Fabio Quartararo won the second consecutive GP of the season, on the same track of the first MotoGP World Championships last week. But behind him a pair of Yamaha marked the border with the others. The third, Valentino Rossi's one, after a long and exciting duel with Maverick Vinales after holding the second position with his teeth, one after the other, with the bike widening, the tire giving way.
With the teammate who was trying to remedy a mistake in the start, a wrong break on the first lap that opened the door for Valentino. A second mistake to think about, after the unfortunate choice of the soft front tire last Sunday.
He hit the podium, the gypsy, but in the meantime Quartararo fled. With a staggering step. It was what Marquez feared, the spring that pushed him to try, unless he gave up. All Yamaha podium with Rossi fighting as always at 41 years-old.
A tough nut to crack for the young Vinales who passed him two laps from the end. But what a battle! On the finish line a second to separate them, in the middle of 26 years of difference. The Doctor did not pay the age, on the contrary physically he was in excellent shape on the 46th, but the chronic consumption of his rear tire, with the heat that in Jerez.
The enormous regret remains for a podium where at least two Italians could have been. Bagnaia saw his Ducati's engine go up in smoke six laps from the end, while he was chasing Quartararo after passing Rossi. Morbidelli turned off the bike nine laps from the finish after grabbing fourth place, a bit like what happened to Rossi last Sunday.
Marc Marquez: surgery was successful
Marc Marquez went under surgery at the University Clinic Dexeus in Barcelona by Dr. Xavier Mir. And the surgery was successful: a plaque was inserted, which reduced the fractures suffered in the humerus of the right arm due to the fall in the race last Sunday in Jerez.
The radial nerve, which worried, is intact. Which should reduce recovery time. Now it's about seeing the functionality of the humerus. With the radial nerve in place, it is not excluded that, after having missed the second GP of Jerez (named of Andalusia), the world champion poses to return to the track for the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, in Brno, on August 7th.
His team manager, Albert Puig, is optimistic and seems relieved by the outcome of the intervention. "Everyone in the World Cup has the unfortunate chance of getting hurt and having to go to the operating room - he said - unfortunately, it was our turn and it was Marc who had to undergo surgery.
Marc will need some time to recover, but we are happy with how everything went. Dr. Mir and his team have dealt with the whole situation since autumn (the reference was to shoulder injury, ed.) And they performed a successful operation.
This gives the team a lot of motivation, knowing that it went well, but now we have to be patient to see how Marc recovers and to understand when he can return." Now all the attention of the team is on Alex Marquez who made his MotoGP debut last Sunday with a 12th place (and who is in the curious situation of having already been unloaded for the 2021 season, when Pol Espargaro arrives).
In fact, Honda will not replace Marc for next weekend's race, waiting to see if he can have him on track for the next one in the Czech Republic.