The Gran Premio de Teruel MotoGP round in Aragon, Spain yesterday witnessed Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) taking home his second ever premier class victory and with stunning fashion. The style that he did so reminded us of the great Jorge Lorenzo where Morbidelli took the holeshot and left everyone in the dust.
Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) was the crowd favourite to win his first-ever MotoGP race following a superbly strong weekend as well as obtaining the pole position. Sadly, he crashed out at Turn 4 in the first lap after losing his front and ended his attempt to win the race prematurely.
This is when Morbidelli put on a masterclass performance where he pushed lap after lap to the point where he set a new race lap record which was held by Jorge Lorenzo for the past five years in Aragon. The Suzukis posed a threat but it wasn’t long before the Italian decided to jogged away from the likes of Alex Rins and Joan Mir. Both riders finished the race in second and third, respectively.
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According to Franco Morbidelli, “I am very happy with this win; it feels a little bit different to when I won in Misano. It comes from the hard work that the crew has put in; they have done an unbelievable job and worked so well together to get this win. The bike was perfect during the race, I was feeling great and I just had to focus on getting the bike to the finish line in the shortest, fastest, time possible.”
“This victory is for them, for my crew. Without their work it would not have been possible. So, thank you. Now we are just 25 points from being at the top of the championship standings, which means that it is time to go super aggressive into the final three races of this year,” added Morbidelli.
After yesterday’s race, Joan Mir extended his lead in the 2020 MotoGP championship title chase to 137 points. His closest rival, Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) finished eighth and added to his tally of 123 points followed by Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) in third with 118 points. As for Morbidelli, he jumps to P4 with only 25 points separating him and the leader.
Three rounds remaining in the 2020 calendar where teams and riders will head to Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Spain and the Algarve International Circuit, Portugal for season’s triple-header finale from 8-22 November 2020. Brace yourselves, things are about to get very, very interesting.