Quartararo dominates the Andalucia MotoGP to take back-to-back victories at Jerez.

Bagnaia was on course for a safe second place and first MotoGP podium until a late engine failure on his Pramac Ducati.

That instead went to Vinales, who finally passed team-mate Rossi on the penultimate lap. Rossi then held off a closing Nakagami to claim his first podium since Austin last season.

Morbidelli was also in the podium hunt until his M1 ground to a halt on the main straight, just as happened to Rossi's bike one week ago.

The extreme heat saw a spate of accidents and only 13 finishers, starting with Binder clipping Oliveira into a highside at turn one.

Reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez attempted a return to action on Saturday, just four days after surgery to plate a fractured right arm, but withdrew after qualifying.

Crutchlow (wrist fracture) and Rins (dislocated shoulder) made their injury comebacks on Friday and were starting their first race of the season today.

There will now be one weekend off before the Czech Republic round at Brno, where Marquez will try to return.

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Andalucia MotoGP - Race Results
PosRiderNatTeamTime/Diff
1Fabio QuartararoFRAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)41m 22.666s
2Maverick ViñalesSPAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+4.495s
3Valentino RossiITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+5.546s
4Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+6.113s
5Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+7.693s
6Andrea DoviziosoITADucati Team (GP20)+12.554s
7Pol EspargaroSPARed Bull KTM (RC16)+17.488s
8Alex MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)*+19.357s
9Johann ZarcoFRAReale Avintia (GP19)+23.523s
10Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+27.091s
11Tito RabatSPAReale Avintia (GP19)+33.628s
12Bradley SmithGBRAprilia Test Rider (RS-GP)+36.306s
13Cal CrutchlowGBRLCR Honda (RC213V)+45.683s
 Francesco BagnaiaITAPramac Ducati (GP20)DNF
 Franco MorbidelliITAPetronas Yamaha (YZR-M1)DNF
 Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)*DNF
 Danilo PetrucciITADucati Team (GP20)DNF
 Jack MillerAUSPramac Ducati (GP20)DNF
 Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Gresini (RS-GP)DNF
 Iker LecuonaSPARed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)*DNF
 Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM Tech3 (RC16)DNF

* Rookie.
Official Jerez MotoGP records:
Best lap:
Maverick Vinales SPA Yamaha 1m 36.584s (2020)
Fastest race lap:
Marc Marquez SPA Honda 1m 38.051s (2019)

By Peter McLaren

 

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