Today‘s Sprint at the Le Mans Bugatti Circuit was a rollercoaster of emotions for the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team as well as the passionate French fans. Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo were off to a strong start in the 13-lap dash, but their hard work wasn‘t rewarded in the end. Morbidelli went on to finish in 13th place, while Quartararo suffered an unlucky crash, ending his run early.
Morbidelli knew he had a challenge on his hands, starting from P17 on grid. He had set the goal to get as many overtakes in as he could early on in the 13-lap Sprint. He stuck to his plan, and despite the usual tight squeeze in the busy mid pack, he navigated the situation expertly, moving up to P12 on the opening lap.
However, Morbido struggled to keep the momentum. Though a number of rivals ahead of him crashed out of the race, the Italian remained stuck in thirteenth position. Unable to make strides, he focused on finishing the Sprint and took the chequered flag 15.121s from first.
Quartararo didn‘t have the best of starts from P13, dropping a few positions, but recovered over the course of the first lap and was back in 13th by the end of it. He then overtook teammate Morbidelli, and with Jack Miller crashing out, the Frenchman was in eleventh place.
Things were looking up for El Diablo at the time. Three rivals ahead of him were fully immersed into battling amongst themselves, allowing the Yamaha man to catch up. When Alex Marquez got tangled up with the two Aprilias and crashed, Quartararo made the most of the opportunity and moved up to eighth. But disaster struck on lap 10 in Turn 9. The home hero lost the front, crashing out of the Sprint. The fans were relieved to see him quickly back up on his feet, but he was unable to rejoin.
Today‘s result sees Quartararo in 11th in the overall standings with 40 points. Morbidelli is in 12th place with 34 points. The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team are 6th in the team championship with 74 points, and Yamaha remain fifth in the constructor‘s championship with 49 points.
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP teammates will be back in action at the Le Mans track tomorrow, with the MotoGP Warm Up starting from 09:45 – 09:55 local track time (GMT +2) and the Race starting at 14:00.