else has come close to Stoner’s numbers, even the likes of current rider Andrea Dovizioso, who’d just captured Ducati’s 50th win last Sunday at the Red Bull Ring, has only 14 wins in total. Dovizioso could one day beat Stoner’s record but it’s going to take some time.  

A look back at pre-Stoner era

Prior to the appearance of Stoner, Ducati MotoGP had two big names in the fold namely Loris Capirossi and Troy Bayliss. Capirossi tallied only seven wins during his tenure at Ducati. On the four-stroke bikes debut year in 2003, Capirossi and Bayliss gave Ducati a good combo, but it was Capirossi who eventually scored a win much later in the season.  In the opening race at Suzuka in Japan, Capi finished third at the finish line, taking the first of the 155 podiums obtained by the Italian factory squad. Also in 2003, at Mugello, the Desmosedici GP bike entered the history of motorcycling scoring the overall record of maximum speed (332,409 km/h with Capirossi). In their home race, at the Italian GP, Capirossi also took the second place, completing an all-Italian podium with Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi.

A few weeks later, Capirossi gave Ducati its first MotoGP victory at the Catalunya Grand Prix, after an exciting race at Montmelò Circuit. For the Italian, it was the first of seven successes achieved with the Desmosedici machine from 2003 to 2007. Bayliss, ran with Ducati from 2003 – 04 but only managed to capture a win in 2006 as a substitute at the season finale in Valencia. Bayliss stood in for the injured Sete Gibernau, after becoming Champion in WorldSBK with Ducati.

Fast forward to 2017, Dovizioso became the golden boy at Ducati having moved to the Italian outfit from Repsol Honda. 5-time MotoGP Champion Jorge Lorenzo also  joined Ducati that year to partner Dovizioso, but he did not fit in quite as well. He still managed three wins in his two short years at Ducati, all in 2018. Dovizioso contributed four wins that year. In 2019, Dovizioso is paired with rookie Danilo Petrucci, who won a race at the home of Ducatistis in Mugello. One notable rider mention is Valentino Rossi who rode for Ducati between 2011 – 12. Rossi in his two seasons there only had 3 podium finishes.

Ducati as a squad has triumphed on 19 different circuits: Motegi, Sepang, Losail and the Red Bull Ring are the tracks where it has achieved the most successes, winning five victories. Mugello, Montmelò and Phillip Island follow with four wins; Valencia and Brno with three wins; Misano and Donington with two and finally Sachsering, Assen, Jerez, Silverstone, Laguna Seca, Motorland Aragon, Shanghai and Istanbul with a win.

Among the 50 victories achieved since 2003, Ducati has also scored six 1-2, placing its riders on the first and second steps of the podium on six occasions.

In addition to the 50 victories, Ducati has taken 155 podiums in the premier class since 2003: 136 obtained by the official team riders and 19 obtained by satellite teams riders.

List of Ducati riders and number of wins

Casey Stoner 23

Andrea Dovizioso 14

Loris Capirossi 7

Jorge Lorenzo 3

Troy Bayliss 1

Andrea Iannone 1

 Danilo Petrucci 1

Dovizioso does a 3-peat at Red Bull Ring

It’s the fourth race of the shortened season, the Austrian Grand Prix in Spielberg took center stage for the MotoGP contenders, last Sunday. Ducati factory squad’s season finally kickstarted right with Andrea Dovizioso taking the win. Suzuki rider Joan Mir was at the runner-up spot while Jack Miller secured third for the factory Ducati Satellite squad. Brno GP winner Brad Binder was fourth best for factory KTM squad.

In a multiple red-flagged raee, Dovizioso captured his third consecutive victory at the Red Bull Ring. since the return of this race on the calendar in 2016. The race was delayed after the start due to an accident, but would resume with the Ducati man in pole position. He battled Miller for a few laps and successfully dispatched the Pramac rider for the lead. Mir in the Suzuki made some progress as he moved up to fourth by the time the red flag came out.  Both Suzukis of Mir and team mate Alex Rins made good progress at the restart, with Rins third and Mir fourth. Rins would go up to second at mid-distance of the race, but he crashed out without injuring himself. With Rins out, Miller took runner-up spot with Mir right behind. At this point, Dovizioso had a comfortable lead at the head of the order. On the last lap, there was a dogfight between Miller and Mir, which saw Mir take second from Miller in the last corner before the start-finish.

Dovizioso finished tops and brought himself back in contention in the Riders standings. He is second in the overall standings, only 11 points behind Fabio Quartararo.

