Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo delivered a cool and calm display in a scorching Germany, taking victory at this weekend’s Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, extending his championship lead to 34 points. Defending champion Fabio Quartararo delivered a dominant display at the Sachsenring this weekend, storming to a commanding victory, and Yamaha’s first at the German venue since Valentino Rossi’s victory in 2009.
Launching from the middle of the front row, the Frenchman immediately took the lead, as he looked to take control of the race early on. Overcoming the attack from Francesco Bagnaia on lap two, the #20 picked up the pace, forcing his chasing rival into a crash on lap four, handing the Yamaha rider a one-second advantage.
Continuing to open the gap over compatriot Johann Zarco to over two seconds, the rider from Nice didn’t roll off. Stamping his authority on proceedings as he extended his lead to five seconds in the second half of the race, the 2021 champion eventually crossed the line to secure his third win of the season.
25 World Championship points sees Quartararo extend his championship lead over Aleix Espargaro to 34 points, while Franco Morbidelli lies 19th with a 25 points total. WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team duo Darryn Binder and Andrea Dovizioso sit in 21st and 22nd places respectively, with 10 points apiece.
The MotoGP paddock heads to The Netherlands this week, as round 11 of the FIM MotoGP World Championship takes place in Assen from the 24th-26th June.
“I felt ill the entire weekend, but the most important thing is that we finished it in a good way. I was super consistent throughout the race, first controlling the gap to Johann, and then finishing the race by a big distance is okay. It’s a step forward for our confidence in the race. It was 30 laps, I couldn’t make a mistake, and I had to control the pace and the rear tyre. It was a great race in many ways!”
“It was probably one of the hardest races physically I’ve ever done. I did the long lap right away and almost crashed because of some rocks that were in the way. I got in behind Martin and Di Giannantonio and managed to pass their two Ducatis pretty easily. I struggled more with the two Aprilias, but then Viñales had a technical problem, and I took fourth place. I tried then on two occasions to pass Espargaro and got past him with three laps to go when he went wide. I pushed hard today and am very happy with this result!”