Author of pole this Saturday, Fabio Quartararo confirmed this Sunday by winning the Portuguese Grand Prix, also becoming the new leader of MotoGP after three rounds. The Frenchman cracked Alex Rins, victim of a fall 7 laps from the finish. Johann Zarco, in the fight for the podium, also fell in the final.
Fabio Quartararo struck a big blow this Sunday in Portimão, for the Grand Prix of Portugal. Already winner of the Doha Grand Prix on April 4, the French rider scored a second success in a row in MotoGP, becoming at the same time the world championship leader after three events.
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The 5th victory of his career in Moto GP
On pole, Fabio Quartararo found himself in sixth position in the first lap, leaving the lead to his compatriot Johann Zarco, leader of the drivers’ classification before this round in Portugal. But as a boss, the French rider splashed his class into the race behind the wheel of his Yamaha, to clinch the fifth victory of his career in Moto GP. No French driver has done better in history.
But at only 21 years old, Fabio Quartararo has shown great maturity to manage his race as well as possible. Without panicking, he caught up again to regain the lead with 17 laps to go. A great battle then ensued with the Spaniard Alex Rins. But the Suzuki rider broke down and fell 7 laps from the finish, leaving a boulevard for Quartararo. In management too, but still just as fast, Quartararo offered himself a great class victory.
Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) and Joan Mir (Suzuki) complete the podium of the day, which may leave some regrets to Johann Zarco. Ahead for several laps, long in the fight for the podium, the Ducati rider also fell in the last 5 laps. Back after nine months of absence due to injury, Spaniard Marc Marquez (Honda) placed seventh.