Quartararo extends championship lead with British MotoGP win

Published August 30, 2021
Yamaha French rider Fabio Quartararo celebrates on the podium after winning the MotoGP race of the motorcycling British Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, central England, on August 29. — AFP
Yamaha French rider Fabio Quartararo celebrates on the podium after winning the MotoGP race of the motorcycling British Grand Prix at Silverstone circuit in Northamptonshire, central England, on August 29. — AFP

SILVERSTONE: Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo stormed to victory at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday to claim his fifth win of the season and extend his lead at the top of the MotoGP world championship standings.

The French rider, who started from third on the grid, took the lead on lap five and opened up a three-second gap on the chasing pack before cruising home in style to tighten his grip on this season’s championship.

The victory extended Quartararo’s lead over Suzuki’s reigning world champion Joan Mir, who finished ninth, to 65 points at the top of the standings. Johann Zarco of Ducati Pramac moved into third ahead of Francesco Bagnaia of the Ducati factory team.

Quartararo dedicated his victory to the supporters who had turned out in force to watch the race.

“It’s great to see the fans and share the victory with them,” he said. “I can take more risks now, what I want to do is fight for victories. With a 65-point lead I don’t need to think about the championship.”

Mir’s Suzuki team-mate Alex Rins came second for his first podium finish of the season, with Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaro holding off Jack Miller on the final lap to come third and claim his team’s first-ever MotoGP podium.

Pole-sitter Pol Espargaro took the lead at the start of the race, with his brother Aleix close behind in second, before Quartararo made his move and began pulling clear. Pol finished in fifth place.

Honda’s six-times premier-class winner Marc Marquez crashed out in the first lap along with Pramac Ducati’s rookie rider Jorge Martin after a collision between the two.

Published in Dawn, August 30th, 2021

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