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Yamaha’s day out at the Andalucia GP

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When was the last time you saw Yamaha lockout on 1-2-3 position? Where was the race held? Who were the three riders when this happened? If you are able to answer these three questions you sure as hell are a MotoGP fanatic. 

The last time we had a top 3 lockout was back in Philip Island in 2014. Valentino Rossi crossed the line first after an accident from Marc Marquez, while he was leading the race. Second place went to Rossi’s teammate Jorge Lorenzo, while Tech 3’s (then Yamaha)  Bradley Smith finished in third place.

Similar incident happened on Sunday, where the conditions were brutal in the second edition of the Andalucia GP, which saw crashes, breakdowns and the top three positions taken by Yamaha. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) was riding his own race from lights out.

Maverick Vinales and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP teammate Valentino Rossi had a great fight till the last lap for the podium until Vinales came past Rossi to take number 2. This also happens to be the doctors first rostrum in about 18 months (American GP 2019 being the last).  

Even so, there were a lot of luck that followed to the eventual results as a race of such high attrition helped to eliminate some of the rivals, promoting just 13 riders out of 21 to cross the chequered flag. 

Quartararo got the best possible start from the pole position, with Rossi likewise escaping from P4 wonderfully for what unfurled behind as fifth spot Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3) smashed in at Turn 1 skirmish that included Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Bradley Smith (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini).

The Portuguese rider was down and out of contention, with Binder running off the circuit and dropping to the back, with Smith’s race having the same result. In spite of the fact that Maverick Vinales endeavored to grab the top spot with a hesitant plunge for within at the last corner on lap one, Quartararo essentially undercut him to get back in front.

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This race also saw the likes of a luckless Pecco Bagnaia, who had made the most of his career-best third-place start to put in a podium challenge. More than that, he’d fought his way to the front of the chasing pack and had just started to pull when the Ducati started throwing smokes resulting in him pulling over.

Jack Miller (Pramac MotoGP) lost out to a crash and soon after Franco Morbidelli losing out on a technical issue. The above results paved the way of fortune for Takaki Nakagami to claim the career-best fourth-place finish on the 2019 Spec LCR Honda.

Joan Mir finished the top five on the best of the Suzuki entries, in front of Andrea Dovizioso recuperating to 6th from fourteenth on the grid and Pol Espargaro, who needed to battle with seventh subsequent to getting crossed up with the Italian ahead and running off course. 

What seemed to be a rough weekend for Marquez’s family after Marc’s withdrawal, Alex Marquez bought some joy to the REPSOL HONDA team by finishing eighth, ahead of  Johann Zarco and a brave Alex Rins in tenth.

Tito Rabat, Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow finished the point-scorers as the remainder of the finishers in eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth individually.

An aggregate of eight riders dropped out of the race in what might end up being a rebuffing evening, not least for Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder, whose endeavours of putting their individual KTMs fifth and seventh on the grid were let down around a crash at the first corner. Oliveira resigned on the spot, while Binder proceeded before crashing again later in the race.

Danilo Petrucci joined Miller and Bagnaia uninvolved on an extreme day for Ducati, while Aleix Espargaro and Iker Lecuona failed to complete for the second weekend in progression.

Here’s Frenchman’s winning moment in Spain.

Top 10:
1. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT)
2. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) + 4.495
3. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) + 5.546
4. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) + 6.113
5. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 7.693
6. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) + 12.554
7. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) + 17.488
8. Alex Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) + 19.357
9. Johann Zarco (Hublot Reale Avintia) + 23.523
10. Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 27.091

 

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