Cal Crutchlow replaces Morbidelli in three Grand Prix / MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli is likely to be out of four other Grand Prix at Petronas-Yamaha. Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow is available as a replacement rider.

Franco Morbidelli had to be replaced by the Yamaha Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff at Petronas-Yamaha SRT because of his knee operation in Assen. His anterior cruciate ligament needed repairing. Team principal Razlan Razali suspects that he will therefore be canceled for four more races (2x Spielberg, Silverstone and Aragón). Since Spielberg-1 coincides with the Superbike World Championship run on August 8th in Most / Czech Republic, Yamaha cannot rely on any SBK riders.

Therefore, the new Yamaha test rider Cal Crutchlow will climb onto the Petronas Yamaha, who this year tested first in Doha, then in Jerez and Aragón, but has not ridden the M1 Yamaha for almost three months. The three-time MotoGP winner from England is the third different Yamaha test driver in the last three years after Jonas Folger and Jorge Lorenzo.

Despite the five-week summer break, there were already clear doubts at the Dutch-TT whether “Morbido” could be operational again before the two Grand Prix in Styria.

«Franco is recovering well. But we want to make sure that he is 100 percent fit when he returns, ”says Razali of the MotoGP runner-up in 2020, who didn’t have a real 2020 factory machine last year, but still had three wins with the“ A-spec ”Yamaha celebrated.

Morbidelli will then fight for points again for the first time on September 19 in Misano, where a two-day MotoGP IRTA test will take place after the Grand Prix on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Misano is a slope that Franco loves and knows very well,” says Razali. “That would be a good setting for his comeback.”

Cal Crutchlow has been provisionally designated by Yamaha as a Morbidelli replacement for the next three races. Whether he will also be in Aragón on September 11th depends on Morbidelli’s recovery progress.

Crutchlow contested the 2011, 2012 and 2013 MotoGP World Championships with Tech3-Yamaha. The ex-Supersport world champion contested his last Grand Prix with the M1 in Valencia in 2013. He then moved to Ducati Corse for a year before fighting for points for LCR-Honda for six years.

Cal Crutchlow’s appearances at Petronas-Yamaha will also boost ticket sales for the British Motorcycle Grand Prix at Silverstone GP (August 29) and the ratings for British pay-TV broadcaster BT Sports. Because after the departures of Redding, Smith and Crutchlow there is no longer a MotoGP regular driver in the field.

Cal, an avid racing cyclist, has recently followed the Tour de France closely because his friend Mark Cavendish made a brilliant comeback as a sprinter at the age of 36 and set the record of 34 stage wins (previously held by Eddy Merckx).

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The motorcycle family mourns the loss of Aurelio Longoni / MotoGP

Sad news from Italy: On Sunday, Aurelio Longoni, who was popular in the MotoGP paddock and beyond, who had been Race Manager for the chain manufacturer Regina for decades, died at the age of 71.

Aurelio Longoni, who came from Dolzago near Lecco in Lombardy, has worked for “Regina Chain” on the world’s race tracks since 1974, from the Tourist Trophy to the motorcycle world championship to motocross. He worked closely with teams and stars such as Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene, Mike Hailwood and Valentino Rossi for almost five decades.

Last Sunday, July 4th, Longoni passed away at the age of 71. The sympathy in the MotoGP paddock is great. Teams like Sky VR46 and Gresini Racing remembered Aurelio with short posts on social networks and expressed their condolences to his relatives. The same goes for the president of the Italian motorcycle association FMI, Giovanni Copioli.

The motorcycle racing manager Carlo Pernat found emotional farewell words: “Ciao Aurelio. You just left us without saying anything. You will always stay with me, with your natural friendliness and professionalism. The paddock will be empty without you. “

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Valentino Rossi: High time to retire / MotoGP

In the past twelve months, Valentino Rossi has rarely shown any skill. He was World Cup 15 in 2020. and is now World Cup 19. That’s why he’s doing himself a disservice by continuing to drive in 2022.

The 42-year-old Valentino Rossi does not look into the cards. In the last few weeks and months he has also avoided his fellow racing drivers. On Friday he almost never showed up at the Grand Prix at 6.30 p.m. at the meetings of the Safety Commission, which he has only visited in the past has waived in the rarest cases.

