And two for Fabio Quartararo! The French rider from the Yamaha team won his second Grand Prix of the season on Sunday June 5 in Catalonia. This victory allows the reigning world champion to consolidate his position as leader in the MotoGP world championship, the premier category of the discipline.
The Ducati Pramacs of the Spaniard Jorge Martin and the second Frenchman on the grid, Johann Zarco, accompany him on the podium. The latter took advantage of a surprising mistake by Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia): the Spaniard thought the race was over with one lap to go, when he was in third place.
“At first I thought he had a mechanical problem, but then I realized he was waving to the audience,” Johann Zarco said upon arrival.
Johann Zarco in the general classification
In front of French supporters who came in large numbers this weekend in Spain, Fabio Quartararo, who started in third position on the grid in the Catalan furnace, got off to an excellent start and took the lead in the race from the first laps. . He then gradually widened the gap to win by more than six seconds.
The 23-year-old from Nice now has 147 points in the championship, compared to 125 points for his pursuer, Aleix Espargaro, who finally finished fifth in the race.
Among the other headliners, Italians Enea Bastianini (Ducati-Gresini) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), third and fourth in the championship before Sunday’s round, had to retire after crashing. If Enea Bastianini retains his rank, this abandonment is a blow for Francesco Bagnaia, relegated to fifth place, ten points behind Johann Zarco, past fourth.
The next round, the German Grand Prix, is scheduled for June 19.