A MotorLand Aragón masterclass from Franco Morbidelli saw him take his second MotoGP victory today, PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s fifth of the year, after controlling the race from lights to flag. Team-mate Fabio Quartararo ended the Gran Premio de Teruel eighth.
It was a perfect start for Morbidelli, who moved into the lead on the first lap and settled into a consistently fast rhythm, setting several fastest laps in the early stages. The Italian comfortably controlled the race and was able to break away from the rest of the field, before increasing the gap to the closest challenger on track: Alex Rins. Taking his second MotoGP victory by 2.205secs, Franco moves up to fourth in the riders’ standings and reduces his points deficit to 25.
Quartararo was able to gain a place at the start of the 23-lap race, but moved down to seventh in the opening laps. Although he dropped one place on lap 10, the Frenchman defended hard from those riders behind him and was able to maintain his eighth place throughout the race. Although the tyres started to lose grip in the closing stages, Fabio was able to cross the line eighth and maintain his second place in the world championship standings.
The Gran Premio de Europa, the first of two back-to-back races at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, will be next for the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT pair. Before the final triple-header of the year gets underway on 6-8 November, the duo will enjoy one week of rest.