MotoGP Spanish: Fabio Quartararo Takes Maiden MotoGP Win As Marc Marquez Crashes
- Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) took his maiden MotoGP win in a dramatic Spanish Grand Prix, while Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) crashed out on lap 22.
Maverick Vinales (Monster Yamaha) finished 2nd position and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was 3rd.
Fabio Quartararo becomes the first French rider to win a 500GP/MotoGP race since Regis Laconi in Valencia in 1999, while this maiden success for Petronas SRT means it becomes the first non-factory Yamaha winner of the four-stroke era.
Beginning of the race, Maverick Vinales got a good start and took top position. Pole sitter Fabio Quartararo was 4th, following Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) and Marc Marquez. However, Marc Marquez ran wide on lap 3 and dropped down to 16th position.
Maverick Vinales made a mistake on lap 8 and Fabio Quartararo overtook him. While, Marc Marquez charged from 16th and recovered to 3rd position.
But he crashed out with a highside on lap 22, taken to the medical centre. MotoGP Traumatology Specialist Dr Mir said, “Marc Marquez has suffered an injury, it seems, from a direct impact of the tyre to the right arm, resulting in a fracture to the shaft of the humerus, a complete fracture although it isn't completely displaced, with some possible paralysis of the radial nerve, although we're not certain. This injury has been immobilised here for when they decide to move him to Barcelona to carry out a definitive treatment.”
Fabio Quartararo said, “It was a really tough race because first of all I didn't do a good start and I was fifth behind Pecco and Jack, we know that behind the Ducatis it is so tough to do our corner speed, especially in the last sectors, but I overtook them both at the last corner and then I saw Marc's mistake. It was difficult to catch Maverick, who did a small mistake at Turn 6 and then I make my own pace.
It feels amazing but strange to realise it, because there are no fans around the track, but as soon as I get down with the mechanics it will be exactly the same. We need to enjoy it today because it is not every day you have your first MotoGP victory.
Last year I was fighting with Marc until the last laps (in Misano and Thailand), but here finally it was totally different because I made a gap, so while it was easier to stay focused on the last lap because I was safer, but the last ten laps were the longest ten laps of my life to be focused in these conditions with the grip really low, so I am happy about the result.”
Gran Premio Red Bull de España Grand Prix Race Results
- Fabio Quartararo / Petronas Yamaha / 41m 23.796s
- Maverick Vinales / Monster Yamaha / 41m 28.399s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / 41m 29.742s
- Jack Miller / Pramac Ducati / 41m 30.464s
- Franco Morbidelli / Petronas Yamaha / 41m 30.64s
- Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM / 41m 30.734s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Pramac Ducati / 41m 36.823s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM Tech3 / 41m 37.237s
- Danilo Petrucci / Ducati Team / 41m 43.447s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 41m 45.349s
- Johann Zarco / Reale Avintia / 41m 48.896s
- Alex Marquez / Repsol Honda / 41m 51.146s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / 41m 53.436s
- Tito Raba / Reale Avintia / 41m 56.694s
- Bradley Smith / Aprilia Test Rider / 42m 3.478s
- source : Moto GP