06 Jul Top ten for Morbidelli but heart-break for Quartararo at German GP
Franco Morbidelli has taken a competitive top ten finish for PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team at the German Grand Prix, dicing for the podium in the early stages before coming home in ninth. However, it was heart-break for Fabio Quartararo, falling out of the fight for the podium in the opening stages of the race.
With different track conditions from qualifying after overnight rain, the Italian-Brazilian was forced to play it safe in the race, conserving his tyres to take home valuable championship points. Despite the change in grip, Morbidelli was able to manage his race well to ensure that he kept a gap to the group behind and score his fifth top ten of the season.
Quartararo looked set for another strong race after qualifying on the front row, but the Frenchman was unable to realise his potential after an unfortunate early fall. Hampered by other riders as he jockeyed for position, he became one of many riders to make a small mistake at turn three. Walking away uninjured, he will go into the summer break hoping to come back stronger.
The championship now heads into its summer break, returning to action at the Czech Grand Prix. Action at the Brno circuit gets underway from 2-4 August.