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Quartararo Dominates A Packed MotoGP™ Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya

Jun 052022

The sun beamed, the fans baked, Michelin tyres were shredded and MotoGP was a thrilling blur once more around the Circuit de Barcelona – Catalunya for one of the most atmospheric Grands Prix of the 2022 season so far. Over 60,000 spectators took up a spot around the sweeping course with its half-mile straight and relentless action through the MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3 classes.

Radical corner slides, close position swapping, ferocious acceleration, and ‘ridiculous’ sights such as the world champion, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo, dragging his shoulder along the ground around Turn 5 at more than 100mph, were just some of the treats on display.

For 31 years MotoGP has scraped the kerbstones at the Catalan course, a short distance from the Mediterranean city and from the epic Spanish coastline itself. The last nine editions of the race have been home to the special Monster Energy flavour, with Rig Riots, action sports demos, the beach ‘compound’, and a party vibe.

Quartararo was in his element. The Frenchman triumphed for the first time in his career at Catalunya in 2018 and provided a resounding repeat of his superiority with a lights-to-flag streak away from the pack. The temperatures were as high as the pace but #20 sizzled to a tenth victory in the premier class. “I was not expecting that consistency and to be that fast,” FQ admitted. “The start was super-important and the strategy was not to go to the limit but to push hard. It was a super-long race and you start to think about stupid things on the bike…but…I was good!”

“It was great to be here and the fans were incredible,” he grinned. “We were all on the podium without boots so I think some of them have some nice things to take home!”

 “Starting from 17th and finish 4th is a good one! I prefer to finish on the podium honestly…but we have some problems to solve if we want to fight for that position in the future.”

After the race Vietti explained: “I am so happy to get this result, we arrived here in Barcelona very motivated to do well, and during the race I pushed very hard. 25 points is very important to the championship battle and it gives me and the team a great feeling for the next race in Germany. Thank you to all of the fans for the support - it has been an incredible weekend!”