The Austrian GP didn’t favor the Yamahas all too well, with only Rossi able to score a fifth spot, as the highest ranked Yamaha rider. After the Johann Zarco – Franco Morbidelli crash, the race had to be restarted. Rossi and Vinales were both lucky to escape the Zerco-Morbidelli crash. Rossi would bounce back strong and made a good start from seventh place and put his head down. He was fighting with Binder but couldn’t quite make a move on him. With multiple riders crashing out, the Yamaha rider found himself in fifth place. He kept applying pressure on Binder until the very end but finished fifth, 5.837s from first.

Vinales would fall to last place after the restart, due to a technical issue. The Spaniard stuck with it. He rode a strong comeback race once he got back into the groove and made up a total of ten positions. Spurred on by the progress he was making, he began to quicken his pace and set his best time in the second-to-last lap to finally cross the finish line in tenth place.

The Yamaha SRT squad had no luck this time around as Quartararo managed to finish eighth behind Takashi Nakagami and Danilo Petrucci. Quartararo battled hard through the race with a brake issue and had to comeback from dead last. He made a positive comeback by picking off riders one by one. He would eventually cross the line in eighth, ahead of the second KTM Tech 3 rider of Iker Lecouna.

The next race remains at the Red Bull Ring for round six and the third of three races in a row, 21 – 23 August.

Race of Spielberg results

1         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          Ducati            28’20.853

2         MIR Joan                 Suzuki          +1.377

3         MILLER Jack            Pramac Racing        1.549

4         BINDER Brad          KTM   5.536

5         ROSSI Valentino     Yamaha MotoGP     5.837

6         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          LCR Honda              6.403

7         PETRUCCI Danilo   Ducati 12.498

8         QUARTARARO Fabio Yamaha SRT                  12.534

9         LECOUNA Iker        KTM Tech 3             14.117

10       VINALES Maverick  Yamaha MotoGP           15.276

Riders standings

           QUARTARARO Fabio        67      

2         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          56      

3         VINALES Maverick  48      

4         BINDER Brad          41

5         ROSSI Valentino     38      

6         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          37      

7         MILLER Jack            36      

8         MIR Joan      31      

9         MORBIDELLI Franco         31      

10       ZARCO Johann       28

Rookie Brad Binder wins MotoGP Race of Brno, first win for Red Bull KTM!

The MotoGP Race of Brno at the Czech Republic on Sunday saw a certain unknown Rookie rider from the Red Bull KTM factory outfit Brad Binder take the Win! It was the first ever win for Red Bull KTM. Binder overtook two hard charging Yamaha SRTs of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli to emerge the winner.

Binder said in post-race, “This is a day I have dreamed about since I was a little boy. Today, it came true. They put an absolutely insane motorbike underneath me this weekend.”

Current league leaders Quartararo, Morbidelli and Yamaha SRT couldn’t believe their fates as they were beaten by a rookie. Morbidelli ended up second and Quartararo in seventh. Although finishing seventh, Quartararo still manages to hold on to the standings’ lead. Morbidell, meanwhile, made it ten podiums for the team since their MotoGP debut last year. Ducati Satellite team’s Johann Zarco claimed the final spot on the podium, with Suzuki’s Alex Rins fourth and Valentino Rossi fifth.

At race start, Morbidelli got off to a fast start and pulled away from the field. The second Yamaha SRT of Quartararo was right there in second, but was soon troubled by tyre issues. As the laps continued to count down Morbidelli experienced increased tyre wear. Out of nowhere, Binder started to close In on the leading Yamaha SRT. They battled for a bit before Binder swooped in for the lead and Morbidelli decided to settle for runner up spot at the closing stage.

Quartararo would drop back behind Rins, Rossi and a certain Miguel Oliveira, the second Red Bull KTM rider. With other championship contenders faring worse than him, he decided to not risk a crash and make sure to rack up as many points as possible for the top spot in the riders standings.

The Yamaha factory team could fair no better than fifth and 14th for Rossi and Vinales. Having started 10th, Rossi pushed to the max as did his team mate. The Doctor made progress fast to get up to sixth by the mid-distance of the race. With five laps to go he was in the group with Rins and Quartararo for the fight for fourth. He overtook the Yamaha SRT rider and withstood the pressure from behind applied by Oliveira, to take 5th place, 7.517s from first.

