The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP squad is on a role two weeks in a row now as Fabio Quartararo completed last night's Grand Prix of Doha in first place after a sensational performance in the MotoGP premier class. The Frenchman showed great determination despite starting the race from P5 and dropping to P9 during the opening lap.
As we have seen last week, the Ducatis were quick of the line thanks to their holeshot device and it was essentially the Pramac Ducati duo, Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco who dominated most part of the race. Quartararo knew that his Yamaha M1 has what it takes to finish up front and using its superior cornering performance, he picked one rider after another before battling it out with Jorge Martin.
To say that the race was close is an understatement considering the fact that the top three riders (Quartararo, Martin, and Zarco) were only separated by 1.5 seconds as they completed the race. It's even more amazing that the top 15 riders were only within 8.9 seconds of each other, a new premier class record in MotoGP.
The MotoGP paddock will now leave the sandy desert of Qatar after gruelling back-to-back rounds to make their way to Portugal in two weeks' time. Johann Zarco now leads the championship with 40 points, followed by Fabio Quartararo and Maverick Vinales with 36 points each, and Ducati factory rider, Francesco Bagnaia, with 26 points.