He wanted to avoid annoying questions, including those from old companions like Franco Uncini and Loris Capirossi, who hold functions and offices there. World Cup marketer Dorna was even suspected in April that Rossi would throw the stuff up during the season if his performance and results at Petronas-Yamaha do not improve. But the Italian does not want to be seen as a contract breaker, and now after the return of the spectators he wants to say goodbye to his loyal fans on as many racetracks as possible.

Of course, he imagined the circumstances differently.

You can twist and turn it however you want. The most popular motorcycle racer today has clearly missed the right time to retire, and not by a few weeks or months.

The facts are known. The last victory is now four years ago (Assen 2017), the last podium was achieved by VR46 in July 2020 in Jerez, the last top ten result in September 2020 in Misano.

Numerous other superstars in the two-wheeler scene also failed to quit at the height of their careers. But to still appear in the Grand Prix World Championship twelve years after winning the last title, no exceptional talent has achieved that.

Casey Stoner even drew a radical line. He won the World Championship for Repsol-Honda in 2011, then cashed in again and announced his retirement at the end of the year about six months after winning the title at Le Mans in May 2012.

Graziano Rossi: “Vale drives until he’s 46”

After returning to Yamaha in 2013, Valentino Rossi repeatedly indicated that he would now sign the last contract. At some point his dad Graziano joked about the starting number: “Valentino will drive until he is 46 years old.”

The Yamaha factory rider finished the 2019 season in seventh place overall, when he achieved two strong second places in Argentina and Texas in April. But in 2020 he fell to 15th place in the World Cup. After 4th place in Misano, there were six straight zeros (three times due to corona infection).

The negotiations about the contract with Petronas-Yamaha dragged on for many months.

In 2021 Rossi was deported to a MotoGP customer team for the first time in his career. His place in the works team was needed for Fabio Quartararo.

But the misery began before that when he was humiliated in the MotoGP World Championship by his VR46 pupils Morbidelli and Bagnaia. In 2021 he was joined by his brother Luca Marini, who as a 2021 rookie and Yamaha privateer has only collected three points less than the famous number 46.

“It wasn’t the academy’s actual goal that my own riders would defeat me in the MotoGP class,” joked Rossi in 2019.

The talents had marched up through the classes too quickly – and Rossi had missed the appropriate time to quit.
Rossi has had the worst starting positions of his GP career this year (it started in Shah Alam in 1996) and the worst racing results. It is no longer uncommon for him to arrive outside of the points or fall.

The fame is crumbling, the splendor is falling off the statue of the great master who survives generations of racing drivers. Vale has already fought against Jorge Martinez, against Capirossi, Biaggi, Gibernau, Melandri, Biaggi, Stoner, Lorenzo, Márquez and now against Viñales and Quartararo, Miller, Zarco or Morbidelli.

We have been happy to forgive Rossi for the past two years

I never made a secret of my admiration for Valentino Rossi. The charismatic 115-time GP winner and nine-time world champion was and is a gift for every reporter. Fans all over the world adored him – and they still do.

For years I had hoped that Rossi would stay in the GP world as a racing driver.

Because he has fought his way to the top again and again after setbacks (even after the two Ducati years).

I don’t believe in it now. And he can no longer beat Agostini’s all-time record with 122 GP victories.

Valentino has lived in the racing saddle all his life. We are happy to forgive him for the past two years.

But the good guy shouldn’t do a third year with such achievements.

