Quartararo wins the British MotoGP next off to Spain for round 13
Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo won today’s round 12 of the 2021 MotoGP world championship at Silverstone, taking the pole position after the 5th lap ,widening the gap with a 65 point lead in the world standings.
The Frenchman performed superbly after the 22-year-old ace rider injured his left ankle when he slipped at turn eight during the warm ups on Friday, still topping the time charts during both of Friday’s practice sessions.
This weekend’s MotoGP was the first return to Silverstone since the 2019 Covid outbreak with the 20-lap race kicking off under traditional summertime conditions, albeit colder than usual, with track temperatures at just 23 C.
Alex Rins came in second, followed by Aleix Espargaro, who had an impressive duel on the final lap with Jack Miller, coming in to make history with RS-GP’s best-ever result.
Pol Espargaro also claimed his first pole position on Saturday’s qualifier after setting the fastest time. The Spaniard topped qualifying ahead of Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia and Yamaha’s world championship leader Fabio Quartararo.
British MotoGP Standings
1. Fabio Quartararo (Fra) Yamaha 40mins 20.579 secs
2. Alex Rins (Spa) Suzuki +2.663 secs
3. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Aprilia +4.105 secs
4. Jack Miller (Aus) Ducati +4.254 secs
5. Pol Espargaro (Spa) Honda +8.462 secs
6. Brad Binder (Rsa) KTM +12.189 secs
7. Iker Lecuona (Spa) KTM +13.560 secs
8. Alex Marquez (Spa) Honda +14.044 secs
9. Joan Mir (Spa) Suzuki +16.226 secs
10. Danilo Petrucci (Ita) KTM + 16.287 secs
11. Johann Zarco (Fra) Ducati + 16.339 secs
12. Enea Bastianini (Ita) (Ducati) + 17.696 secs
2021 MotoGP World Championship standings (Updated: 30/08/2021)
1. Fabio Quartararo (Fra) Yamaha 206 pts
2. Joan Mir (Spa) Suzuki 141 pts
3. Johann Zarco (Fra) Ducati 137 pts
4. Francesco Bagnaia (Ita) Ducati 136 pts
5. Jack Miller (Aus) Ducati 118 pts
6. Brad Binder (SA) KTM 108 pts
Britain’s Cal Crutchlow was not fairing so well on home soil, coming 17th out of the 21 riders and sitting at 27th in the world standings of 29 riders.
Where next? – 2021 Moto GP
Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragón – Spanish MotoGP on 10th, 11th and 12th September 2021
The 2021 MotoGP heads to the sleepy Spanish township of Alcañiz, nestled on the river Guadalope in the Teruel province of Aragon. The town is 113km from the provincial capital Teruel, home to around 16,000 people, the town is steeped in history, as visible from the array of ancient architecture in the old town centre.
MotorLand Aragon, or Ciudad del Motor de Aragón as it’s known in Spanish, hosted it’s first MotoGP in 2010, becoming the sixth Spanish Moto GP racing circuit, along with, Catalunya, Jarama, Jerez, Montjuich and Valencia.
The 5.344 km (3.321 mile) track was designed by the well-known German architect Hermann Tilke in conjunction with the British architectural firm Foster + Partners.
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