El Italian Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha YZR M 1) dominated the MotoGP Grand Prix of Teruel from start to finish at the Motorland circuit in Alcañiz by benefiting from the fall of the fastest training session, the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V), while Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) continues to be the world leader.
Morbidelli’s victory was joined by the second position of Rins, with his teammate and world leader, Joan Mir, third.
Mir (137 points) now has fourteen points clear of Quartararo, 19 for Viñales, 25 for Morbidelli, 28 for Dovizioso and 32 for his teammate Rins.
The Japanese Takaaki Nakagami (Honda RC 213 V) he was not surprised at the start despite the efforts of both Franco Morbidelli and Alex Rins to overcome himAlthough the Japanese’s joy was short-lived, since Carlos Checa’s turn five fell to the ground, losing his grip on the front end, probably because he wanted to force the pace too fast to distance himself from his rivals.
Shortly before, the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), struck by the South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16), had been involved in another mishap, in a incident investigated by Race Direction, but clearly caused by the African.
The first turn and the race had already lost three protagonists and left in the lead of it to Morbidelli, followed by Alex Rins, while Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR), the world leader, who started from a delayed tenth position was fifth already on the third lap.
Álex Márquez’s frustrated comeback
In the eleventh lap of the twenty-three scheduled for the race, Mir overtook Zarco and almost at the end of that lap, in the long turn into the finish line, that the Repsol Honda rider “borda”, overtook the Frenchman, what He returned the overtaking at the end of the straight, although Márquez did not take more than a couple of curves to overcome it again.
However, Alex Márquez could not bear the pressure of seeing that Joan Mir was leaving little by littleoe tried to force the pace, causing him to make a mistake at turn two that landed him nine laps from the finish.
In front, Franco Morbidelli knew how to maintain a very constant rhythm and with a meager half-second advantage over Alex Rins, maintain the lead in the Teruel race, although persevering like few others, the Suzuki rider, winner last weekend In this same scenario, he scratched his rival thousandth by thousandth until he literally stuck to his slipstream, although an error by the Spaniard allowed the Italian to take his advantage almost to second, which was irrecoverable, seven laps from the end.
With Morbidelli winning and the Suzuki riders behind him, Alex Rins and Joan Mir, fourth place went to Pol Espargaró (KTM), with Maverick Viñales seventh, Fabio Quartararo octavo, Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16), ninth and Italian Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), tenth.
Andrea Dovizioso couldn’t get past thirteenth position and is moving away in his chances of fighting for the world title, while Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP) could not finish the test due to technical problems.