Marc Marquez’s comfortable win in Jerez has seen the Honda rider return to the top of the leader board with 70 points. However, his lead is a slender one.
Youngest ever pole-sitter
There was a strange line up to the front row of the grid as both the Petronas Yamaha SRT riders occupied positions one and two. The team had an amazing qualifying with Fabio Quartararo taking pole position and his teammate Franco Morbidelli lining up second. Quartararo took Marquez’s record of being the youngest ever pole-sitter. Both had edged out Marc Marquez on the factory Honda.
When the lights went out Marquez made no mistake and took the race lead. He never really looked troubled overly troubled even though the Petronas Yamaha of Morbidelli and Quartararo held on in the opening laps.
Marquez upped the pace
Marquez then upped his pace and began to stretch the field behind. Quartararo managed to overtake his teammate and move into second place. Morbidelli began to fade as the race went on and dropped back down the field. Quartararo then found himself out of luck as a gearing problem ended his race and a very good chance of a podium finish.
Further back, Valentino Rossi made his way through the pack to cross the line in sixth behind fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci. Franco Morbidelli eventually came home in seventh place, followed by Cal Crutchlow, Takaaki Nakagami and Stefan Bradl a very respectable tenth.
“This race was a mental race, more than a physical one. After the mistake in
Austinit wasn’t easy to lead the race like that from beginning to end, but I knew I had the pace to do it and the bike to do it. I wanted to do a race like in Argentina and at the start in Austin to prove it was a mistake there. I felt good all weekend, smooth, comfortable and able to ride how I want. Thanks to the Repsol Honda Team, they’ve done an amazing job over the last few weeks and here this weekend. It’s great to be leading the championship again. “
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