Quartararo dominates again to win Andalucia MotoGP

26 July 2020 - 15:02 By afp.com
Fabio Quartraro dominated the Andalucia MotoGP held at Jerez, Spain.
Fabio Quartraro dominated the Andalucia MotoGP held at Jerez, Spain.
Image: Flickr / Petronas SRT

Frenchman Fabio Quartararo won for the second straight week at Jerez on Sunday as he dominated the Andalucia MotoGP while bikes crashed and broke down behind him in searing heat.

In the second race of the season, Quartararo, on a satellite Yamaha, was followed home by Spaniard Maverick Vinales and Italian veteran Valentino Rossi, both on Yamaha factory bikes, as only 13 of the 21 starters finished.

SA's Brad Binder was one of the many riders who crashed out of the high-attrition race. Binder and fellow KTM rider Miguel Oliviera hit each other at the start of the race, leading to Oliviera's retirement while the South African was able to rejoin in last place. However, after making up a number of places Binder pushed too hard and crashed out.

"Firstly I need to say sorry to @migueloliveira44 for hitting him in turn 1 today. I’m sorry to everyone @redbullktmtech3 for destroying their race and ended what would have been a good weekend," said Binder on his Facebook page after the race.

"After getting back on track I tried my best to catch up as much as possible and crashed. Thank you to my team for the huge effort @KTM factoryracing. I’ve learnt a lot these last 2 weeks. You live and you learn. Taking the positives home with me and we will try again in Brno. Thanks for all the support."