Fabio Quartararo returned to the podium this weekend as he put in an attacking performance from the start at the 28-lap Austrian Grand Prix. The Frenchman claimed second place aboard his Yamaha M1. Team-mate Franco Morbidelli put in a strong race, but it was ultimately cut short after a crash at turn two with three laps remaining. WithU Yamaha’s Andrea Dovizioso finished in 15th whilst Darryn Binder crashed out at the halfway stage.
MotoGP returned to the Red Bull Ring this weekend as round 13 of the MotoGP World Championship commenced in the Styrian mountains. A new chicane to learn, and variable weather conditions presented a fresh challenge.
Qualifying fifth on Saturday, Quartararo didn’t make the start he had hoped for, holding position in the opening corners before eventually slipping to sixth at the end of the opening lap. Demonstrating strong pace across the weekend, the Frenchman kept his cool as he looked to get the most from his hard and medium tyre combination. Re-claiming fifth when Maverick Viñales ran wide, the 23-year-old pushed on, catching the leading Ducatis.
A problem for Enea Bastianini saw Quartararo promoted to fourth before making a sensational pair of passes, first on Jorge Martin and then Jack Miller at the new turn 2a and 2b chicane to claim second with five laps to go. Despite giving his all, the gap to Francesco Bagnaia was ultimately too large, leaving the world champion to claim second, just four-tenths adrift of the victor.
WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team’s Andrea Dovizioso enjoyed a stronger race aboard his M1. The Italian, competing in his penultimate Grand Prix before retiring at his home race in Misano, battled hard to secure one point for 15th place.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Franco Morbidelli enjoyed a positive race before an unfortunate crash ended his race early. A strong race pace from the Italian saw him running inside the points and catching the trio ahead, but a mistake whilst passing Miguel Oliveira left the 27-year-old wanting more. Sadly, a crash at turn 2 ended his race with four laps to go.
After a strong start, team-mate Darryn Binder suffered a crash a turn nine at the mid-way stage of the race.
Securing 20 points, Quartararo sees his advantage at the top increase to 28 points while Morbidelli stays in 19th with 26 points. Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder lie in 21st and 22nd places respectively. After Round 13, Yamaha remains second with 200 points in the Constructor championship, and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP keep third in the Team championship with 226 points.
The Yamaha MotoGP teams will be back in action on 2-4 September for Round 14 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, held at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
2022 Austrian Grand Prix Results
1. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team
2. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +0.492
3. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team +2.163
4. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +8.348
5. Johann Zarco – Prima Pramac Racing +8.821
6. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing +11.287
7. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 11.642
8. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +11.780
9. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +16.987
10. Jorge Martin – Prima Pramac Racing +17.144
11. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP +17.471
12. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +18.035
13. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing +20.012
14. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL +26.880
15. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +29.744
16. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team +30.994
17. Stefan Bradl – Repsol Honda Team +37.960
18. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +42.082
19. Lorenzo Savadori – Aprilia Racing Test Team +46.666
20. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +1 lap
NC. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +3 laps
NC. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +16 laps
NC. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU +19 laps
NC. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing MotoGP +22 laps
NC. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +28 laps
MotoGP World Championship Standings
1. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 200 points
2. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing 168 points
3. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team 156 points
4. Johann Zarco – Prima Pramac Racing 125 points
5. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team 123 points
6. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing MotoGP 118 points
7. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 107 points
8. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 92 points
9. Jorge Martin – Prima Pramac Racing 87 points
10. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 85 points
11. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing 85 points
12. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 77 points
13. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 69 points
14. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 68 points
15. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team 60 points
16. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU 45 points
17. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 42 points
18. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL 29 points
19. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 26 points
20. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP 23 points
21. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU RNF MotoGP Team 11 points
22. Darryn Binder – WithU RNF MotoGP Team 10 points
23. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 9 points
24. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 5 points
25. Stefan Bradl – Repsol Honda Team 0 points
26. Michele Pirro – Aruba.it Racing 0 points
27. Lorenzo Savadori – Aprilia Racing 0 points