The second MotoGP showdown on the Jerez circuit was dominated by Petronas-Yamaha driver Fabio Quartararo, who will join the Japanese factory team next year. The other podium finishes went to the current factory drivers Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi – which is the first time that three Yamaha drivers have been on the podium since Phillip Island in 2014.
Team manager Massimo Meregalli is full of praise for the top 3 of the Andalusia GP: «Our two drivers deserve a pat on the back and our full respect, because the conditions were very tough, both for the riders and for the bikes. And Maverick and Valentino had to push the limits of what was humanly possible to make it onto the podium. We are very happy that both of them made it onto the podium. »
The joy of Rossi’s third place is particularly great, after all, the nine-time champion was last on the podium in Texas in April 2019. “He hadn’t been able to enjoy the view from the podium for a while, and the fact that he made the top three in such a difficult race is proof that he’s still in top form,” said Meregalli for sure.
«I am sure that Maverick would have liked to have fought for victory, but that was simply not possible this time. We have to congratulate Fabio on the win, which means that three Yamaha riders are in the top three! This is very encouraging for everyone who would be involved in the preparations for the 2020 season start. I think this result was the best way to thank all of the people involved in Yamaha’s MotoGP project. We now have a good swing that we want to use in Brno, »explains the Italian.
Race director Lin Jarvis agrees with Meregalli: «Of course I am also extremely satisfied with the result, it is simply fantastic. It’s great to see Valentino fight back after a difficult first weekend in Jerez. It is a great achievement to have made it onto the podium in this race. Maverick also showed a strong performance and won second place for the second time in a row. He has already collected 40 World Cup points, which is a great result. »
“Fabio has already won the first race and once again showed at the second show that he is currently in top form,” added the Briton. And he makes it clear: “It is of course an extraordinary result that three M1 drivers landed in the first three places. But we still have a lot of work to do if we want to maintain our leadership in the World Cup. We are definitely on the right track. »
Results MotoGP Jerez / E, July 26:
1. Fabio Quartararo (F), Yamaha, 41: 22,666 min
2. Maverick Vinales (E), Yamaha, +4,495 sec
3. Valentino Rossi (I), Yamaha, +5.546
4. Takaaki Nakagami (J), Honda, +6,113
5. Joan Mir (E), Suzuki, +7,693
6. Andrea Dovizioso (I), Ducati, +12.554
7. Pol Espargaro (E), KTM, +17.488
8. Alex Marquez (E), Honda, +19,357
9. Johann Zarco (F), Ducati, +23,523
10. Alex Rins (E), Suzuki, +27,091
11. Tito Rabat (E), Ducati, +33,628
12. Bradley Smith (GB), Aprilia, +36,306
13. Cal Crutchlow (GB), Honda, +45,683
World Cup status after 2 of 13 races: 1st Quartararo, 50 points. 2. Viñales 40. 3. Dovizioso 26. 4. Nakagami 19. 5. Pol Espargaró 19. 6. Rossi 16. 7. Miller 13. 8. Alex Márquez 12. 9. Zarco 12. 10. Morbidelli 11. 11. Mir 11. 12. Bagnaia 9. 13. Oliveira 8. 14. Petrucci 7. 15. Rabat 7. 16. Rins 6. 17. Smith 5. 18. Binder 3. 19. Crutchlow 3.