Champion in Portugal, Quartararo ends long wait

French racer Fabio Quartararo successfully won the inaugural Moto-GP 2022 season in the racing series at the Algarve International Circuit, Portugal, Sunday (24/4). The victory made the Monster Yamaha team racer now at the top of the standings with a collection of 69 points.

This is the first for the reigning champion since the racing series at Silverstone, England, last August 2021. No doubt, the podium in Portugal is also a momentum for him to be able to remain competitive to defend the title.

« I kept pushing to the limit. To be honest I also did it in Austin and Argentina but here our bike feels good, the straights are not too long either, » said Quartararo after the race.

Quartararo was 5.6 seconds ahead of compatriot Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) who finished second. Starting the race from fifth, Quartararo managed to start well to lead throughout the race. « Today I felt great from the warm-up and in the race session started a good start, » he added.

Jack Miller (Ducati) and Joan Mir (Suzuki) who fought for third place were involved in an incident and were forced to end the race with seven laps remaining. Miller, who tried to overtake from inside at Turn 1, slipped and Mir fell too.

The third podium finally fell into the hands of Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) followed by Alex Rins (Suzuki) and the host racer Miguel Oliveira (KTM). last with his younger brother, Alex Marquez (LCR Honda). (OL-15)