Rossi’s record in the premier class

2000: WM-2. on a Honda 500, 209 points, two GP-Sege
2001: WM-1. on a Honda 500, 325 points, eleven wins
2002: WM-1. on a Honda 990, 355 points, eleven wins
2003: WM-1. on a Honda 990, 357 points, nine wins
2004: WM-1. on a Yamaha 990, 304 points, nine wins
2005: WM-1. on a Yamaha 990, 367 points, eleven wins
2006: World Cup 2nd on a Yamaha 990, 247 points, five wins
2007: World Cup 3. on a Yamaha 800, 271 points, four wins
2008: WM-1. on a Yamaha 800, 373 points, nine wins
2009: WM-1. on a Yamaha 800, 306 points, six wins
2010: World Cup 3rd on a Yamaha 800, 233 points, two wins
2011: World Cup 7. on a Ducati 800, 139 points, no victory
2012: World Cup 8. on a Ducati 1000, 163 points, no victory
2013: World Cup 4th on a Yamaha 1000, 237 points, one win
2014: World Cup 2. on a Yamaha 1000, 295 points, two wins
2015: WM-2. on a Yamaha 1000, 325 points, four wins
2016: WM-2. on a Yamaha 1000, 249 points, two wins
2017: World Cup 5. on a Yamaha 1000, 208 points, a win
2018: World Cup 3. on a Yamaha 1000, 198 points, no victory
2019: World Cup 7. on a Yamaha 1000, 174 points, no victory
2020: WM-15. on a Yamaha 1000, 66 points, no win
2021: World Cup 19. on a Yamaha 1000, 17 points, no win

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Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia): Muzzle because of Viñales / MotoGP

Aprilia MotoGP team leader Aleix Espargaró was very cautious about the rumors about Maverick Viñales and his possible move from Yamaha to Aprilia after the Assen GP.

Aleix Espargaro (31) finished the Dutch TT in eighth after a tough fight against Marc Márquez and also went into the summer break as eighth in the World Cup. So far, he has scored 61 points in nine races with the Aprilia-RSGP 21. This means Aprilia is doing better than ever in the MotoGP class.

Because the former Ducati hero Andrea Dovizioso (35) will probably not agree with Aprilia, the Spaniard Maverick Viñales (26) will apparently move to the Italians after the separation from Yamaha, which was confirmed on Monday. These speculative actions were nurtured by Aprilia race director Massimo Rivola even before the first Assen practice session.

Aleix Espargaró was very cautious about this after finishing 8th on the TT circuit. “I won’t say anything about Viñales,” he anticipated with a smile. “Just this much: I hurt when some Moto2 riders said they didn’t want to join Aprilia. I especially wanted to prove to them that they were wrong. “

The Andorran-by-choice has been saying in the last few months that Andea Dovizioso is his favorite teammate for 2022 because of his immense experience. Aleix continues: “I hope that my team-mate will be a very strong driver at Aprilia next year. We really deserve it. “

“It also hurt me when Massimo Rivola told me that in 2022 we won’t have two more Aprilia MotoGP bikes on a customer team on the slopes. I like Aprilia a lot, it feels like my own project. We work very hard and we are not far from the top people. “

MotoGP results, Assen, June 27th:

1. Quartararo, Yamaha, 26 laps
2. Viñales, Yamaha, + 2,757 sec
3. Mir, Suzuki, + 5,760
4. Zarco, Ducati, + 6,130
5. Oliveira, KTM, + 8.402
6. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 10.035
7. Marc Marquez, Honda, + 10,110
8. Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, + 10,346
9. Nakagami, Honda, +12,225
10. Pol Espargaró, Honda, + 18,565
11. Rins, Suzuki, + 21,372
12. Binder, KTM, + 21,676
13. Petrucci, KTM, + 27.783
14. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 29,772
15. Bastianini, Ducati, + 32,785
16. Savadori, Aprilia, + 37,573
17. Gerloff, Yamaha, +53,213
18. Marini, Ducati, + 1: 06.791

Status of the drivers championship after 9 races out of 19 races

1. Quartararo, 156 Punkte. 2. Zarco 122. 3. Bagnaia 109. 4. Mir 101. 5. Miller 100. 6. Viñales 95. 7. Oliveira 85. 8. Aleix Espargaró 61. 9. Binder 60. 10. Marc Márquez 50. 11. Nakagami 41. 12. Pol Espargaró 41. 13. Morbidelli 40. 14. Rins 33. 15. Alex Márquez 27. 16. Bastianini 27. 17. Petrucci 26. 18. Martin 23. 19. Rossi 17. 20. Marini 14. 21 .Lecuona 13. 22. Bradl 11. 23. Savadori 4. 24. Pirro 3. 25. Rabat 1.

