Returning to America, Quartararo made a strong start as he looked to get his elbows out early on. Running inside the top six, the Frenchman found himself caught up in a battle with Alex Rins and Joan Mir, eventually relinquishing the positions on lap five – dropping to eighth.
Settling into a rhythm, the 22-year-old didn’t let the leading group out of sight and began to push in the second half of the race. Closing the gap to compatriot Johann Zarco to just two-tenths, the Yamaha rider made his move at turn seven with an aggressive pass up the inside. Slipping behind Marc Marquez, Quartararo repeated his turn seven move on Jorge Martin, reclaiming seventh place.
Keeping the pressure on Marquez, the rider from Nice aimed to get ahead, but two unsuccessful manoeuvres left the 2021 World Champion in seventh, where he eventually finished.
WithU Yamaha RNF Racing’s Andrea Dovizioso didn’t have the Grand Prix he wished for. Promising performances over the weekend left the Italian hopeful of a strong result, but he found the going tough in the windier conditions – finishing in 15th. The experienced Italian didn’t get the best of starts and was 17th at the mid-way stage. Fighting his way up to 15th, Dovizioso conceded a position to Morbidelli, but would later get it back after Morbidelli was handed a penalty.
Looking to bounce back from a puncture in Argentina, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Franco Morbidelli also underwent a tough Texan encounter. The Italian pushed hard throughout the 20-lap race, arriving at the chequered flag in 15th, but was demoted to 16th for exceeding track limits on the final lap.
South Africa’s Darryn Binder finished the American Grand Prix in 22nd position after an electronics issue forced him to pull into the pits with four laps remaining.
Fabio Quartararo heads to Europe in two weeks’ time sat fifth in the riders’ standings with 44 points in total, while Morbidelli, Dovizioso and Binder sit in 15th, 19th and 21st place respectively.
MotoGP heads to the iconic Portimao circuit in two weeks’ time as the MotoGP circus returns to the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve from April 22-24 for the Grande Prémio de Portugal.
Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas result
1. Enea Bastianini - Gresini Racing MotoGP
2. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +2.058
3. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team +2.312
4. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +3.975
5. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team +6.045
6. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team +6.617
7. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +6.760
8. Jorge Martin – Pramac Racing +8.441
9. Johann Zarco – Pramac Racing +12.375
10. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing 12.642
11. Aleix Espargaro – Aprila Racing +12.947
12. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +13.376
13. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team +17.961
14. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU +18.770
15. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +29.319
16. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +29.129
17. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +29.630
18. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +32.002
19. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +37.062
20. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +42.442
21. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP +42.887
22. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +102.171
NC. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda Castrol
NC. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team
2022 MotoGP World Championship Standings
1. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing MotoGP 61 points
2. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 56 points
3. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing 50 points
4. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 46 points
5. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 44 points
6. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 42 points
7. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team 31 points
8. Johann Zarco – Pramac Racing 31 points
9. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 28 points
10. Jorge Martin – Pramac Racing 28 points
11. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 23 points
12. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team 23 points
13. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team 21 points
14. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing 19 points
15. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 15 points
16. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU 12 points
17. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 10 points
18. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 7 points
19. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 6 points
20. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda Castrol 4 points
21. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 2 points
22. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 1 point
23. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 0 points
24. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing 0 points
25. Stefan Bradl – Honda HRC 0 points