The Thai Grand Prix proved to be a difficult challenge for the Yamaha MotoGP teams, with Fabio Quartararo suffering a blow to his championship defence, crossing the line in 17th place. Team-mate Franco Morbidelli secured points in 13th while Cal Crutchlow and Darryn Binder finished in 19th and 21st places respectively.
After sessions throughout the weekend taking place in dry conditions, heavy rain hit the Chang International Circuit on Sunday afternoon, forcing severe delays to the 25-lap Grand Prix.
Launching from the second row on the grid after powering to fourth in Saturday’s qualifying session, Fabio Quartararo had a challenging start, being beaten up on the opening lap as he braved the challenging conditions. Sat up onto the wet kerbs at turn four, the Frenchman lost drive, dropping him to 17th by the end of the opening lap.
Keeping a calm head, the 23-year-old pushed on, aiming to take points and limit the damage done to his championship lead. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the series leader, he was unable to make headway and crossed the line in 17th place. The Frenchman maintains the lead of the standings by two points ahead of the final three rounds.
Team-mate Franco Morbidelli made a strong start from 14th on the grid, fighting his way to 12th at the end of the opening lap. As the race developed, and the track began to dry out, Morbidelli worked his way through to 11th before breaking inside the top ten by picking off Raul Fernandez on lap ten. As conditions dried, the Italian began to gradually slip back, ultimately holding on to 13th to secure three World Championship points.
Cal Crutchlow and Darryn Binder both encountered a difficult race. The WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team duo fought valiantly but sadly missed out on a points finish with the pair crossing the line in 19th and 21st places respectively.
Fabio Quartararo remains atop of the MotoGP World Championship standings but sees his lead cut to two points. Yamaha is third in the constructors' championship while Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP sit fifth in the teams’ standings.
The MotoGP paddock will now take a short break before returning to action in Phillip Island for round 18 of the season.
MotoGP Thai Grand Prix Results
1. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team +0.730
3. Francesco Bagnaia - Ducati Lenovo Team +1.968
4. Johann Zarco – Prima Pramac Racing +2.490
5. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team +2.958
6. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing MotoGP +13.257
7. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing +14.466
8. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL +14.861
9. Jorge Martin – Prima Pramac Racing +15.365
10. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing +18.097
11. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing +19.041
12. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +19.659
13. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +22.439
14. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team +23.646
15. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing +30.483
16. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +33.466
17. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP +34.072
18. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP +36.203
19. Cal Crutchlow – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team +36.532
20. Danilo Petrucci – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR +42.508
21. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP +49.992
22. Tetsuta Nagashima – LCR Honda IDEMITSU +51.346
23. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team +2 laps
NC. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 14 laps
MotoGP 2022 Championship Standings
1. Fabio Quartararo – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 219 points
2. Francesco Bagnaia – Ducati Lenovo Team 217 points
3. Aleix Espargaro – Aprilia Racing 199 points
4. Enea Bastianini – Gresini Racing 180 points
5. Jack Miller – Ducati Lenovo Team 179 points
6. Brad Binder – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 154 points
7. Johann Zarco – Prima Pramac Racing 151 points
8. Miguel Oliveira – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 131 points
9. Jorge Martin – Prima Pramac Racing 127 points
10. Maverick Viñales – Aprilia Racing 122 points
11. Alex Rins – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 112 points
12. Luca Marini – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 101 points
13. Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team 84 points
14. Marco Bezzecchi – Mooney VR46 Racing Team 80 points
15. Joan Mir – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 77 points
16. Alex Marquez – LCR Honda CASTROL 50 points
17. Pol Espargaro – Repsol Honda Team 49 points
18. Takaaki Nakagami – LCR Honda IDEMITSU 46 points
19. Franco Morbidelli – Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP 31 points
20. Fabio Di Giannantonio – Gresini Racing MotoGP 23 points
21. Andrea Dovizioso – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 15 points
22. Darryn Binder – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 10 points
23. Remy Gardner – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 9 points
24. Raul Fernandez – Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 9 points
25. Cal Crutchlow – WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team 3 points
26. Stefan Bradl – Repsol Honda Team 2 points
27. Michele Pirro – Aruba.it Racing 0 points
28. Lorenzo Savadori – Aprilia Racing 0 points
29. Danilo Petrucci – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 0 points
30. Kazuki Watanabe - Team SUZUKI ECSTAR 0 points
31. Tetsuta Nagashima – Honda HRC 0 points