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Race winner Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing
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Why Quartararo's Portugal win wasn't only vital for his MotoGP title hopes

Fabio Quartararo got his MotoGP title defence off the ground in the Portuguese Grand Prix as a dominant first win of 2022 rocketed him to the top of the standings. While a significant result in terms of his title hopes, it has come at an even more important time in terms of his 2023 contract negotiations

Having romped to five wins in 2021 on his way to becoming France’s first ever MotoGP world champion, few would have thought it would take until the fifth round of 2022 at the Portuguese Grand Prix before Fabio Quartararo stood on the top step of the podium. Not since last August’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone has La Marseillaise rung out over a circuit PA to celebrate a Quartararo victory.

The start to 2022 has been far tougher than Yamaha would have hoped. But for most onlookers – and perhaps even Quartararo himself – it wasn’t unexpected. Yamaha made little inroads in finding more horsepower from its 2022 bike, having regularly occupied the bottom of MotoGP’s speed charts in 2021.

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