PETRONAS Yamaha SRT’s Valentino Rossi enjoyed another points-finish in the Algarve GP this weekend, securing 13th place aboard the PETRONAS Yamaha. Team-mate Andrea Dovizioso also secured points in 14th while Franco Morbidelli missed out in 17th. MotoGP World Champion Fabio Quartararo crashed out of the race while chasing a top-five finish.
At a cooler Portimao circuit, World Champion Quartararo found himself eighth on the opening lap from seventh on the grid but quickly began his charge through the pack. Eager to fight for the podium positions, the 22-year-old dived underneath a wide Iker Lecuona and Pol Espargaro at turn one and began chasing down Alex Marquez for fifth.
The fastest lap of the race on lap three saw the gap to fifth decrease, but as the race went on he struggled to find his way through. As Jorge Martin battled with Marquez, the Yamaha rider was keen to get past, but couldn’t find a gap. Quartararo kept the pressure on Martin until he was forced to relinquish sixth position with a costly moment at turn 13, which saw him drop behind countryman Johann Zarco.
Recovering quickly from his mistake, Quartararo launched an attack on Zarco. Unable to make his pass stick, it was now Martin who was once again ahead of the number 20 rider. A hard but fair pass at turn three rewarded him sixth place once again, but as he pushed on to catch fifth place, he lost the front at turn five - ending his race three laps before a red flag ended the Grand Prix.
Valentino Rossi’s penultimate MotoGP race saw The Doctor collect three more World Championship points. Starting from 16th, Rossi completed the first half of the race inside the points before slipping back to 17th at the mid-way stage. Hopeful for a points finish, the 42-year-old raised his pace, passing his Yamaha counterpart Morbidelli for 15th. Picking up two more positions, the Italian continued to push on but, a crash for two competitors, which ended the race, halted his charge.
PETRONAS Yamaha team-mate, Andrea Dovizioso, finished the Grand Prix in 14th place. The 35-year-old continued to work on his M1 Yamaha throughout the weekend and was rewarded with two points after a solid race performance.
After a strong start, which saw Franco Morbidelli running inside the top 12, the Monster Energy Yamaha rider dropped out of the points by the mid-way stage, eventually finishing in 17th.
After a sensational 2021 MotoGP season, Yamaha secured second in the Constructors championship with one round to go, with a 298 points total. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP have it all to play for in the team’s standings at Valencia, sitting 28 points adrift.
The Yamaha MotoGP teams will now travel to the traditional season-finale venue at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia to conclude their 2021 MotoGP World Championship season.
Grande Prémio Brembo Do Algarve Race Results:
1. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team
2. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR + 2.478
3. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team +6.402
4. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL +6.453
5. Johann Zarco – Pramac Racing +7.882
6. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team +9.573
7. Jorge Martin – Pramac Racing +10.144
8. Alex Rins – Team Suzuki ECSTAR +10.742
9. Enea Bastianini – Avintia Esponsorama +13.840
10. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +14.487
11. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU +20.912
12. Luca Marini – SKY VR46 Avintia +22.450
13. Valentino Rossi – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT +22.752
14. Andrea Dovizioso – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT +26.207
15. Stefan Bradl – Repsol Honda Team +26.284
16. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +26.828
17. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
NC. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +1 lap
NC. Iker Lecuona – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing + 1 lap
NC. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +3 laps
NC. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini +16 laps
NC. Danilo Petrucci – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing +23 laps
2021 MotoGP World Championship Standings
1. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 267 points
2. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team 227 points
3. Joan Mir – Team Suzuki ECSTAR 195 points
4. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team 165 points
5. Johann Zarco – Pramac Racing 163 points
6. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team 142 points
7. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 142 points
8. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 113 points
9. Maverick Viñales - Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 106 points
10. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 100 points
11. Alex Rins – Team Suzuki ECSTAR 99 points
12. Enea Bastiainini – Avintia Esponsorama 94 points
13. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 92 points
14. Jorge Martin – Pramac Racing 91 points
15. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU 76 points
16. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL 67 points
17. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha 42 points
18. Luca Marini – SKY VR46 Avintia 41 points
19. Iker Lecuona – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing 38 points
20. Valentino Rossi – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 38 points
21. Danilo Petrucci – Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing 37 points
22. Stefan Bradl – Repsol Honda Team 14 points
23. Michele Pirro – Ducati Lenovo Team 12 points
24. Andrea Dovizioso – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 8 points
25. Dani Pedrosa – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 6 points
26. Lorenzo Savadori – Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 4 points
27. Tito Rabat – Pramac Racing 1 point
28. Cal Crutchlow – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 0 points
29. Garrett Gerloff – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 0 points
30. Jake Dixon – PETRONAS Yamaha SRT 0 points