Andalusia MotoGP: Quartararo dominates race of survival at Jerez

Fabio Quartararo dominated a brutal MotoGP Andalusian Grand Prix, with Maverick Vinales beating Valentino Rossi for the first all-Yamaha podium since 2014

Andalusia MotoGP: Quartararo dominates race of survival at Jerez

The extreme heat caused a high rate of attrition through accidents and mechanical issues, though Petronas SRT's Quartararo avoided all of that to ease to his second-successive win to seize command in the championship.

Quartararo got into Turn 1 first from pole off the line, with Vinales and Valentino Rossi making it a Yamaha 1-2-3 in the early laps.

Vinales ran wide at the last corner at the end of the lap, allowing team-mate Rossi to move ahead and Quartararo to quickly put daylight behind him.

By lap five, Quartararo was 2.1.s clear as Vinales struggled to pass Rossi, while the Pramac Ducati pair of Jack Miller and Francesco Bagnaia closed in.

Vinales - who looked one of the strongest throughout practice - couldn't find a way by Rossi, who kept second with his ability to brake better than his team-mate.

All of this allowed Quartararo to be four seconds clear by lap 10, while Bagnaia pounced on a mistake for Vinales at Turn 6 when the Yamaha ran wide to take second.

Rossi had managed to gap the chasing Bagnaia and Vinales, but his old problem of rear tyre preservation began to foil him at around 12 laps into the race and was soon fall to Bagnaia when he ran wide at Turn 6.

Bagnaia was able to gap Rossi by over two seconds, but was denied a maiden podium on lap 20 when his Ducati developed a technical issue.

Vinales rallied and hounded a struggling Rossi, and finally made a move stick on lap 24 when Rossi ran wide at Turn 9.

Quartararo cruised to the chequered flag, with Vinales heading Rossi for the first all-Yamaha podium in MotoGP since 2014.

LCR's Takaaki Nakagami put on a late charge for a debut podium on Rossi, but couldn't quite surmount the 41-year-old Yamaha rider and had to settle for a career-best fourth.

Joan Mir got his Suzuki to fifth ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who recovered from 14th on the grid amidst the chaos that unfolded ahead.

Pol Espargaro was the sole KTM at the finish in seventh at the end of a miserable day for KTM, with Brad Binder crashing out - having wiped out Tech3's Miguel Oliveira at the start - and Iker Lecuona falling off early on.

Alex Marquez rose from last to eighth on the sole remaining Repsol Honda, after reigning world champion brother Marc pulled out on Saturday due to his recently broken arm.

Johann Zarco was ninth on the Avintia Ducati, while Alex Rins heroically got his Suzuki into 10th despite riding with a fractured shoulder.

Tito Rabat (Avintia), Aprilia's Bradley Smith and the injured Cal Crutchlow (LCR) were the last of the 13 survivors.

SRT's Franco Morbidelli was on course for a debut podium having hounded Rossi in the latter stages, but was forced out by an engine issue similar to the one which took Rossi out of last week's Jerez race.

Miller crashed out of the podium fight at Turn 9 on lap 11, while Danilo Petrucci on the factory team Ducati and Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro also slid into retirement.

Andalusia Grand Prix race results - 25 laps:

Pos Rider Team Gap
1 Fabio Quartararo Petronas Yamaha 41m22.666s
2 Maverick Vinales Yamaha 4.495s
3 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 5.546s
4 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda 6.113s
5 Joan Mir Suzuki 7.693s
6 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 12.554s
7 Pol Espargaro KTM 17.488s
8 Alex Marquez Honda 19.357s
9 Johann Zarco Avintia Ducati 23.523s
10 Alex Rins Suzuki 27.091s
11 Tito Rabat Avintia Ducati 33.628s
12 Bradley Smith Aprilia 36.306s
13 Cal Crutchlow LCR Honda 1 Lap
- Francesco Bagnaia Pramac Ducati Retirement
- Franco Morbidelli Petronas Yamaha Retirement
- Brad Binder KTM Retirement
- Danilo Petrucci Ducati Retirement
- Jack Miller Pramac Ducati Retirement
- Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Retirement
- Iker Lecuona Tech3 KTM Retirement
- Miguel Oliveira Tech3 KTM Retirement
- Marc Marquez Honda Withdrawn


shares
comments
MotoGP Andalusia Grand Prix - How to watch, start time & more

Previous article

MotoGP Andalusia Grand Prix - How to watch, start time & more

Next article

Andalusia MotoGP: Rossi overcomes Yamaha "politics" in podium return

Andalusia MotoGP: Rossi overcomes Yamaha "politics" in podium return
Load comments

About this article

Series MotoGP
Drivers Fabio Quartararo
Teams AB Motoracing
Author Lewis Duncan
Why Alex Marquez doesn't care about 'shutting up' MotoGP critics Plus

Why Alex Marquez doesn't care about 'shutting up' MotoGP critics

Alex Marquez's form was one of MotoGP 2020's biggest surprises and, by firmly stepping out of his six-time world champion brother Marc's shadow, proved a few people wrong. Not that he cares about this, as he tells LEWIS DUNCAN...

MotoGP
Feb 20, 2021
How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales Plus

How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales

After the electrifying start to his Yamaha MotoGP career in 2017, Maverick Vinales has struggled for consistency. Many anticipate that the arrival of Fabio Quartararo could spell disaster, but the departure of Valentino Rossi could be just the impetus he needs

MotoGP
Feb 16, 2021
Does KTM really need 'super engine' for MotoGP title challenge? Plus

Does KTM really need 'super engine' for MotoGP title challenge?

Fears from rival MotoGP manufacturers that KTM would build a 'super engine' for 2021 have ultimately come to nothing with the revealation that the RC16 hasn't been radically changed over the winter. But does it really need that to win the title?

MotoGP
Feb 13, 2021
How Ducati can channel Stoner with its latest MotoGP Aussie Plus

How Ducati can channel Stoner with its latest MotoGP Aussie

OPINION: Australians on Ducatis is an iconic partnership, the marque's last one yielding its sole MotoGP crown to date. But its latest Aussie union with the often underestimated Jack Miller can end this drought

MotoGP
Feb 10, 2021
The "balls out" battle between MotoGP's true greats Plus

The "balls out" battle between MotoGP's true greats

Senna vs Prost is regularly cited as motorsport's greatest rivalry. But it can easily be argued Rainey vs Schwantz can stake that claim. That rivalry was in full swing during the 1991 500cc season, remembered fondly by both stars 30 years on...

MotoGP
Jan 19, 2021
The "warrior" MotoGP rookie KTM was right to back Plus

The "warrior" MotoGP rookie KTM was right to back

The 2020 MotoGP campaign featured a standout pair of rookies, but one flew under the radar as he adjusted to a shock step-up armed with very little racing experience. However as his veteran team boss explains, the faith shown in him was not misplaced

MotoGP
Jan 18, 2021
Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within Plus

Why Suzuki's Brivio replacement must come from within

With its charismatic leader Davide Brivio leaving for F1, the Suzuki MotoGP squad he turned into a world championship-winning force in 2020 has a major recruitment headache that it needs to resolve carefully to build on the foundations Brivio built up

MotoGP
Jan 8, 2021
Why Binder was destined to lead KTM in MotoGP Plus

Why Binder was destined to lead KTM in MotoGP

Brad Binder's debut MotoGP season featured extreme highs and a few rookie errors. The South African gives no excuses for his errors, but it is precisely this trait that explains why KTM believes he is the right man to lead its post-Pol Espargaro era

MotoGP
Jan 6, 2021