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Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) may not have ousted Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) in Jerez, but he still came away with second place. Enough to start his year in style.
The following weekend, the Iwata factory looked untouchable as three of their riders stood on the podium; Valentino Rossi's (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) only podium finish in 2020.
Meanwhile, Fabio Quartararo gave us a Kylian Mbappé-style celebration after his second victory in the space of a week.
Czech Republic GP
Two weeks later in Brno, Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) claimed a podium with his Ducati, despite having been forced to observe a Long Lap Penalty.
Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) tasted the joys of his first Top 3.
And Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) did even better by securing a very first victory in just his third start in the big leagues, the first also at this level for a South African ... and KTM!
And speaking of maiden winners, another name was added to that list in Styria, Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3). It ended a 20-year wait for Hervé Poncharal and his team, sparking jubilant scenes in the box.
GP of San Marino and the Rimini Riviera
Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) finished second in this event. It was a career best finish for the Italian!
Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) denied Valentino Rossi a podium on home soil in the dying moments, propelling himself into Championship contention.
The Mallorcan then sealed the title in Valencia, after securing an eighth-place finish.