Spanish GP: Miller takes victory in Jerez, Quartararo 13th

Jack Miller has taken his second ever MotoGP race-win under the sun in Jerez, with Fabio Quartararo falling to 13th after an issue in the Spanish GP.

As the lights went out Miller got off to a good start from third on the grid, taking the lead into Turn 1, as Quartararo dropped to fourth after starting on pole-position.

The first crash came shortly into the race, as Alex Marquez dropped his bike at Turn 8 on the first lap.

At the end of lap 1 the top-three were Miller, Franco Morbidelli and Pecco Bagnaia, this was short lived as Quartararo passed Bagnaia for third at the final corner on lap 2.

Brad Binder fell twice in the Spanish GP, the first coming on lap 1 at Turn 2, with the second coming at Turn 13 on lap 12.

Quartararo continued his push back to the front, making his way past Morbidelli for second on lap 3 at Turn 13 and then took the lead from Miller on the next lap at the same corner.

Alex Rins will be disappointed for the second race in a row after falling at Turn 6 on lap 3, making it two races in a row that the Spaniard has crashed out in.

Enea Bastianini was the next rider to fall, dropping his Esponsorama Ducati at Turn 2 on lap 10.

Quartararo looked to be in complete control of the Spanish GP, leading the race by 1.3s come the middle of the race.

Bagnaia then began to pressure Morbidelli for third on lap 14, with the Ducati rider making his way past at Turn 1 on the next lap.

The race really kicked off on lap 15 of the race, as Quartararo’s lead suddenly dropped from 1.4s to 0.4s, the Frenchman clearly had an issue.

Miller took the lead of the race just one lap later, passing the Yamaha into Turn 1.

By the end of lap 16 Miller’s lead was up to 0.6s and Quartararo was then passed by Bagnaia for second on lap 18.

Quartararo continued to drop down the order, as the faster riders made their way past with ease.

At the close of lap 20, the Yamaha rider had dropped down to tenth as Miller continued to extend his lead at the front to 1.9s.

The Australian’s lead began to drop slightly in the remaining laps, but Miller crossed the line to take the chequered flag and a very emotional victory.

Bagnaia crossed the line to take second and with that the Italian now leads the standings by two points, Morbidelli joined the two Ducati’s on the podium in third.

Taka Nakagami put in a strong performance to finish fourth, ahead of Joan Mir and Aleix Espargaro.

Maverick Vinales ended the Spanish GP in seventh, with Pramac’s Johann Zarco in eighth.

The two Repsol Honda’s of Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro crossed the line in ninth and tenth, ahead of Miguel Oliveira who finished 11th.

Stefan Bradl ended his race in 12th, ahead of Quartararo who dropped all the way to 13th, the Frenchman looked to be in agony at the end of the race which may explain the issues he was having.

The two Tech3 KTM’s of Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona were the final points finishers in 14th and 15th.

An intense race comes to a close with a new leader in the championship, the battle at the front is just starting to heat up!