After confirming a two-year contract extension with the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team on Thursday, Quartararo secured a commanding second win of the season on Sunday, taking the chequered flag 6.473 seconds clear of his nearest rival.
Starting the 24-lap Grand Prix from the front row, Quartararo made the perfect start, taking the lead on the long run to Turn one. Avoiding the opening turn collision, the French rider settled into his rhythm and instantly began to gap his rivals. Sitting comfortably ahead at the mid-way stage, the rider from Nice continued to push on, all while managing the drop of his Michelin medium rear tyre in the soaring Spanish sun.
The 23-year-old controlled the race, setting consistent laps in the 1’40s, continued to grow the gap as he ran a lonely but faultless race. Quartararo crossed the line to take a career third GP victory in Barcelona, seeing him extend his series lead to 22 points.
WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team’s Darryn Binder secured more points in his debut season with a strong 12th in Barcelona. The South African started the race from the eighth row and capitalised on the first lap collision, finishing the opening tour in 13th.
Working his way to the cusp of the top ten by lap 12, Binder found himself hard in battle with Jack Miller and his fellow rookie Remy Gardner. Working his way back up the order after relinquishing positions, the South African crossed the line in 12th place, narrowly missing out on top rookie and securing four World Championship points.
It was a challenging weekend for Italian Franco Morbidelli, who after a promising start on Friday, fought back into the points in 13th. Losing time in the opening corner after avoiding a collision, the number 21 rider dropped to the back of the field. Determined to score a positive result for the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team, who shared the event title sponsor, he then began his comeback through the field.
Pushing his way through to 16th, Morbidelli quickly worked his way into the points, passing Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaro on lap 13. Pushing on, the Italian was unable to make any further headway, crossing the line in 13th, securing three crucial championship points.
Andrea Dovizioso had a Catalan Grand Prix to forget after the Italian retired from the race on lap 16 due to an issue with the front tyre.
A maximum 25 points sees Fabio Quartararo extend his championship lead to 22 points, with 147 points in total. Franco Morbidelli heads to Germany in 19th with 22 points, as Darryn Binder moves into the top 20 with ten points. Andrea Dovizioso lies 22nd in the overall standings.
After taking on the Catalan test on Monday, the MotoGP paddock will take a short break before heading to Sachsenring, Germany, for round ten at the shortest circuit on the calendar.
Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Results
1. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
2. Jorge Martin – Prima Pramac Racing +6.473
3. Johann Zarco – Prima Pramac Racing +8.385
4. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +11.481
5. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing +14.395
6. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +15.430
7. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing +15.975
8. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +21.436
9. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +26.800
10. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL +30.460
11. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +32.443
12. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +32.881
13. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +33.168
14. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team +34.693
15. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +37.844
16. Michele Pirro – Aruba.it Racing +44.533
17. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 46.199
NC. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 17 laps
NC. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP 8 laps
NC. Enea Bastianini - Gresini Racing MotoGP 7 laps
NC. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 5 laps
NC. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team 1 lap
NC. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU 0 laps
NC. Stefan Bradl – Repsol Honda Team 0 laps
NC. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 0 laps
MotoGP 2022 World Championship Standings
1. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 147 points
2. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing 125 points
3. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing MotoGP 94 points
4. Johann Zarco – Prima Pramac Racing 91 points
5. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team 81 points
6. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 73 points
7. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 69 points
8. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 69 points
9. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team 65 points
10. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team 60 points
11. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 57 points
12. Jorge Martin – Prima Pramac Racing 51 points
13. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing 46 points
14. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 41 points
15. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 40 points
16. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMTISU 38 points
17. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 30 points
18. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL 26 points
19. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 22 points
20. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 10 points
21. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP 8 points
22. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 8 points
23. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 8 points
24. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 1 point
25. Michele Pirro – Aruba.it Racing 0 points
26. Stefan Bradl – Repsol Honda Team 0 points
27. Lorenzo Savadori – Aprilia Racing 0 points