Fabio Quartararo dominates again to win Andalucia MotoGP

26 July 2020 - 15:45 By AFP and Motoring Reporter
Petronas Yamaha SRT's French rider Fabio Quartararo celebrates on the podium after winning the MotoGP race during the Andalucia Grand Prix at the Jerez race track in Jerez de la Frontera on July 26, 2020.
Petronas Yamaha SRT's French rider Fabio Quartararo celebrates on the podium after winning the MotoGP race during the Andalucia Grand Prix at the Jerez race track in Jerez de la Frontera on July 26, 2020.
Image: JAVIER SORIANO / AFP

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.

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.

"That was tough," said Quartararo at the finish.

The Frenchman has won both races in the coronavirus-delayed MotoGP season.

"It feels so good to make back to back wins," he said.

Quartararo has a 50-point lead over the reigning champion Marc Marquez, who was absent with a broken arm.

While Quartararo disappeared up the track in the heat haze, the two Yamaha works riders had to fend off challenges from the Ducati-Pramac pair of Italian Francesco Bagnaia, who climbed to second before his engine failed, and Australian Jack Miller, who crashed.

Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami (Honda-LCR) inherited fourth place.

Rossi showed that, at 41, he is still capable of competing.

The seven-time MotoGP world champion has always enjoyed cheeky celebrations and this time climbed onto a barrier and punched the air in a victory dance in front of a completely empty grandstand due to Covid-19 restrictions.

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."


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