Fabio Quartararo delivered a titanic Tuscan display this weekend, storming to a fourth podium of the season with second place at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, which saw him extend his series lead to eight points.
Starting from sixth on the grid after braving the challenging conditions on Saturday, Quartararo made a solid start, settling into fourth before being shuffled back to fifth at the end of lap one. Running in the leading group, the 23-year-old wasted no time as he began his charge forward, firstly picking off Aleix Espargaro before swiftly passing Fabio Di Giannantonio and Luca Marini by the fourth lap.
Pushing hard, Quartararo relinquished the runner-up spot on lap six, falling behind Francesco Bagnaia on the run into San Donato. He was then locked in battle with Marini, with the pair trading places, but Quartararo didn’t give up. Playing to the strengths of his late braking, the Frenchman began to open a gap, and by lap 11, the Yamaha rider was through on Marco Bezzecchi and up to second.
With the gap to Bagnaia ahead just over a second, the rider from Nice continued to push, hoping his harder Michelin tyre would give him the advantage needed as he managed to break away from his pursuers. Continuing to reduce the gap, Quartararo couldn’t get quite close enough to launch an attack on leader Bagnaia, ultimately crossing the line in second place, 0.635 seconds behind.
WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team’s Darryn Binder enjoyed a positive race on Sunday, crossing the line just outside of the points in 16th. Like Quartararo, he too made a strong start to the 24-lap race, quickly settling into a rhythm. But after he crashed under yellow flag in free practice three on Saturday morning, the South African had to complete a long lap penalty, which he took on lap three.
Returning to action in 22nd place, the former Moto3 race-winner got his head down; matching the lap times of the top 12 as he worked his way up to 16th, where he ultimately ended the Grand Prix.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Franco Morbidelli endured a tricky Grand Prix. Racing in front of his home crowd, the Italian hoped to make progress in the early stages but found the going tough. Running outside of the top 20 and determined to secure a strong result in his and the teams’ home round, Morbidelli battled on, ultimately crossing the line in 17th.
Like Morbidelli, Andrea Dovizioso also had a difficult race. A wrong tyre choice in Saturday’s mixed Q1 left the experienced Italian down the order but he made progress early in Sunday’s encounter. Opting to run the medium front tyre, Dovizioso pushed on and eventually crossed the finish line in 20th position.
Quartararo’s second place sees the Frenchman extend his advantage atop of the standings, sitting eight points clear with 122 points. Franco Morbidelli lies 19th with Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder in 21st and 22nd places respectively.
There’s no rest for the MotoGP teams who will travel to Barcelona for the Catalan Grand Prix across the weekend of 3-5th June.
Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley Results:
1. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team
2. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +0.635
3. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing +1.983
4. Johann Zarco – Prima Pramac Racing +2.590
5. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +3.067
6. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +3.875
7. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +4.067
8. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU +10.944
9. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +11.256
10. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team +11.800
11. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP +12.916
12. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing +12.917
13. Jorge Martin – Prima Pramac Racing +17.240
14. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda Castrol +17.568
15. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team +17.687
16. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +20.265
17. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +20.296
18. Michele Pirro – Aruba.it Racing +21.305
19. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +30.548
20. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +31.011
21. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +42.723
22. Lorenzo Savadori – Aprilia Racing +1 Lap
MotoGP World Championship Standings
1. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 122 points
2. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing 114 points
3. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing MotoGP 94 points
4. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo team 81 points
5. Johann Zarco – Prima Pramac Racing 75 points
6. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 69 points
7. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 65 points
8. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team 63 points
9. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team 60 points
10. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 56 points
11. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 50 points
12. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 40 points
13. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU 38 points
14. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing 37 points
15. Jorge Martin – Prima Pramac Racing 31 points
16. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 31 points
17. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 30 points
18. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda Castrol 20 points
19. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 19 points
20. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP 8 points
21. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 8 points
22. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 6 points
23. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 3 points
24. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 0 points
25. Michele Pirro – Aruba.it Racing 0 points
26. Stefan Bradl – Team HRC 0 points
27. Lorenzo Savadori – Aprilia Racing 0 points