The San Marino Grand Prix has come & gone for the 2020 MotoGP Campaign, with an upcoming driver earning his first podium victory. Franco Morbidelli for Yamaha obtained 1st Place at San Marino, which came after initially acquiring 2nd in Qualifying. Moments after the lights turned green & drivers began racing, Franco Morbidelli passed Maverick Vinales, entering the first position, and maintaining that placement until San Marino GP ended.
Franco Morbidelli wasn’t without his challenges in 1st place, with Maverick Vinales & Valentino Rossi following closely behind Italian Racer. Overtaking opportunities on Morbidelli grew after Fabio Quartararo entered 3rd. His distance from first was less than +0.500-Seconds, and most thought that Quartararo was going to overtake Morbidelli by the next lap. Nobody anticipated Fabio crashing on the 4th corner and re-enter the pits. That forced Fabio Quartararo into 20th place, and the pain previously experienced during his initial fall caused for another crash. The 2nd incident put Quartararo into DNF Status, giving Franco Morbidelli every opportunity to maintain his lead.
Quartararo having cold tyres & unable to sustain his former speed at San Marino allowed for Morbidelli to exclusively worry about Valentino Rossi, who had performed an undercut during the pit-stops. Franco proved himself a strong contender in the MotoGP Campaign by overtaking Valentino Rossi laps later.
Supporters of the former MotoGP Champion, Valentino Rossi, were disappointed seeing Franco Morbidelli overtake & enter first. It’s been a prolonged period since Valentino Rossi obtained 1st place in MotoGP, with Marc Marquez regularly dominating over the ageing superstar. Rossi wouldn’t even sustain a podium position, with Francesco Bagnaia getting 2nd, and Joan Mir reaching 3rd. Valentino Rossi would finish in 4th position.
Quartararo Halted in Championship Goals
There are broader implications behind the Grand Prix. Fabio Quartararo maintaining 6th position at San Marino has meant, the champion losing to Andrea Dovizioso. Andrea stands six-points against of Fabio Quartararo, who sustains 70-Points. However, Fabio dominating over Andrea Dovizioso during the upcoming Catalan Grand Prix would ensure Quartararo’s first-place contention in the driver’s championship. Several MotoGP Grand Prix’s remain before the 2020 Campaign is over, and lots of changes can happen during that period. There isn’t any guarantee that Fabio Quartararo will be MotoGP Champion.