Fabio Quartararo sealed a dominant win in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone to extend his championship lead.
Fabio Quartararo ghosted through the pack to take a commanding win at today’s British GP. As Pol Espargaro raced off in the lead, Quartararo bided his time behind Bagnaia, the Honda of Espargaro, and the charging Aprilia of Aleix Espargaro.
On lap five, Yamaha’s championship leader eased past the pack. He then serenely preceded to pull away and cruise to victory. Pol Espargaro led them off the line. Briefly, he got shadowed by older brother Aleix on the Aprilia.
The brothers battled intermittently before Espargaro’s soft rear tire faded away. Espargaro finished fifth in the end.
It was a better day for brother Aleix. The older Espargaro sealed a brilliant third-place finish to take Aprilia’s first podium in the MotoGP era. Silverstone specialist Alex Rins sandwiched the Aprilia and Yamaha in second.
In the early phase, teammate Joan Mir displayed plenty of speed, but the defending champion faded severely in the latter stages. Iker Lecuona, Alex Marquez, and Brad Binder all mugged Mir as the second Suzuki finished ninth.
All four Ducati’s endured a mixed afternoon. Jack Miller underlined his weekend speed by coming home fourth. His teammate and championship contender Pecco Bagnaia lost grip, and he dropped down to 14th despite running in the top five at the start. Pramac’s Johann Zarco had no speed and finished a lowly 11th.
Jorge Martin bumped past Marc Marquez on lap one. Marquez, driven by revenge, tucked past Martin at Vale before he veered into the side of the Pramac rider. The collision sent both riders skittling into the gravel. It was amateurish from the experienced Marquez.
Valentino Rossi’s last appearance in the UK didn’t go to plan. The Petronas rider started in the top ten; however, his pace in the race wholly dissipated. The GOAT finished 18th, behind Cal Crutchlow.
While the other three Yamaha’s came bottom of the pile, Quartararo was in a league of his own. El Diablo now holds a 65 point lead over his nearest rival.