Fabio Quartararo stormed to a sensational second place at this weekend’s Indonesian Grand Prix despite torrential conditions which saw the race delayed by over an hour. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Franco Morbidelli finished seventh, while rookie Darryn Binder romped to a top-ten finish in just his second race in the premier class.
Fans were treated to a MotoGP epic this weekend as the series returned to Indonesia for the first time in 25-years. Despite a lengthy delay to the shortened 20-lap Grand Prix after a pre-race deluge, the fans didn’t let that dampen their spirits as they prepared for a tense Grand Prix in Mandalika.
Setting a blistering pace in Qualifying to secure his first pole position since Catalunya last season, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo launched off the line perfectly – securing the holeshot and led the opening tour of the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit. Relinquishing the lead to Miguel Oliveira and Jack Miller on lap two, Quartararo then had to defend from Alex Rins before a mistake at the final corner on lap four saw the Frenchman lose a further two places.
A flurry of personal best lap times saw the 22-year-old re-pass Rins and he began reeling in the Ducatis of Johann Zarco and Jack Miller, joining the podium fight on lap 15. Wasting no time, the Frenchman executed two inch-perfect manoeuvres to move up to second. Putting the hammer down, he tried to catch run-away leader Miguel Oliveira, and while the gap came down slightly it wasn’t quite possible for the World Champion, who crossed the line in an impressive second place.
Team-mate Franco Morbidelli got a good start from his 14th place grid slot, moving up to sixth by the end of the opening lap. Slipping behind Joan Mir, the Italian continued to adapt to the conditions. Briefly losing a place to Jorge Martin, who later crashed, he pushed on and ultimately brought the YZR-M1 home in seventh position.
Experiencing a wet-weather MotoGP start for the first time, rookie Darryn Binder took it steady through the opening few corners, ending the first lap in 21st. Building confidence and getting quicker as the race went on, the 24-year-old had worked his way through to 13th by the halfway stage and he wasn’t finished there.
Passing Pol Espargaro, he continued his charge through the pack and set his sights on brother Brad Binder. Getting ahead of the KTM on lap 14, the battle went down to the wire with Binder eventually taking the chequered flag in a strong tenth place, 32.901 seconds from first.
After a promising start, Andrea Dovizioso was forced to retire from the Indonesian Grand Prix on lap seven with an electrical failure.
20 World Championship points sees Fabio Quartararo leap to third in the standings, just three points adrift from the top with Franco Morbidelli tenth. The WithU RNF Racing Yamahas head to Argentina with Darryn Binder in 13th and Andrea Dovizioso 18th in the standings. The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team leave Indonesia second in the team’s standings with RNF Racing in tenth. Yamaha sits third in the constructor championship with a 27 points total.
MotoGP heads to South America for round three at the Termas de Río Hondo Circuit across the weekend of April 1st-3rd.
Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia Race Results
1. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +2.205
3. Johann Zarco – Pramac Racing +3.158
4. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team +5.663
5. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +7.044
6. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR + 7.832
7. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +21.115
8. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +32.413
9. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing +32.586
10. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +32.901
11. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing MotoGP +33.116
12. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team +33.599
13. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda Castrol +33.735
14. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +34.991
15. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team +35.763
16. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing +37.97
17. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +41.915
18. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP +47.915
19. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU +49.471
20. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +49.473
21. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +55.964
NC. Jorge Martin – Pramac Racing 7 laps
NC. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 6 laps
2022 MotoGP World Championship Standings
1. Enea Bastianini - Gresini Racing MotoGP 30 points
2. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 28 points
3. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 27 points
4. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 25 points
5. Johann Zarco – Pramac Racing 24 points
6. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 20 points
7. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing 20 points
8. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 20 points
9. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 20 points
10. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 14 points
11. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team 13 points
12. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team 11 points
13. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF Racing Team 6 points
14. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU 6 points
15. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 5 points
16. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing 4 points
17. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda Castrol 3 points
18. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF Racing Team 2 points
19. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 1 point
20. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team 1 point
21. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 0 points
22. Fabio Di Giannantonio - Gresini Racing MotoGP 0 points
23. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 0 points
24. Jorge Martin – Pramac Racing 0 points