SILVERSTONE: Fabio Quartararo of Yamaha won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday, claiming his fifth victory of the season and extending his lead in the MotoGP world championship standings.
On lap five, the French rider, who started third on the grid, took the lead and opened up a three-second buffer on the pursuing pack before gliding home in style to tighten his hold on the championship this season.
Quartararo’s lead over Suzuki’s reigning world champion Joan Mir, who placed seventh, has grown to 65 points in the standings. Ducati Pramac’s Johann Zarco climbed into third place, ahead of the Ducati factory team’s Francesco Bagnaia.
Quartararo dedicated his victory to the thousands of spectators who had gathered to see the race.
He stated, “It’s nice to see the fans and share the victory with them.” “Now that I’m able to take more chances, all I want to do is battle for victory. I don’t have to think about the title with a 65-point lead.”
Alex Rins, Mir’s Suzuki teammate, finished second for his first podium of the season, with Aleix Espargaro of Aprilia Racing Team Gresini holding off Jack Miller on the final lap to finish third and record his team’s first-ever MotoGP podium.
At the start of the race, pole-sitter Pol Espargaro claimed the lead, with his brother Aleix close behind in second, until Quartararo made his move and began pulling away. Pol came in fifth position overall.
After a collision, Honda’s six-time premier-class winner Marc Marquez and Pramac Ducati’s rookie rider Jorge Martin both went out in the opening lap.