It was a day to forget for the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team. Crashes by Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli spoilt their chances to score championship points. Neither were able to finish the race.
Quartararo had a strong start from P2 and headed into the first corner side by side with Francesco Bagnaia but went a bit wide. It put him in the clutches of Aleix Espargaró. The duo battled on the opening lap, allowing the race leader to break away. The Yamaha man completed the first lap in third place, with a bit of a gap to second, but he was ready to fight back. He set a new fastest race lap on lap 3, underlining his eagerness.
But disaster struck with 22 laps to go when the Frenchman collided with Espargaró in Turn 5. He was able to rejoin the race but found himself in last place. He checked in at the pits if anything could be done and quickly headed back out again in the hope of collecting some championship points, but a second crash on lap 11 in Turn 5 again ended his race early.
Morbidelli started the race from P20 and kept his position in the opening lap. Fully immersed in the race, he waited five laps before getting in his long-lap penalty given to him for obstructing Enea Bastianini in FP2. But it was too late, and he was given a second long-lap penalty. He fell back to 23rd place.
The Italian was keen to bridge the gap to the riders in front of him. However, he too fell victim to Turn 5. Similar to his teammate, he was initially able to resume riding, but soon after retired from the race with 18 laps to go.
Today‘s results see Quartararo‘s lead in the championship standings reduced to 21 points, with his 172 points total, while Morbidelli remains in 19th with 25 points. After Round 11, Yamaha remain second with 172 points in the Constructor championship, and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP now are in shared second position with 197 points in the Team championship.
After a five-week summer break, the team will be back in action on 5-7 August for Round 12 of the 2022 Moto2 World Championship, held at the Silverstone Circuit, UK.
Quartararo was given a long-lap penalty sanction for the British GP following the incident involving Aleix Espargaró on lap 3. The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team put in an appeal but Race Direction was not swayed.