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The Fab Fabio

The MotoGP boys were in Catalunya, Spain, for another round of manic madness

- Zal Cursetji


THE CATAlunYA GP HAS always been a favourite and bane of the MotoGP grid. Will pole-starter Fabio Quartararo have his way again finally or shall we see another new rider take the top spot in Barcelona? In addition, Moto2 and Moto3 seem to be getting a lot more competitiv­e too. Here is how it went down.


Fabio Quartararo of Petronas Yamaha SRT had been through a few rough weeks with outings worth forgetting, allowing a number of rivals to close the gap in the points. However, Catalunya saw the re-emergence of Fabio as he rode a stellar race to the flag to claim another MotoGP victory. With this victory, Fabio opened up a decent margin at the top of the leader board.

However, Fabio’s main rivals for the championsh­ip had decent races, too, with Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati Team bike coming in second after fighting off any challenge by Joan Mir on the Team Suzuki Ecstar motorcycle. In fourth place was Maverick Viñales on the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP bike, keeping his title hopes alive. Mir, Dovi, and Viñales all are within punching distance of the French championsh­ip leader, thus heating up the race to the world title a hell of a lot more.

Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini scored commendabl­e points as he finished in fifth place, which was also one of the best positions for Aprilia in 2020. He was followed by Franco Morbedelli on the second Petronas Yamaha SRT motorcycle and team Suzuki Ecstar rider, Alex Rins. Rins has been outshone by his younger teammate this season. He also struggled with injury for a number of stages initially, but the Spaniard has been hinting at finding his rhythm once again.

The top 10 were rounded off by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider, Valentino Rossi, in eighth place, followed by Cal Crutchlow of lCR Honda Castrol in ninth. Crutchlow, too, is beginning to make his way back into the top 10 after suffering an injury at the start of the season. Tenth in the race was Miguel Oliveira on the Red Bull KTM Tech 3 motorcycle. Catalunya saw no rider crash with the entire grid finishing the race, which is always a good thing. The racing now heads to le Mans, France, where we can continue to enjoy the 2020 MotoGP season.




Moto2 seems to have a proper duel for this year’s world championsh­ip between Enea Bastianini on the Italtrans Racing Team bike and Luca Marini on the Sky Racing Team VR46 motorcycle. Thus far, Marini has been in spectacula­r form riding without a hiccup for most of the season. However, there are two others that have been troubling the front men, one being the British rider, Sam Lowes on the Marc VDS motorcycle, and Marini’s teammate, Marco Bezzecchi of Sky Racing Team VR46.

Catalunya saw Marini take the lead, followed by

Sam Lowes and the two

HDR Heidrun Speed Up riders, Fabio Di

Giannanton­io and Jorge

Navarro. However, Marini held firm, taking a brilliant and commanding victory.

Bastianini only managed a sixth-place finish which did hamper his title hopes a bit. Second place went to Sam Lowes and Di Giannanton­io secured the final place on the podium.




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