After another exciting round of MotoGP™ World Championship action in Barcelona, Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) reclaimed the lead atop the overall standings. The Frenchman started P2 and offered up an overtaking masterclass to secure his position at the front, a place he never relinquished. Meanwhile, it was double joy for Team Suzuki Ecstar as both Joan Mir and Alex Rins fought their way through the grid to claim P2 and P3 respectively – the first time the Hamamatsu factory have had both of their riders on the podium since Misano 2007.
It has certainly shaken things up on the World Championship standings, but how has it affected MotoGP™ Fantasy? Let’s take a look.
Top of the Championship standings and top of the weekend’s statistics too, as Quartararo’s third win of the season saw him earn 41 Fantasy points. A healthy haul for El Diablo as his victory earned him 25 points, while his performance in Q2 that gave him P2 was worth nine points. He also received five bonus points for his fastest lap time of 1:40.142 and two more points for the one position he gained in the race from his grid slot. It is his highest haul in the last three GPs and at just 2.7m and an average points of 22.9, he looks a bargain for any Fantasy team.
The next highest scorer from the weekend’s action was Rins, with the Spaniard securing his first podium finish of the season. His tally of 39 was earned thanks to a third-place finish worth 16 points, being third fastest in Q1 (three points), and then moving up an incredible 10 places on the grid which earned him 20 points. A good Sunday afternoon for Rins owners!
Mir completes the top three scorers from the weekend with his 35 points coming from his second place on the podium valued at 20 points, an eighth placed start on the grid worth three points, and then gaining six places in the race to see him collect a further 12 points. The man second in the title race is the only rider to score over 100 points in the last three GPs, a must-have asset at this stage of the season.
Seeing a price rise of 300k for both Suzuki riders, it looks like Fantasy players are keen to take advantage of their recent good form and get them into their teams as they continue to score highly, both averaging above 20.0 points per Grand Prix.
Our podium finishers weren’t the only big scorers from the weekend though. Pecco Bagnaia’s (Pramac Racing) charge up the field from 14th on the grid to 6th helped him get score 28 points, while Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) both recorded 23 points after placing inside the Top 5 on race day.
So how does the overall MotoGP™ Fantasy Standings look after the weekend’s action?
We now have a weekend off before going again in Le Mans – who are you backing for a big points haul in France?