Quartararo, who started from pole, dropped seven positions at the start but was soon to work back up the order. The French rider showed his great race pace and composure to regain the lost ground and prevail in a thrilling battle for second place. The 20-year-old claimed his first podium in MotoGP in only his – and the team’s – seventh race in the class, and is now 9th in the overall standings with 51 points.
Morbidelli was forced to retire from the Catalan GP when he low-sided at Turn 7 with eight laps remaining. He had been aiming for his fourth top ten finish of the year. He escaped unhurt from the fall, and is 12th in the World Championship with 34 points.
PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team, Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli will be back in action tomorrow at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit for a test day to prepare the Dutch GP, which takes place in Assen on June 28th-30th.