The Ducati factory squad, like the other factory teams, struggled through the weekend as Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci finished eleventh and twelfth respectively. Dovizioso was in the top ten, as was Petrucci and Jack Miller. The scorching heat at Brno made tyres management an issue for everyone, Dovizioso couldn’t push further and finished 11th just outside the top ten. Miller would finish ninth, behind Takami Nakagami in the LCR Honda and ahead of Aleix Espargaro.

With Reigning Champion Marc Marquez continuing to recover from injury, Repsol Honda had to rely on rookie Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl who’d just joined the camp  since his last race at 2019 Austrian race. But neither rider could take advantage of the race as Marquez was 15th and Bradl was DNF.

The MotoGP contingent next head to the Austrian race at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, from 14-16 August.

MotoGP Race of Brno Rd4 results

1   BINDER Brad     Red Bull KTM          41’38.764

2         MORBIDELLI Franco         Yamaha SRT           5.266

3         ZARCO Johann       Esponsorama Racing           6.470

4         RINS Alex     Suzuki          6.609

5         ROSSI Valentino     Yamaha MotoGP               7.517

6         OLIVEIRA Miguel    Red Bull        7.969

7         QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT                      11.827

8         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          LCR Honda              12.862

9         MILLER Jack Pramac Racing                  15.013

10       ESPARGARO Aleix Aprilia Racing           15.087

Riders standings

1         QUARTARARO Fabio        59      

2         VINALES Maverick             42      

3         MORBIDELLI Franco         31      

4         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          31      

5         BINDER Brad                     28      

6         ZARCO Johann       28      

7         ROSSI Valentino     27      

8         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          27      

9         MILLER Jack     20  

10       RINS Alex     19

Quartararo takes Back-to-back wins at Race of Andalucia

The shorten MotoGP Season couldn’t have started better for Fabio Quartararo as the Yamaha Satellite rider rode to his second straight win at the weekend’s Race of Andalucia. With Reigning Champion Marc Marquez out for the season, at least for the time being, everyone gets a shot at the title. It was a 1-2-3 finish for Yamaha at the Andalucia race with Quartararo, Maverick Vinales and Valentino Rossi on the podium.  

Quartararo didn’t put a foot wrong in Sunday’s race, leading from the lights to the flag and making it back-to-back victories in Jerez. Team mate Franco  Morbidelli wasn’t so fortunate as he was out of the race due to mechanical faults.

Quartararo made the perfect getaway off the line and held the lead into the first corner. Vinales gave chase, but ran wide and would drop back to third after the first lap. It would turn into a tricky race for VInales into the middle part of the race. Rossi inherited second from his team mate’s slip and kept it for a bit. A relatively unknown Francesco Bagnaia would cause a panic in the factory Yamaha garage as he managed to slot above Rossi and Vinales during the early stint.

Up front, Quartararo made it looked easy as he pounded the track to increase the gap to the rest of the field. Vlnales dropped back to sixth, after another slip, but it won’t bother him too much with the powerful Yamaha factory machine. With 13 laps to go, Rossi who had lost a place to Bagnaia came under pressure from Morbidell. The 9-time champion refused to give in as he eyed for a podium finish. The Doctor had not climbed the rostrum since the 2019 Americas Grand Prix. Rossi regained second place on lap 20 of 25 when Bagnaia suffered a mechanical failure. In the final stint, Rossi defended from his team mate but Vinales simply wanted it more.

As the laps counted down, the race became one of attrition with Quartararo on the verge of his back-to-back win. He would finish 4.495secs ahead of Viñales and Rossi.

Just behind the trio of Yamahas,  Takaaki Nakagami had his  best MotoGP weekend to date as he finished fourth, the LCR Honda rider’s best result in the premier class, Joan Mir took fifth ahead of Ducati front man Andrea Dovizioso who was sixth, ahead of KTM’s Pol Espargaro.  

Repsol Honda’s rookie rider Alex Marquez took a courageous eighth place in his home race.  The Spaniard was the lone representative of the team with team-mate withdrawing from the weekend as he continues to recover from surgery on his broken humerus. The Kid started aggressively in the opening laps and gained seven positions on the first lap alone. Fending off the attacks of fellow rookie Iker Lecuona, He would settle into what would be a consistent, but lonely eighth spot. Johann Zarco and Alex Rins would complete the top ten finishers classification in the race.

The upcoming race in two weeks moves to the Automotodrom Brno, in the Czech Republic, for their third race of the season from 7-9 August.

