Despite having had a tough weekend at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Fabio Quartararo #20 managed to keep hold of a solid top-7 position until he crashed out on lap 21, ending his challenge with an NC result.
Fabio Quartararo didn’t have the best of starts from P7 but made up for it in the first couple of corners, recovering to eighth over the line. He picked up two more positions, keen to close in on the leading group. Setting a fastest lap of the race thus far on lap 3 showed the Frenchman was serious.
El Diablo knew it was key to pass riders ahead if he wanted to have a shot at a podium place. With 15 laps to go, the number-20 rider launched his first attack on Jorge Martin but went wide. As Quartararo was calculating where he would make his next move, he had a wobble in Turn 13 a lap later that allowed Johann Zarco through. It made race harder for the Yamaha man, but not impossible. He overtook Martin and was in sixth place when he crashed on lap 21 in Turn 5 what ended his challenge. It is his first NC result of the season.
2021 MotoGP World Champion Quartararo keeps a 267 points total. With 364 points, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have secured second position in the Constructor Championship having collected 298 points, with a 34-point disadvantage to first and a 71-point margin over third.
The next MotoGP round will be back in action at the Circuito Ricardo Tormo (Valencia – Spain), held from 12-14 November.


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