Quartararo Claims Memorable First Win

Fabio Quartararo - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Fabio Quartararo proved his maiden Moto2 pole position on Saturday was no fluke by claiming his first Grand Prix victory 24 hours later. The French teenager pulled clear of the chasing pack in the second half of the race, eventually winning from the impressive Miguel Oliveira who salvaged a sensational second from seventeenth on the grid.

Oliveira’s recovery was the story of the early laps with the Portuguese rider climbing to sixth almost immediately with some aggressive overtaking. By lap eight, Miguel was leading the entire field after overhauling early pacesetter Alex Marquez but Quartararo had been biding his time in third, eventually easing past the KTM into turn four on lap ten to take a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.

Marquez completed the podium ahead of the Dynavolt team-mates Marcel Schrotter and Xavi Vierge with Brad Binder completing the top six on the second Red Bull KTM, edging out Lorenzo Baldassarri. Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia had an unusually quiet afternoon, struggling for grip throughout and toiling his way to eighth, seeing his 13 point lead virtually vanish.

The exit of rookie duo Joan Mir and Romano Fenati, as well as regular frontrunner Mattia Pasini, promoted a fast-finishing Sam Lowes to ninth with Iker Lecuona rounding out the top ten on the second SII KTM.


Moto2 Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya: (Result)

120. Fabio QuartararoSpeed UpHDR - Speed Up Racing38:22.059
244. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+2.492
373. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+3.485
423. Marcel SchrotterKalexDynavolt Intact GP+4.398
597. Xavi ViergeKalexDynavolt Intact GP+4.687
641. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+7.637
77. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexPons HP40+7.724
842. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+10.611
922. Sam LowesKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+13.909
1027. Iker LecuonaKTMSwiss Innovative Investors+15.124
115. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+15.983
1224. Simone CorsiKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+16.405
1345. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+18.995
1440. Augusto FernandezKalexPons HP40+20.241
1587. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+20.409
1657. Edgar PonsKalexAGR Team+24.538
1710. Luca MariniKalexSky Racing Team VR46+27.609
184. Steven OdendaalNTSNTS RW Racing GP+28.226
1989. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia+28.640
2077. Dominique AegerterKTMKiefer Racing+29.217
2152. Danny KentSpeed UpHDR - Speed Up Racing+30.295
2216. Joe RobertsNTSNTS RW Racing GP+37.600
2395. Jules DaniloKalexNashi Argan SAG Team+38.649
2430. Dimas Ekky PratamaHondaAstra Honda Racing Team+44.604
2551. Eric GranadoSuterForward Racing Team+49.491
NC32. Isaac VinalesKalexSAG Team+4 Laps
NC13. Romano FenatiKalexMarinelli Snipers Team+6 Laps
NC54. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+8 Laps
NC36. Joan MirKalexEG 0.0 Marc VDS+10 Laps
NC21. Federico FuligniKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+10 Laps
NC9. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+15 Laps
NC64. Bo BendsneyderTech 3Tech 3 Racing+22 Laps
NC66. Niki TuuliKalexSIC Racing Team+22 Laps
NC62. Stefano ManziSuterForward Racing Team+22 Laps