Race of Andalucía results

1         QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT           41’22.666

2         VINALES Maverick  Yamaha MotoGP                4.495

3         ROSSI Valentino     Yamaha MotoGP     .546

4         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          LCR Honda              6.113

5         MIR Joan                 Suzuki          7.693

6         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          Ducati 12.554

7         ESPARGARO Pol   KTM   17.488

8         MARQUEZ Alex Repsol Honda    19.357

9         ZARCO Johann       Avintia Racing           23.523

10       RINS Alex                Suzuki          27.091

Riders standings

1         QUARTARARO Fabio        50      

2         VINALES Maverick  40      

3         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          26      

4         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          19      

5         ESPARGARO Pol   19      

6         ROSSI Valentino     16      

7         MILLER Jack       13

8         MARQUEZ Alex      12      

9         ZARCO Johann       12      

10       MIR Joan      11

Quartararo wins frst race of the season as Marquez succumbs to Nightmare start

Nightmare start to season for Reigning Champion!

The first MotoGP race of the 2020 season began nightmarishly at the Jerez de la Frontera Circuit for Reigning Champion Marc Marquez as he fell off his bike and broke his foot. Aiming to defend his title, Marquez got off to a fast start in the reduced 20-rider grid of the shorten season against the likes of Maverick Vinales, Fabio Quartararo, Andrea Dovizioso and Jack Miller.

The Repsol Honda ace sprinted to the head of the field in second at the start of the race. Vinales who started second shot to first place on the first lap. The battle between Vinales and Marquez was the highlight in the early stint. Vinales and Marquez would go back and forth until the Yamaha ace got the better of things for the lead.  It wasn’t until lap 5, Marquez almost lost the bike but recovered to continue. He would drop back to 20th place before mounting a comeback. This gave Vinales and the riders behind him a clear path.

With Marquez dropped back, Vinales had a clear path in front of him. Only Quartararo and Miller gave chase. On lap 8, Quartararo took the lead after Vinales had a wobble. The Yamaha ace would run wide again to allow Miller through as well in ensuing laps. He was down to third place by the middle part of the race. The Spaniard mounted a comeback and with seven laps remaining, VInales took the runner up spot from Miller. Meanwhile, Marquez had powered his way back to contention right behind Vinales in third, with five laps to run. However, Marquez would lose his bike on a high side at turn 3 and crashed out of the race. He suffered a broken right humerus.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso captured third place, having started third on the grid. The Italian defended from Franco Morbidelli’s and Pol Espargaro’s attacks throughout the race. The Ducati man managed to fill in the gap on Miller and, with two laps to go, he went past Miller for third. Team mate Danilo Petrucci, still recovering from minor injury, finished ninth to give Ducati some added points in the manufacturers’ rankings.

Marquez’s team mate Alex Marquez, who made his MotoGP debut, finished 12th. 9-time champion Valentino Rossi did not finish the race as his bike had technical issues.  

It was a good day for  Quartararo who won the race and started the race in P1 ahead of factory riders. With Quartararo and Morbidelli first and fifth, Yamaha SRT team is at the top of the teams’ standings. Ducati occupies the second position in the manufacturers and  second in the teams after the first race.

Round Three of the 2020 season hits  Gran Premio de Andalucía, 24 – 25 July.

2020 MotoGP Season takes flight after 4-month hiatus

The 2020 MotoGP Championship season is finally a green light as riders hit the Jerez de la Frontera Circuit for the season-opener. The opening race, to be held behind closed doors, kicks start the season after months of lockdown, which began from the pre-season testing in Qatar at the end of February.

Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso, recovering from a left collarbone injury, is looking forward to getting back on his Ducati Desmosedici GP bike. He and team mate Danilo Petrucci are on the Jerez track for testing prior to the race weekend. The race weekend begins with the three practice sessions, then qualifiers and the race. Dovizioso, who had confirmed himself as runner-up in the championship for the third time in a row in 2019, is set to tackle his thirteenth season in MotoGP.

Second year Ducati rider, Petrucci aims to start his season in the best way possible to become one of the protagonists of 2020.

Reigning Champion Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez arrives in Jerez eager to reunite with his team and get back to riding the Honda RC213V. For rookie Alex Marquez, the wait to go racing has seemed even longer as the reigning Moto2 Champion has been forced to delay his premier class debut. Marquez has one goal in mind in the shorten season and that’s to defend his title.

Yamaha MotoGP riders Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi revved their hearts as they return to racing in the 2020 season. Riding for the first time in more than four months, the Yamaha riders took part in two crucial 90-minute test sessions ahead of this weekend’s race in Jerez. Both riders are as eager to race again after a four-month hiatus and put Yamaha in their rightful place in the championship in the shorten season.