Petronas Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo pounced on defending champion Marc Marquez crash to capture his first ever MotoGP race following an incident-packed Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez on Sunday.
Frenchman Quartararo’s victory was also the first for Petronas Yamaha as he finished ahead of Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales in second, while Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso finished third.
Here are some key points of the race:
- For the 2nd weekend in a row, Fabio Quartararo took pole and the win at Jerez; Fabio becomes the second youngest back-to-back premier class winner since Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez.
- With only 12 of the 21 runners managing to cross the finish line, the Red Bull Andalucian GP saw an all-Yamaha podium with Quartararo, Viñales, and, Rossi harvesting the trophies. The last time this happened was during the 2014 Australian GP at Philip Island.
- It may have taken over a year, but, Valentino “the old warrior” Rossi, crossed the line to take his first podium since the 2019 USGP. Vale now has 199 career podiums in the premier class, and the 235th in his racing career. The Italian also holds the record for most consecutive seasons with a podium finish (21)
- With his win, Fabio Quartararo now leads the championship table with 50 points, followed closely by Maverick Viñales with 40 points; Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso is in third place with 26 points. Takaaki Nakagami (Honda) and Pol Espargaro (KTM) are tied in 4th with 19 points, with Valentino Rossi having 16 points to his credit.
- Alex Marquez (who finished 12th and 8th in the 1st two races) is the sole factory Honda rider to score a point this year. Team mate and defending champion Marc Marquez has yet to score this season. Marc, who suffered a violent high-side during last weekend’s race, fractured his humerus and had to undergo surgery to have a titanium plate inserted in his arm; the Phenom tried to take to the track for Friday practice, but the swelling from his injured arm, prevented Marquez to participate in Sunday’s race.
IN PHOTO: Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo celebrates winning the race on the podium with the trophy REUTERS/Marcelo Del Pozo