Quartararo was once again able to spend almost all of the race in front, converting his pole position into the race lead with a blistering start. Defending from Marquez until the final lap of the race, the newly-crowned world champion was just able to make a move in the few corners, leaving Quartararo to settle for second place for the second time in three races. The result helps consolidate his lead in the rookie of the year and Independent Riders’ championship, as well as moving him to only two points from sixth in the overall title fight.
Morbidelli also enjoyed a strong race, getting a strong start of his own to spend much of the race battling for fourth place. Eventually dropping back just a little as the race progressed, he was able to rally again towards the end to secure sixth place and yet more valuable points for the team to extend PETRONAS Yamaha SRT’s lead in the Independent Teams’ championship in their first year in the premier class.
The 2019 MotoGP World Championship continues at the Grand Prix of Japan on 20th October, with practice kicking off at the Twin Ring Motegi on 18th October.