Quartararo Celebrates Dominant 2021 British MotoGP Victory!
The ENEOS-sponsored Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team celebrated a significant victory, thanks to Fabio Quartararo, who was unbeatable at the 2021 Monster Energy British Grand Prix. He won by 2.663-sec from his nearest rival. New teammate, Cal Crutchlow, made his debut, starting 19th to begin his quest for championship points and finished 17th.
Starting third on the grid, Quartararo rose to second after the first corner, then dropped two spots on the back straight before Turn 7. But not for long. He soon passed Ducati rider, Francesco Bagnaia, to close a small gap with the two front riders. El Diablo then passed Aleix Espargaró, gaining second place. Quartararo set a 2:00.485-sec provisional fastest lap before taking the lead from Honda rider, Pol Espargaró.
From there, the Frenchman disappeared, setting another fastest lap of 2:00.098sec on lap 6 to give him a 1.320sec advantage. Riding the remainder of the race by himself, Quartararo concentrated on smooth, consistent pace on his YZR-M1. At one point, he extended his lead to nearly 4sec and took the win with a 2.663-sec advantage.
“This win felt great!” exclaimed Quartararo. “Everything was perfect. I really enjoy racing like that.”
Crutchlow began his race from 19th and moved up two positions as riders crashed out during the busy opening lap. Competing on his home track, the crowds kept him amped to push for championship points, but he lost time sparring against rivals, resulting in rear tire wear during the later stages.
The Brit passed Valentino Rossi for 16th with three laps remaining but lost a place to Miguel Oliveira, finishing 17th overall, 23.232-sec from his teammate.
“I’m disappointed with where I finished but overall pleased with my performance and lap times,” said Crutchlow. “I’m working well with the team and racing in front of the home fans gave me great support. We can go away from here feeling proud.”
Quartararo’s British GP win gives him 206 points, extending his championship lead to 65 points; Crutchlow has yet to score points and is 27th in the overall standings. Yamaha is back to first in the manufacturer championship with 234 points, and Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP remains first in the team standings with 301 points.
Quartararo and Crutchlow head to Motorland Aragón circuit for the Gran Premio de Aragón, taking place September 10-12, 2021.