Quartararo dominates British MotoGP, Miller fourth

Fabio Quartararo. Picture: MotoGP.com

Fabio Quartararo has run away with the British MotoGP while Jack Miller just missed out on the podium.

Quartararo took the lead for the first time on Lap 5 at Silverstone and, with his title rivals struggling, rode his Monster Energy Yamaha to a victory which puts him 65 points up in the championship.

Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins claimed second from 10th on the grid, and Gresini Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro prevailed in a late battle with Ducati Lenovo’s Miller for third.

At the start, Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) led the field away from pole position, with Quartararo second and Aleix Espargaro jumping to third by the time they reached Maggotts.

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) had begun the day in a tie for second in the championship with Joan Mir, and that was where the Italian sat in the race after a successful divebomb into Stowe on Lap 1, while Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) made contact just behind.

They survived that, but a second touch, when Marquez tried to pass Martin off Vale and into Club, took both down and out of the race.

Aleix Espargaro then passed Bagnaia at Brooklands and thus, at the end of the standing lap, they were second and third respectively, from Quartararo, Miller, Valentino Rossi (Petronas SRT Yamaha), Mir (Suzuki Ecstar), and Rins.

Aleix Espargaro dived at Pol Espargaro at Stowe on Lap 3 but could not make the move stick, before Quartararo took third off Bagnaia into Village later that lap.

Quartararo passed Aleix Espargaro for second at The Loop on Lap 4, and Bagnaia also moved by #41 down the Wellington Straight, but would soon cede third to the Aprilia rider again.

On Lap 5, Quartararo hit the front when he sliced past Pol Espargaro at Farm, and quickly set about gapping the #44 Honda.

Meanwhile, Miller, still running fifth, had fended off one attack from Mir when he made a mistake at the start of Lap 6 and both Suzukis went through.

Aleix Espargaro overtook Pol Espargaro for second at Vale on Lap 6 but Quartararo was already moving to a full second clear of the chasing pack.

Like team-mate Miller, a Bagnaia error gave an easy position to each of the Suzukis, before Rins passed Mir for fourth into Stowe on Lap 7.

Rins was into the podium positions when he got through on Pol Espargaro at the Loop on Lap 8, while Quartararo was three seconds ahead of second-placed Aleix Espargaro with 11 laps down and nine to go.

Rins caught up to the Aprilia and when Aleix Espargaro ran wide at Stowe on Lap 12, #42 was through.

As Mir and Bagnaia started to seriously struggle for pace, Miller was on something of a resurgence, getting himself back into the top five and then closing up to Pol Espargaro.

The pole-sitter also ended up wide of the race line at Stowe, on Lap 15, and ‘Jackass’ rode through the gap to put the #43 Ducati into fourth position.

With two laps to go, Miller became a threat for a podium as he reduced the margin to Aleix Espargaro, while Quartararo was cruising at well over three seconds ahead of Rins.

On the final lap, Miller went down the inside of Aleix Espargaro at Village but #41 snatched the spot back almost immediately, through Aintree.

Quartararo took the chequered flag with a margin of 2.663s over Rins, while Aleix Espargaro’s podium is Aprilia’s first in the MotoGP era.

Behind Miller, fifth through ninth was Pol Espargaro, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM), Iker Lecuona (Tech3 KTM), Alex Marquez (Castrol LCR Honda), and Mir, the latter of whom is still second in the championship.

Danilo Petrucci (Tech3 KTM) took 10th, ahead of Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati), Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama Ducati), Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu LCR Honda), Bagnaia, and Luca Marini (Sky VR46 Esponsorama Ducati).

Finishing outside the points were Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM) in 16th and the other three on YZR-M1s, namely Cal Crutchlow (Monster Energy Yamaha) from Rossi and Jake Dixon (Petronas SRT Yamaha).

Martin and Marc Marquez would be the only non-finishers, while Lorenzo Savadori (Gresini Aprilia) had been withdrawn before Saturday action commenced.

Round 13 is the Aragon Grand Prix, at MotorLand Aragon, on September 10-12.

Race results: British MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time/Gap
1 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 40:20.579
2 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +2.663
3 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia +4.105
4 43 Jack MILLER AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +4.254
5 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda +8.462
6 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +12.189
7 27 Iker LECUONA ESP Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +13.560
8 73 Alex MARQUEZ ESP LCR Honda CASTROL Honda +14.044
9 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +16.226
10 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM +16.287
11 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Pramac Racing Ducati +16.339
12 23 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati +17.696
13 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +18.285
14 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati +20.913
15 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati +21.018
16 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +22.022
17 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +23.232
18 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +29.758
19 96 Jake DIXON GBR Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha +50.845
DNF 89 Jorge MARTIN ESP Pramac Racing Ducati 19 Laps
DNF 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 0 Lap

Race winner: 20 laps

Championship points

Pos Rider Nat Pts
1 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA 206
2 Joan MIR ESP 141
3 Johann ZARCO FRA 137
4 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA 136
5 Jack MILLER AUS 118
6 Brad BINDER RSA 108
7 Maverick VIÑALES ESP 95
8 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR 85
9 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP 83
10 Jorge MARTIN ESP 64
11 Alex RINS ESP 64
12 Marc MARQUEZ ESP 59
13 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN 58
14 Pol ESPARGARO ESP 52
15 Alex MARQUEZ ESP 49
16 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA 40
17 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA 36
18 Enea BASTIANINI ITA 35
19 Iker LECUONA ESP 33
20 Luca MARINI ITA 28
21 Valentino ROSSI ITA 28
22 Stefan BRADL GER 11
23 Dani PEDROSA ESP 6
24 Lorenzo SAVADORI ITA 4
25 Michele PIRRO ITA 3
26 Tito RABAT ESP 1
27 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR  
28 Garrett GERLOFF USA  
29 Jake DIXON GBR  

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