FABIO Quartararo has regained control of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship standings with a convincing third victory in the Catalunya MotoGP.

Andrea Dovizioso’s race ended on the opening lap — for the second successive year.

After a few wobbly races since his double win in Jerez, Quartararo produced a flawless performance to pick off fellow Yamaha riders Valentino Rossi and Franco Morbidelli before sprinting clear.

The Frenchman’s joy was compounded further by a disastrous end to a dismal weekend for erstwhile MotoGP leader Dovizioso after he and Johann Zarco were hit by Danilo Petrucci at Turn 2. 

Off the line Morbidelli had a great start from his maiden pole position, completing the long run down to Turn 1 comfortably ahead of Jack Miller, Quartararo and Rossi.

Then Rossi moved up to second on Quartararo with a pass into Turn 5.

From there the Yamahas began to assert their control, pulling away from Miller and Mir.

Quartararo next got by Rossi again on lap four before nosing ahead of his Petronas SRT Yamaha teammate Morbidelli three laps later.

Over they go . . . Zarco and Dovizioso crash out.


With Rossi dropping off the back of the pair, it appeared victory would come down to a straight fight between the PSRT pair — only Morbidelli got it all wrong under braking into Turn 1 on lap 15.

 That dropped him to third and out of the fight for the lead, although he did briefly regain second at the expense of Rossi, who slid out at Turn 2 just 9 laps from the end.

Then both Pol Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira suffered the same fate at the same turn.

That let Quartararo to cruise home for his third win of the year.

Behind him, the fight for second ramped up with Morbidelli coming under attack from Suzuki as both Mir and Alex Rins — up from 13th on the grid — came on strong in the latter laps. 

They pulled off passes on the penultimate lap to grab second and third for Suzuki’s first double podium since its return to MotoGP action in 2015.

Maverick Vinales, meanwhile, had a drop in pace from fifth to 15th, but he  eventually recovered to finish ninth.

Ahead of him, Miller held on for fifth from a charging Pecco Bagnaia, while Takaaki Nakagami kept Honda’s points ticking over with a run to seventh.

Petrucci came in eighth position, ahead of Vinales and Cal Crutchlow, who landed his first top 10 finish of the year.


12520Fabio QUARTARAROFRAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha164.340’33.176
22036Joan MIRSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki164.2+0.928
31642Alex RINSSPATeam SUZUKI ECSTARSuzuki164.1+1.898
41321Franco MORBIDELLIITAPetronas Yamaha SRTYamaha164.1+2.846
51143Jack MILLERAUSPramac RacingDucati164.0+3.391
61063Francesco BAGNAIAITAPramac RacingDucati164.0+3.518
7930Takaaki NAKAGAMIJPNLCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda164.0+3.671
889Danilo PETRUCCIITADucati TeamDucati163.8+6.117
9712Maverick VIÑALESSPAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha163.3+13.607
10635Cal CRUTCHLOWGBRLCR Honda CASTROLHonda163.3+14.483
11533Brad BINDERRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM163.2+14.927
12441Aleix ESPARGAROSPAAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia163.2+15.647
13373Alex MARQUEZSPARepsol Honda TeamHonda163.1+17.327
14227Iker LECUONASPARed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM162.4+27.066
15153Tito RABATSPAEsponsorama RacingDucati162.4+27.282
1638Bradley SMITHGBRAprilia Racing Team GresiniAprilia162.3+28.736
176Stefan BRADLGERRepsol Honda TeamHonda162.1+32.643
Not Classified
88Miguel OLIVEIRAPORRed Bull KTM Tech 3KTM163.96 Laps
46Valentino ROSSIITAMonster Energy Yamaha MotoGPYamaha165.09 Laps
44Pol ESPARGAROSPARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM164.112 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
5Johann ZARCOFRAEsponsorama RacingDucati0 Lap
4Andrea DOVIZIOSOITADucati TeamDucati0 Lap

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Bill Buys, probably Australia’s longest-serving motoring writer, has been at his craft for more than five decades. Athough motoring has always been in his DNA, he was also night crime reporter, foreign page editor and later chief reporter of the famed Rand Daily Mail. He’s twice been shot at, attacked by a rhinoceros and had several chilling experiences in aircraft. His experience includes stints in traffic law enforcement, motor racing and rallying and writing for a variety of local and international publications. He has covered countless events, ranging from world motor shows and Formula 1 Grands Prix to Targa tarmac and round-the-houses meetings. A motoring tragic, he has owned more than 90 cars. Somewhat of a nostalgic, he has a special interest in classic cars. He is the father of Targa star Robert Buys, who often adds his expertise to Bill’s reviews.
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