Moto GP: Quartararo claims Catalonia GP, leads championship

Updated: 28 September, 2020 11:45 IST | AFP | Barcelona

The race began in dramatic fashion with Andrea Dovizioso, who led the title race by a single point from the Frenchman and Maverick Vinales, taken out in the opening lap after tangling with Johann Zarcho

Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo after winning the Catalonia MotoGP in Barcelona on Sunday. Pic/AFP
Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo after winning the Catalonia MotoGP in Barcelona on Sunday. Pic/AFP

France's Fabio Quartararo produced a thrilling and perfect ride to claim a resounding victory at the Catalonia MotoGP on Sunday, his third of the season which sends him top of the world championship standings.

Joan Mir came through to take second and is now eight points behind Quartararo in the standings while Alex Rins completed the podium. The race began in dramatic fashion with Andrea Dovizioso, who led the title race by a single point from the Frenchman and Maverick Vinales, taken out in the opening lap after tangling with Johann Zarcho.

Quartararo, on a Yamaha, won the opening two races of the season but has struggled since then, failing to reach the podium in the last five races. But the Frenchman, who showed signs of a return to form in the last race at Emilia Romagna when he came fourth, was back to his best in Barcelona.

"The race was very hard for me," said Quartararo after the race. "I am not completely 100 percent but I went step by step and I am happy with this win. I suffered in my head a lot in the last month, not getting on the podium, it wasn't easy." Quartararo heads the standings with 108 points, eight clear of Mir.

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First Published: 28 September, 2020 09:16 IST

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