Status of the constructors’ championship:

1. Yamaha, 184 Punkte. 2. Ducati 167. 3. KTM 114. 4. Suzuki 105. 5. Honda 86. 6. Aprilia 62.

Stand Team-WM:

1. Monster Energy Yamaha, 251 Punkte. 2. Ducati Lenovo 209. 3. Pramac Racing 149. 4. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 145. 5. Suzuki Ecstar 134. 6. Repsol Honda 98. 7. LCR Honda 68. 8. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 65. 9. Petronas Yamaha SRT 57. 10. Esponsorama Racing Ducati 41. 11. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 39.

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Valentino Rossi: Test in Montmeló provides a boost / MotoGP

Valentino Rossi is unlikely to frame the current World Cup table and hang it up at home. With 15 World Championship points, he is only 19th. The trend reversal should finally take place at the Sachsenring.

No, Valentino Rossi did not manage to turn around in Montmeló either. The Italian from the Petronas Yamaha SRT racing team retired in Catalonia and is now in 19th place in the table. This is not the position the nine-time world champion sees himself in.

Rossi does not lose hope in the current difficult situation. The test drives in Montmeló also ensure that he continues to believe in himself and his speed. He makes it clear: “The test was good. We tried a few settings that we looked at beforehand and the pace was okay. I was in the top 10 and had a good feeling on the M1. “

At the Sachsenring, Rossi would now like to step up and confirm the trend of test drives. “I hope that we can continue that in Germany and have a good weekend where the race goes as we expect it to.”

The summer break is getting closer and closer. In it, Rossi would like to announce whether he will continue as a driver in the MotoGP class beyond the 2021 season. Otherwise, he could concentrate solely on his team.

For now, however, it’s about finally shining again on the track. In the past, Rossi has always been able to show what he’s made of at the Sachsenring. In 1999 he won the Moto2 series. He achieved his first success in the premier class in 2002. Three more victories were to follow later. He particularly fondly thinks back to the 2009 race, when Rossi beat Jorge Lorenzo very thinly. It was a game of cat and mouse between the two Yamaha factory riders, in which Rossi had the better end on his side.

Now the entourage is returning to Germany after a year break and Rossi says: “It’s a completely different route than the others, with a lot of left turns, and that makes it a pretty tricky route. It can be very difficult at times – but I’ve had some great fights there in the past, especially in 2009! I’m looking forward to going back after we couldn’t race there last year. “

Status of drivers’ championship after 7 races out of 19 races:

1. Quartararo 115 Points. 2. Zarco 101. 3. Miller 90. 4. Bagnaia 88. 5. Mir 78. 6. Viñales 75. 7. Oliveira 54. 8. Aleix Espargaró 44. 9. Binder 43. 10. Morbidelli 40. 11. Nakagami 31 12. Pol Espargaró 29. 13. Bastianini 26. 14. Alex Márquez 25. 15. Rins 23. 16. Petrucci 23. 17. 17. Martin 19. 18. Marc Márquez 16. 19. Rossi 15. 20. Lecuona 13 21. Marini 13. 22. Bradl 11. 23. Savadori 4. 24. Pirro 3. 25. Rabat 1.

Status of the constructors’ championship:

1. Yamaha 143 Punkte. 2. Ducati 143. 3. KTM 83. 4. Suzuki 82. 5. Honda 52. 6. Aprilia 45.

Stand Team-WM:

1. Monster Energy Yamaha 190 Punkte. 2. Ducati Lenovo 178. 3. Pramac Racing 124. 4. Suzuki Ecstar 101. 5. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 97. 6. LCR-Honda 56. 7. Petronas Yamaha SRT 55. 8. Repsol Honda 52. 9. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 48. 10. Esponsorama Racing Ducati 39. 11. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 36.

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Blast: Fabio Quartararo moved to 6th place / MotoGP

The result of the Catalunya GP was turned inside out again. Fabio Quartararo, who finished third, was postponed from 4th to 6th place. Reason: Chest protection thrown away!

