MARC'S MASTERCLASS IN JEREZ
Marc Marquez completes another masterclass in Jerez to retake the championship lead by just one point.
As the lights went out, Marquez bolted from the line to take the lead ahead of poleman and rookie, Fabio Quartararo, and his teammate, Franco Morbidelli. Factory Yamaha rider, Maverick Vinales, also slotted in behind the top three to put himself in the position to battle for the podium spots going forward. However, Austin winner, Alex Rins, and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso quickly became the chasing duo for the rostrum as they battled hard to catch the quartet out front.
Marquez put in the lap times to create a consistent race and pull a gap at the front, not looking back or challenged for the whole race. But, it wasn’t so straight forward for the remainder of the top three. Heartbreak struck Quartararo as the Frenchman was on for his first Premier Class podium, sitting over a second in front of his teammate in second before his race ended prematurely. At no fault of his own, “El Diablo” had to retire from the race after suffering a mechanical problem on the back straight, leaving nothing but tears of what could have been in Jerez.
Rins got the better of Franco Morbidelli who slipped through the pack to sixth, seeing Vinales, Dovizioso and Petrucci promoted to third, fourth and fifth. The independent Yamaha had his master to deal with, as Valentino Rossi was on the move too, disposing of Cal Crutchlow and Morbidelli to finish sixth.