Fabio Quartararo dominated from start to finish a Catalan Grand Prix where he had no rival. The retirements of Enea Bastianini and Francesco Bagnaia consolidate their position as leader of the championship. Pramac riders Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco complete a podium that emerged on the last lap.
A mastery of the head of the shoulders, this is how Fabio Quartararo’s race sums up. The Frenchman took control of the race from the first corner and never let go until the finish line. A victory as a boss, worthy of a world champion. The Yamaha rider is ahead of the two Pramacs of Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco.
At the start, Fabio Quartararo delayed his braking and overtook Aleix Espargaro in the first corner. Behind, Takaaki Nakagami lost the front of his bike and hit Francesco Bagnaia’s rear wheel with his helmet. The Honda of the LCR team comes to cut the Suzuki of Álex Rins. The three pilots are forced to abandon.
Fabio Quartararo immediately escapes as Jorge Martin overtakes Aleix Espargaro at the first corner of the following lap. The Pramacs are in good form as Johann Zarco occupies the fourth position. The best start must be credited to Joan Mir who achieved eleven places. The 2020 world champion is fifth after five rounds.
At the head of the race, the Frenchman unfolds. The Yamaha rider lines up the lap times and has a lead of almost two seconds after the first quarter of the race. On lap six, Marco Bezzecchi crashed at turn 10 after losing the front of his Ducati, track conditions still looking tricky. Maverick Viñales, who had chosen to start on a soft rear tyre, is in eighth place and is fighting to get ahead of Enea Bastianini. Under pressure from the Aprilia rider, the Italian made a mistake and made a mistake at turn 5. A 0 for the Gresini Racing resident. The team had a tricky eighth lap as Fabio Di Giannantonio also crashed on lap 13.
On day 10 of crossing the line, Aleix Espargaro overtook Jorge Martin under braking at Turn 1. At the halfway point of the race, Fabio Quartararo had a 3.5” lead over the rest of the field and seemed to be in complete control of his topic Johann Zarco, currently fourth, looks back at his teammate and can seriously consider the podium. The Frenchman still seems to be facing five tenths of the two drivers in front of him. Jorge Martin attacked Aleix Espargaró nine laps from the finish, which did Johann Zarco’s business. Andrea Dovizioso returned to the pits to retire on lap 18 of the race, another tricky weekend for the RNF Italian.
Five laps from the checkered flag, Fabio Quartararo continues his health march and is 5.6 ahead of Jorge Martín. The Spaniard is closely followed by Aleix Espargaró, Johann Zarco is a few tenths behind. Joan Mir completes the top 5. Aleix Espargaro overtakes Jorge Martin four laps from the end of the Catalunya GP. The Aprilia rider produces his effort and immediately widens a small gap with the Pramac riders.
At the start of the last lap, Aleix Espargaro greets the public because the race is not over yet. If we first think of a problem in the Aprilia, the Spanish rider understands that there are still 4.7 kilometers to go and puts his head back on the handlebars. A big mistake that allows Johann Zarco to get on the podium. Up front, Fabio Quartararo finished the job in style in front of fans happy to see their favorite triumph.
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