At the Catalunya GP, Fabio Quartararo was initially slowed down by the problem with the Alpinestars leather open, then he received a post-race 3-second penalty for leaving the lane in the chicane (illegal shortcut) after the 24 laps, which threw him back from 3rd place to 4th place.

And then those responsible from Suzuki and Ducati marched to the Race Direction and the members of the “FIM MotoGP Steward Panel” to inquire whether Fabio Quartararo’s incomplete racing clothing was a criminal offense.

It was first suspected that the French airbag accidentally opened. However, this assumption has not come true. Even the Alpinetars technicians do not yet know exactly what happened. You have initiated an investigation and are inspecting the recorded data. It is still unclear whether Fabio opened the zipper of his leather suit and threw away his “Chest Protector” to make more space for the possibly opened airbag. The zipper was obviously not defective, as it could be closed again by the driver when driving slowly during the run-out lap.

In any case, the FIM regulations stipulate in Article 2.4.5.2 under “Rider’s Safety Equipment”: The riders must wear a helmet, leather suit, gloves, boots, back protector and chest protector at all times and correctly fastened when driving on the racetrack. However, Quartararo is demonstrably missing the Chest Protector.

Therefore, the world championship leader received another 3-second penalty, he slipped from fourth to sixth place (behind Mir and Viñales) and lost three more valuable championship points. As a result, the lead over Zarco shrank from 17 to 14 points

The stewards found that Quartararo had driven with an incorrectly closed leather suit and without a chest protector.

Mike Leitner, Race Manager at KTM, also supported the punishment of the three-time winner of the season from Nice. «The chest protector is mandatory. The race management knows that », stated the Austrian.

As a reminder: After the Qatar GP 2019, Honda, Suzuki, KTM and Aprilia protested against Ducati and winner Andrea Dovizioso because an allegedly illegal rear wheel spoiler was used on the Desmosedici. The protest was rejected because Ducati assured that the spoiler was not an unauthorized aerodynamic aid, but was used to cool the rear tire.

Yamaha did not take part in the protest at the time in Doha because they had used a similar spoiler in Valencia in November 2018. It should keep splash water away from the rear tire in the rain and thereby prevent aquaplaning.

“It also happened to me once that the airbag opened,” said Stefan Bradl in an interview with SPEEDWEEK.com that evening. «But luckily not in the race. I would understand if Fabio threw away the chest protector if the airbag really did open. Of course, it presses on the chest when the airbag opens, then you don’t have the air to breathe. That is brutal. From my point of view it was understandable what Fabio did. What should he do? He has to get some air … »

Quartararo had already disagreed with the first post-race 3-sec penaltry. However, Oliveira, Zarco and Miller unanimously said the Yamaha rider should have been stopped with the black flag.

Fabio Quartararo commented in an Instagram story: «Congratulations to everyone who complains for another penalty. As another driver said, I didn’t put anyone in danger. It was difficult enough for me to drive. But great to see some people’s real faces.»

«I just want to thank those people who support me and help me in difficult moments. I’ll see you next time.»

MotoGP results, Montmeló, June 6th:

1. Oliveira, KTM, 24 Rounds in 40: 21.749 min
2. Zarco, Ducati, + 0,175 sec
3. Miller, Ducati, + 1,990
4. Mir, Suzuki, + 5,325
5. Viñales, Yamaha, + 6,281
6. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 7,815 *
7. Bagnaia, Ducati + 8.175
8. Binder, KTM, + 8,378
9. Morbidelli, Yamaha, + 15.652
10. Bastianini, Ducati, +19,297
11. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 21,650
12. Marini, Ducati, + 22.533
13. Nakagami, Honda, +27,833
14. Martin, Ducati, + 29,075
15. Savadori, Aprilia, + 40,291

* Update: two three-second penalties

Status of drivers’ championship after 7 races out of 19 races

1. Quartararo 115 Points. 2. Zarco 101. 3. Miller 90. 4. Bagnaia 88. 5. Mir 78. 6. Viñales 75. 7. Oliveira 54. 8. Aleix Espargaró 44. 9. Binder 43. 10. Morbidelli 40. 11. Nakagami 31 12. Pol Espargaró 29. 13. Bastianini 26. 14. Alex Márquez 25. 15. Rins 23. 16. Petrucci 23. 17. 17. Martin 19. 18. Marc Márquez 16. 19. Rossi 15. 20. Lecuona 13 21. Marini 13. 22. Bradl 11. 23. Savadori 4. 24. Pirro 3. 25. Rabat 1.

