Quartararo’s wins a big boost for Petronas team

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PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team principal Datuk Razlan Razali is a happy man after seeing Fabio Quartararo (picture) claimed back-to-back victories at the Jerez Circuit in Spain on Sunday.

He said the second victory at Andalucia Grand Prix (GP) will certainly be a major boost for the team heading into the Czech GP race in Brno next weekend.

“It was another fantastic win for Fabio (Quartararo) in MotoGP! These back-to-back victories put him at the top of the championship standings. It’s very unfortunate for Franky (Franco Morbidelli) as I think it could have been a one-two for us today, but we need to see what the problem was,” Razlan said in a statement issued by the team yesterday.

“We feel so sorry for him (Morbidelli) because he was strong all weekend and deserved a good result. Even so, it was still an awesome weekend because of the wins and the lead in the championship.

Now, we just have to try to do it all over again in Brno,” Razlan added.

Quartararo, or fondly called “El Diablo”, clinched his second title this season after the Spanish GP last weekend by clocking 41 minutes 22.666 seconds in the 25-lap race.

Monster Energy Yamaha riders — Maverick Vinales of Spain and Italian Valentino Rossi — came in second and third respectively in the race which took place in scorching weather, with temperatures of up to 38°C.

Morbidelli, who started on the ninth spot in the starting grid, failed to finish the race with nine laps remaining due to problems with his machine.

The latest victory scored by Quartararo puts him at the top of MotoGP standings with 50 points after two races, followed by Vinales (40 points), while Italian rider, Andrea Dovizioso of Ducati Team in third with 26 points.

Morbidelli is in 10th spot out of 21 riders overall after amassing 11 points. — Bernama