The racing over the weekend at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya certainly had its fair share of thrills and spills, with action and excitement aplenty for spectators.
First up, Fabio Quartararo achieved his first ever pole position in the premier class, riding for the PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team, in only their seventh MotoGP premier class outing. Freshly returned from surgery on his right forearm only 12 days prior to race weekend, he said his arm didn’t bother him too much on the bike. In the race, Quartararo dropped seven places after a bad start followed by a mistake in Turn
Fabio Quartararo – 2nd
“I’m very happy with what we’ve achieved today especially as it was a very hard race. We made our best start this
Repsol Honda Team rider Marc Marquez luckily escaped a big incident that saw Lorenzo crash out behind him in Turn 10 of the second lap,
Marc Marquez – 1st
“I chose the soft rear to try and push in the beginning and to try to not overheat the tyre but to try to be constant and fast. All of the Repsol Honda Team did a really good job this weekend; we worked hard and prepared well for the race. The team told me something had happened to Dovi, so I just kept pushing and focusing on my own race. We had the perfect strategy regardless and I want to thank all the fans who came out. Gracias! It’s always special when you can celebrate winning together with your brother, Alex rode well this weekend!”
Mission Winnow Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci, starting from P5 on the grid, was only a few metres behind teammate Andrea Dovizioso when the Italian rider was forced to retire in the combined crash at Turn 10. Luckily, Petrucci managed to avoid the tangle of bikes, gaining second position in the process. As the race progressed, Petrucci fought in close battles with first Alex Rins (Suzuki), swapping positions with the Suzuki several times before opening up a gap, then Quartararo, before eventually crossing the finish line in third place. The podium finish brings Petrucci’s Championship points total to 98, fourth overall, only 3 points behind Alex Rins (101) and 5 points behind team-mate Dovizioso (103).
Danilo Petrucci – 3rd
“After a great start, I took the lead and I was in a strategic position to ride the race we had planned. The rear
The next round of racing takes place in Assen in the Netherlands, scheduled for June 28-30, just over a month away.