Status of the constructors’ championship:
1. Yamaha 143 Punkte. 2. Ducati 143. 3. KTM 83. 4. Suzuki 82. 5. Honda 52. 6. Aprilia 45.

Stand Team-WM:
1. Monster Energy Yamaha 190 Punkte. 2. Ducati Lenovo 178. 3. Pramac Racing 124. 4. Suzuki Ecstar 101. 5. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 97. 6. LCR-Honda 56. 7. Petronas Yamaha SRT 55. 8. Repsol Honda 52. 9. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 48. 10. Esponsorama Racing Ducati 39. 11. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 36.

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Montmeló: Oliveira / KTM wins, Quartararo loses P3 / MotoGP

Red Bull KTM star Miguel Oliveira won the MotoGP race on the “Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya”. Ducati drivers Johann Zarco and Jack Miller completed the podium.

World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo started from pole position for the fifth time in a row. By the way, the last Yamaha rider who had such a qualifying series was Jorge Lorenzo in 2010. Two Ducati aces completed the front row with Jack Miller and Johann Zarco.

In addition to Quartararo, when asked about the favorites for the Catalunya GP, Miguel Oliveira’s name was often mentioned. The Red Bull KTM works driver started from position 4 – the best qualifying result for a KTM driver this season.

Jorge Martin, who was about to start his comeback race, fell 20 minutes before the start of the “Sighting Lap” in turn 5. The Pramac rookie had to start from last place on the grid.

Before the 24-lap race in Montmeló, tire selection was a big issue. The Michelin overview revealed a mixed bag: Quartararo, Morbidelli, Rossi, Miller, the two Pramacs and the four KTMs opted for the hard rear tires. Alex Márquez and Aleix Espargaró even switched to the softest mixture at the last moment, the rest opted for medium. The hard front tires were chosen by Honda (except for Alex Márquez) and KTM (except for Lecuona).

At the start, Miller and Ducati Power were still ahead, but then KTM ace Oliveira took over command. Quartararo made a mistake on the second lap: The Yamaha works rider briefly fell back to 6th place, but then fought his way back and took the lead halfway through the race.

Oliveira countered and an exciting duel developed until the world championship leader had to struggle not only with tire wear, but above all with his leather suit. Because Quartararo used the “shortcut” after a moment of shock between turns 1 and 2, there was a three-second penalty in the end, which is why Miller should inherit the podium.

Addendum: Because of driving without the mandatory chest protection, there was another three seconds on it.

After a strong start, Suzuki works driver Joan Mir seemed to have a say for a long time about the podium, but fell behind towards the end of the race. Zarco, on the other hand, was on the advance, but an attack on Oliveira was no longer possible. While the cheers in the Red Bull KTM pit were lively, the two-time Moto2 world champion and his Pramac Ducati team are waiting even longer for their first MotoGP victory.

Only 15 drivers completed the full race distance. Among others, Repsol Honda star Marc Márquez fell after fighting for a top six place in the early stages. Valentino Rossi fell behind at the beginning and then landed in the gravel trap of Turn 10 with eight laps to go.

This is how the MotoGP race went:

Start: Miller takes the lead on the brakes into Turn 1. Quartararo and Oliveira line up behind them, but the KTM rider grabs the world championship leader straight away. Strong start for Joan Mir, he’s already fourth. Bagnaia falls back to P13

1st lap: Zarco falls back to P6 behind Aleix Espargaró. Rossi only finishes the first lap in P17.

2nd round: Oliveira takes the lead. Quartararo also wants to pass Miller, but is too optimistic at Turn 7 and falls back to fifth place.

Oliveira leads before Miller, Mir, Aleix Espargaró, Zarco, Quartararo, Viñales, Marc Márquez, Binder and Bagnaia.

