SA's Brad Binder crashes out of Andalucia MotoGP as Fabio Quartararo dominates | Sport

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Frenchman Fabio Quartararo won for the second straight week at Jerez as he dominated the Andalucia MotoGP while bikes crashed and broke down behind him in searing heat.
Frenchman Fabio Quartararo won for the second straight week at Jerez on Sunday as he dominated the Andalucia MotoGP while bikes crashed and broke down behind him in searing heat.

Quartararo, on a satellite Yamaha, was followed home by Spaniard Maverick Vinales and Italian veteran Valentino Rossi, both on Yamaha factory bikes.

With the temperature reaching 40 degree Celsius and estimated at 60 degrees on the track, only 13 of the 21 starters finished. South Africa's Brad Binder, who started in 9th place, crashed out on lap 13 when he lost control of the back end of his back and was highsided over it through a corner.

"That was tough," said Quartararo at the finish.

He has now won both races in the coronavirus-delayed MotoGP season, with last week's Spanish Grand Prix success the first by a French rider in MotoGP since 1999.

Quartararo has now won more races at the elite level than he did in four seasons in Moto2, where he recorded one victory, and Moto3, where he twice made the podium but never won.

"It feels so good to make back to back wins," he said.

Quartararo has a 50-point lead over the reigning champion Marc Marquez, who was absent with a broken arm after his crash in the season opener.

Vinales is second on 40 points after finishing runner up for the second straight race.

Vinales rued a mistake on the first lap.

"I tried to overtake Fabio but then I went wide and Fabio and Valentino overtook me," he said.

As Quartararo burst clear, Rossi, who started on the second row of the grid,…
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