Quartararo stuns in MotoGP opening and triumphs in Jerez!
The Petronas Yamaha driver, the team of the Dutch manager Wilco Zeelenberg, celebrated his first ever victory in the royal class of motorsport.
Fabio Quartararo trained pole position in Jerez on Saturday afternoon for Maverick Viñales and ruling Marc Marquez. However, the best start in the first race of the season was for Viñales, who had an excellent start from the second start.
Quartararo was pushed a bit backwards by the Ducati riders at the start of the race. Viñales put his battle plan into practice at the front and tried to thin out the group at the front in the opening phase of the race. The group managed to thin out, but Marquez kept the connection. In the third round, Marquez thought it was good and attacked his fellow countryman and took over the lead and tried to drive away from his pursuers. Two laps Marquez tried to increase the pace and drive away, but really did not break away from Viñales on the official Yamaha factory racing team motobike.
In the fifth round, Marquez then made a mistake. In the quick fourth left turn, Marquez flew off the track and an amazing save kept the driver upright and dropped back to sixteenth place. The battle for victory was wide open with Viñales in the lead for Quartararo and Miller. The pursuers joined Viñales when it quickly became clear that the factory driver could not maintain his pace because of a wrong choice of his front tire. The pace of the Petronas pilot meant that Miller also had to release. At the end of the fourteenth lap, the difference was two seconds and Quartararo knew this was his best chance for the first MotoGP victory. Fabio Quartararo came through the finals with a 4.6 second lead and took his first victory in the top division of the road racing team the Motogp.