3rd round: Aleix Espargaró takes 3rd place from Mir. Viñales is far, goes back to the line, comes into contact with Brad Binder.

4th lap: Aleix Espargaró tries to get past Miller in turn 10, the Ducati driver immediately countered.

5th lap: Oliveira opens a small gap. I walk past Aleix Espargaró, Quartararo also takes on the Aprilia pilot. Marc Márquez follows behind on P6, while his team-mate Pol Espargaró crashes in Turn 5.

6th lap: Marc Márquez pushes past Aleix Espargaró in turn 1. Zarco interferes and sits in turn 4 in front of the eight-time world champion, who has to let Aleix pass again.

Miller drops from P2 to P4. Petrucci falls into turn 9.

7th round: Quartararo grabs second place from Mir, but the gap to Oliveira is already 1.2 seconds.

Round 8: Quartararo nibbles on Oliveira’s lead. Marc Márquez (7th) crashes into turn 10. Johann Zarco (5th) drives the fastest lap of the race at this point in time.

9th round: Nakagami (12th) receives a “long lap penalty” because he took the “shortcut” between turns 1 and 2.

10th lap: At the start-finish line, Zarco shows up next to Miller, but the works driver stays in front.

At the front, Quartararo approaches the stern of Oliveira. 0.4 seconds behind, Mir is fighting to keep up, and the Ducati duo Miller and Zarco are only 1.5 seconds behind the leaders.

Round 11: Aleix Espargaró (7th) crashes into Turn 10.

Round 12: Quartararo takes the lead from Oliveira in turn 1. Mir, Miller, Zarco, Viñales, Bagnaia, Binder, Lecuona and Morbidelli complete the top 10 at halftime.

13th lap: Oliveira doesn’t let Quartararo out of her sight – and uses the slipstream at the start-finish.

14th lap: Oliveira is the first to turn into the first corner 1 and can keep Quartararo at a distance. Me and Zarco are up to half a second, Miller is fighting to catch up.

15th lap: Zarco takes on Mir and passes on the start-finish straight.

16. Round: Oliveira is 0.4 seconds ahead of Quartararo. Behind Mir loses one place to a Ducati rider, Miller is through – and Viñales is moving closer and closer.

Rossi falls out of the points in turn 10.

17th round: Viñales is my turn. Lecuona (9th) crashes into Turn 13.

18th round: Quartararo (+ 0.2 sec) has Oliveira in view. Behind it there was a gap of almost a second and a half on Zarco and Miller. Viñales is stuck behind Me, who can no longer quite keep up.

19th round: Oliveira has a little more air again – at the end of the round it’s 0.4 sec.

20th round: Quartararo does not give up and moves a tenth closer again. Zarco follows 0.9 seconds behind.

21st round: Oliveira depends on Quartararo, who suddenly has to orient himself backwards.

Binder passes Bagnaia and is seventh.

22nd lap: Zarco passes Quartararo, who has to survive a wobble in turn 1 and goes through the emergency exit. The World Cup leader obviously has problems with his leather suit: He throws away the chest protector, the zipper stays open.

23rd lap: Quartararo defends third place in turn 1. At the top, Zarco moves up to Oliveira within 0.4 seconds!

Last lap: Zarco can’t get close enough to attempt a maneuver – Oliveira gives KTM their first win of the season! “A win in Barcelona is a statement,” says Red Bull KTM team manager Mike Leitner happily.

Quartararo defends third place to the finish line, but receives a three-second penalty for taking the shortcut between turns 1 and 2. This means that Miller is on the podium alongside Zarco.

