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A couple of weekends on from his dominant victory in Portugal, World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) came into the Spanish GP as the man to beat.
The famous Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto was the scene of Quartararo’s first pole position in MotoGP™ – and first victory. On Saturday, the Frenchman grabbed pole and was odds on favourite to convert it into a third straight victory on Sunday. And it was all going to plan. However, what we now know was arm pump, Quartararo started dropping back through the field like a stone.
Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) was the first to overtake Quartararo, with the Australian able to hold on to P1 to beat teammate Francesco Bagnaia by just under two seconds. It was Miller’s first victory since that legendary victory at Assen in 2016, his first in the dry conditions. Pecco’s P2 was his third podium in four races, as Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – on two-year-old equipment – claimed a fantastic third place. Quartararo crossed the line in P13, seeing his title lead slashed to two points over Pecco.
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