Quartararo made a strong start and was able to settle into the fight for fifth place early on in the race despite racing a MotoGP machine for the first time in mixed wet and dry conditions. Closing down and overtaking a number of riders, he was able to come home in a strong seventh place just behind fellow Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi.
It was a less fortunate day for team-mate Franco Morbidelli though, after a first lap incident with Johan Zarco sent him and Joan Mir into the gravel. Frustrated about being denied the chance to show his potential on a day when he felt like he could be strong, he’s keen to take some important set-up lessons from the weekend and build on a positive feeling with his Yamaha YZR-M1 next time out.
He doesn’t have long to wait, either, with the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT squad back on track tomorrow at Brno for a one-day official test, before heading to the next round of the 2019 MotoGP action at the Red Bull Ring. Practice for the Austrian Grand Prix gets underway next Friday 9th August.