MotoGP results, Montmeló, June 6th:

1. Oliveira, KTM, 24 Rounds in 40: 21.749 min
2. Zarco, Ducati, + 0,175 sec
3. Miller, Ducati, + 1,990
4. Mir, Suzuki, + 5,325
5. Viñales, Yamaha, + 6,281
6. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 7,815 *
7. Bagnaia, Ducati + 8.175
8. Binder, KTM, + 8,378
9. Morbidelli, Yamaha, + 15.652
10. Bastianini, Ducati, +19,297
11. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 21,650
12. Marini, Ducati, + 22.533
13. Nakagami, Honda, +27,833
14. Martin, Ducati, + 29,075
15. Savadori, Aprilia, + 40,291

* Update: two three-second penalties

Status drivers’ championship after 7 races out of 19 races

1. Quartararo 115 Points. 2. Zarco 101. 3. Miller 90. 4. Bagnaia 88. 5. Mir 78. 6. Viñales 75. 7. Oliveira 54. 8. Aleix Espargaró 44. 9. Binder 43. 10. Morbidelli 40. 11. Nakagami 31 12. Pol Espargaró 29. 13. Bastianini 26. 14. Alex Márquez 25. 15. Rins 23. 16. Petrucci 23. 17. 17. Martin 19. 18. Marc Márquez 16. 19. Rossi 15. 20. Lecuona 13 21. Marini 13. 22. Bradl 11. 23. Savadori 4. 24. Pirro 3. 25. Rabat 1.

Status of the constructors’ championship:
1. Yamaha 143 Punkte. 2. Ducati 143. 3. KTM 83. 4. Suzuki 82. 5. Honda 52. 6. Aprilia 45.

Stand Team-WM:
1. Monster Energy Yamaha 190 Punkte. 2. Ducati Lenovo 178. 3. Pramac Racing 124. 4. Suzuki Ecstar 101. 5. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 97. 6. LCR-Honda 56. 7. Petronas Yamaha SRT 55. 8. Repsol Honda 52. 9. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 48. 10. Esponsorama Racing Ducati 39. 11. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 36.

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Remy Gardner: “A dream comes true” / MotoGP

Remy Gardner leads the Moto2 World Championship and can look forward to a contract in the premier class. Now the focus is back on the title fight. In Montmeló he was allowed to speak about his rise at the press conference.

Remy Gardner was allowed to take a seat in the big concert on Thursday and attend the press conference of the MotoGP stars. The Australian can get used to it, after all, he will be part of the field in 2022 after he was promoted by the KTM Tech3 racing team. “A dream come true for me because I fought for many years to get into the MotoGP class and yes, it wasn’t easy, but in the end it looks like I made it. I can’t wait to ride the beast, but right now we still have to focus on the job, the fight for the championship in the Moto2 class, ”says Gardner.

At the moment he is leading the table by six points and his focus is clearly on defending that place. Gardner is happy that the decision about his future has been made: “I don’t think it really affected me. But I didn’t really believe it until the contract was signed. For now, nothing really changes, we still have to push and have a lot of races to go.

His closest pursuer comes from his own camp and is called Raul Fernandez. He too could still make the jump and Gardner trusts him to do so: “I’m sure that he would have no problems if he were to climb up. He’s fast, talented and that’s why it’s good for me to share the box with him. “

Status of the drivers’ championship after 6 races out of 19 races:

1. Quartararo 105 Points. 2. Zarco 81. 3. Bagnaia 79. 4. Miller 74. 5. Mir 65. 6. Viñales 64. 7. Aleix Espargaró 44. 8. Binder 35. 9. Morbidelli 33. 10. Oliveira 29. 11. Pol Espargaró 29. 12. Nakagami 28. 13. Rins 23. 14. Petrucci 23. 15. Alex Márquez 20. 16. Bastianini 20. 17. Martin 17. 18. Marc Márquez 16. 19. Rossi 15. 20. Lecuona 13. 21 . Bradl 11. 22. Marini 9. 23. Pirro 3. 24. 24. Savadori 3. 25. Rabat 1.

Status of the constructors’ championship:
1. Yamaha 132 Punkte. 2. Ducati 123. 3. Suzuki 69. 4. KTM 58. 5. Honda 47. 6. Aprilia 44.

Stand Team-WM:

1. Monster Energy Yamaha 169 Punkte. 2. Ducati Lenovo 153. 3. Pramac Racing 102. 4. Suzuki Ecstar 88. 5. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 64. 6. Repsol Honda 52. 7. Petronas Yamaha SRT 48. 8. LCR-Honda 48. 9. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 47. 10. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 36. 11. Esponsorama Racing Ducati 29.

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