After a faultless performance and an exceptional last lap, Franco Morbidelli took his third victory of 2020 at the Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana. Unfortunately team-mate Fabio Quartararo’s Valencia race was brought to an early end, due to a Turn 6 crash on lap nine. PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team have secured the Independent Teams title for the second year running.
It was a perfect start for Morbidelli, who maintained his lead from pole position on the opening lap and started setting fastest laps early on. Holding station at the front of the field, the Italian was able to extend the gap to over a second ahead of the closest rider at the mid-point of the race. Managing the lead until the final lap Franco put in an exceptional last effort to hold off Jack Miller and take his third victory of 2020. Morbidelli is now second in the world standings with 142 points.
Team-mate Quartararo was forced wide in Turn 2 on the opening lap, when riders bunched together on track, dropping him down to last place. The Frenchman was quick to start making a few places back, but he had his work cut out to make his way through the field. Unfortunately, Fabio’s race came to an early end with a Turn 6 crash on lap nine. With 125 points to his name, Quartararo is now fifth in the riders’ standings with one race to go.
PETRONAS Yamaha SRT will go into the Grande Prémio de Portugal next weekend (20-22 November), the final MotoGP round of the year, as 2020 Independent Team champions.