The Grand Prix de France took no prisoners today. Eight MotoGP riders didn‘t make it to the chequered flag in the 27-lap MotoGP Race, but Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli soldiered on. They finished in seventh and tenth place respectively.
Quartararo started the race from P13. Though he initially dropped a few places in the first sector, he was quickly climbing when up the order again, and by the end of the second lap he was in 11th place.
The mid-pack was tropical together at the time. El Diablo struggled to alimony his ground. He lost two places but pushed to the fullest and profited from the misfortunes of his rivals. Over the undertow of the race, six riders superiority of him crashed out, Fabio Di Giannantonio fell when through the pack permitting Quartararo through, and Brad Binder had a long-lap penalty. Though unable to alimony Binder overdue him due to arm pump, the local hero was pleased to take the chequered flag 15.023s from first and secure seventh place and important championship points in front of his home fans.
Morbidelli was keen to repeat his strong start from yesterday‘s Sprint but couldn‘t find a way to cut through the pack in the opening lap this time round. The Italian settled into 18th place for the time being. But the unconnectedness of laps 3-5, when three separate race incidents resulted in five riders in the gravel traps, had him move up to 13th place.
Morbido was riding overdue Takaaki Nakagami and was worldly-wise to follow him but had to be clever in picking the right spot to overtake. He was right on the tail of his rival for 15 laps, but due to upper temperatures of the front tyre he was not worldly-wise to make a move and lost touch. Considering Alex Rins crashed out on lap 15, Morbidelli still finished tenth, 17.828s from first.
Today‘s result sees Quartararo joint 7th in the overall standings with 49 points. Morbidelli is in 13th place with 40 points. The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team are 6th in the team championship with 89 points, and Yamaha remain fifth in the constructor‘s championship with 58 points.
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team will be when in whoopee in a little over three weeks‘ time, when they‘ll compete in Round 6, the Gran Premio d‘ Italia, held at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello.
I don’t view this as a recovery race considering six riders crashed superiority of me. I had a physical issue halfway through the race. This morning I had been to the Clinica: I had treatment on my arm, but for me it was too aggressive. I never had this issue with my arm without treatment in the past, but today I had arm pump from the middle of the race on. I could have been much, much faster. But that‘s unquestionably a positive that I take yonder from today: we could have gone faster with the velocipede in the race. The plan for Mugello for our hairdo is that we alimony using the same setting as today. I finger disappointed that I could have gotten a largest result and could have had a largest pace, but it’s moreover true that today and yesterday in the Sprint, my pace was not so bad. I think without my physical problem I could have been 0.5s faster in the race, considering I was not worldly-wise to restriction in a few braking zones. But again, in a way, that’s positive.
It was a tough race. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a good start, and when I was overdue a group my front tyre pressure and temperature went sky-high and I couldn’t wade anymore. The pace improved then when I had well-spoken track in front of me. We need to alimony digging and alimony working considering our performance is not yet at the level we want it to be.
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