MotoGP Portuguese: Fabio Quartararo Claims First Win of 2022
- MotoGP Portuguese watched Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) claimed his first victory of the 2022 season at Algarve International Circuit in Portugal on April 24, 2022.
It is his first win since the 2021 British GP at Silverstone. This result marks he jumped to the top of the MotoGP™ World Championship.
The 2nd place was pole sitter Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati). Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) finished 3rd and took podium following Argentine GP.
Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) recovered from 23rd on the grid to finish 4th. Local hero Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM) finished 5th.
Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) took the lead early in the race, but was passed by Fabio Quartararo on the fourth lap. After that, he followed Fabio Quartararo in the 2nd place, but contacted with Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo) on lap 17 and crashed out.
Also, Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing), Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati) crashed out, respectively.
Fabio Quartararo said, “It was quite a long time since I achieved the victory, I think it was in August at Silverstone. But also the tough times that I had this year. It was a short time, four races, but when you win the championship you always want to fight again for the championship. For me it was tough to accept that I was happy to finish seventh in Austin because I improved a lot my race pace from the previous year [when I was second], we have not made a massive improvement on the bike, we know what is going on. So, of course, it's tough for me to see the team applauding me for P7. In my mind P7 is not good, but I was happy. But today to fight for the victory again was something special, something emotional because I have always said I will fight the same for P1, P5 or P10. And of course today it was much more fun, and that's why I got that emotional. Basically, I never the said the bike was not working. The bike is working in a way that when it's not working you don't fight for this kind of position. It's true the bike is missing a lot of top speed, but in this track I was feeling not bad with the top speed because in the last corner I was exiting super-fast and out of the hill I was trying to manage to get not a lot of wheely and I was super strong there. I think they key point for me was the last sector and for me it was the consequence of at this track I felt much better. But nothing really changed.”
Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal Race Results
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / 41m 39.611s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +5.409s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +6.068s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +9.633s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM / +13.573s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +16.163s
- Alex Marquez / LCR Honda / +16.183s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +16.511s
- Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / +16.769s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +18.063s
- Andrea Dovizioso / WithU Yamaha RNF / +29.029s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +29.249s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +33.354s
- Remy Gardner / KTM Tech3 / +40.205s
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +46.052s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +49.569s
- Darryn Binder / WithU Yamaha RNF / +50.303s
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