French pilot Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) has taken a resounding win this Sunday for the twelfth round of the season’s calendar, the British MotoGP 2021 at the Silverstone Circuit.
Spaniards Alex Rins (Suzuki), for whom this is his first podium of the year, and a sensational Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) completed the top three behind the outstanding leader of the World Championship. Espargaro has made history by taking the first MotoGP podium for his team.
In a hair-raising last lap, Aleix Espargaro snatched his third place back from Jack Miller (Ducati), winner in Spanish & French, who had passed him a few meters before. A slightly disappointed Pol Espagaro (Honda), finished in fifth position after starting from pole.
Meanwhile, Marc Marquez, his teammate at the Japanese team, suffered yet another crash during the first meters of the race, this time taking Jorge Martín with him (Pramac Racing) in the process.
Quartararo increases his standings´ lead
‘El Diablo’ has taken another giant stride in the title race with his fifth victory of the year after Qatar 2, Portugal, Italy & Holland. The Frenchman has further increased his lead of the standings after his main pursuers, Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), Joan Mir (Suzuki) and Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) performed well below expectations this weekend.
Quartararo now commands the standings with 206 points, 65 over Joan Mir (141), now second on his own. Zarco, for his part, has risen to third place with 137 units, one more than Bagnaia.
The performance of both the French pilot (eleventh) and the Italian (fourteenth) has fallen short of what it is to be expected from a serious title contender.
‘El Diablo’ led the race from lap four
Quartararo is therefore well on his way to conquer the crown, so much so that at the moment he seems to be under no threat from any of his supposed rivals, as he made clear during this British MotoGP 2021.
Four laps into the race and Quartararo was already cruising at the lead, a position that he kept unchallenged until the end. Partly thanks to his M1, a far superior machine than the rest, he crushed all of his opponents at Silverstone.
It was also a sensational day for the other two podium holders. After a disastrous year, plagued with falls and injuries, Alex Rins, climbed up the box for the first time in 2021. The joy was even greater for his compatriot, Aleix Espargaro after he sealed Aprilia’s first ever MotoGP podium. Quite a feat!
Images of British MotoGP 2021: Yamaha.