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MotoGP 2022: Fabio Quartararo wins Catalonia GP; Aleix Espargaro pays dearly for error
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MotoGP 2022: Fabio Quartararo wins Catalonia GP; Aleix Espargaro pays dearly for error

Even better for Quartararo was neither of his Italian rivals who loom large in the championship standings finished.

Fabio Quartararo sweeps to victory in Portugal MotoGP
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Fabio Quartararo sweeps to victory in Portugal MotoGP

The Yamaha rider dominated the race and finished more than five seconds ahead of fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco of Ducati-Pramac.

Argentina MotoGP: Tearful Aleix Espargaro wins first race on 200th attempt
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Argentina MotoGP: Tearful Aleix Espargaro wins first race on 200th attempt

The 32-year-old also gave Aprilia a maiden triumph in the sport's premier class while he took over the lead of the world championship after three rounds.

MotoGP: Miguel Oliveira wins rain-affected Indonesian GP
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MotoGP: Miguel Oliveira wins rain-affected Indonesian GP

The Portuguese KTM rider finished 2.205 sec ahead of current world champion Fabio Quartararo, of France, who had started from pole position on his Yamaha.

Francesco Bagnaia wins Algarve MotoGP after champion Fabio Quartararo falls
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Francesco Bagnaia wins Algarve MotoGP after champion Fabio Quartararo falls

Italy's Bagnaia, who had started on pole position for a fifth consecutive race, finished ahead of 2020 world champion Joan Mir of Suzuki and Australia's Jack Miller, also on a Ducati.

Fabio Quartararo wins first MotoGP title after Francesco Bagnaia crashes out at Emilia-Romagna GP
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Fabio Quartararo wins first MotoGP title after Francesco Bagnaia crashes out at Emilia-Romagna GP

Quartararo's win comes in his third season in MotoGP, the first with Yamaha's factory team after two years with the SRT satellite outfit. Of the 16 MotoGPs he has contested this season, he has claimed 10 podiums, including five victories.

MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins seventh Grand Prix of the Americas; Quartararo eyes title
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MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins seventh Grand Prix of the Americas; Quartararo eyes title

Marquez, starting third on the grid, seized the lead at the start and relentlessly powered to victory over championship leader Fabio Quartararo of France.

MotoGP 2021: Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia fends off Fabio Quartararo to win San Marino MotoGP
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MotoGP 2021: Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia fends off Fabio Quartararo to win San Marino MotoGP

The Italian, who celebrated his debut win in the premier category last weekend in Aragon, came under intense pressure from championship leader Fabio Quartararo in the closing laps.

MotoGP 2021: Francesco Bagnaia sets new track record, claims pole for San Marino MotoGP
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MotoGP 2021: Francesco Bagnaia sets new track record, claims pole for San Marino MotoGP

Ducati rider Bagnaia, who won his first GP at Aragon last weekend, posted a blistering best time of one minute, 31.065 seconds at Misano, finishing ahead of teammate Jack Miller and championship leader Fabio Quartararo.

MotoGP: Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia pips Marc Marquez at Aragon to claim maiden victory
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MotoGP: Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia pips Marc Marquez at Aragon to claim maiden victory

This was Bagnaia's debut success in the premier category after 10 wins combined in Moto2 and Moto3.

MotoGP 2021: Fabio Quartararo tops both practice sessions despite dramatic fall
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MotoGP 2021: Fabio Quartararo tops both practice sessions despite dramatic fall

The 22-year-old French Yamaha rider hurt his left ankle when he slipped at turn eight at Silverstone.

MotoGP: Maverick Vinales leaves Yamaha with immediate effect; Cal Crutchlow to take his seat
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MotoGP: Maverick Vinales leaves Yamaha with immediate effect; Cal Crutchlow to take his seat

After the Dutch GP at the end of June, it was announced that Maverick Vinales, who has already signed to ride for Aprilia next season, would cut short his contract and leave at the end of the season.

MotoGP 2021: South African Brad Binder wins Austrian MotoGP, Francesco Bagnaia comes second
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MotoGP 2021: South African Brad Binder wins Austrian MotoGP, Francesco Bagnaia comes second

Unlike his rivals who pitted to change bikes, Binder opted to stay out on slick tyres and skillfully held off the field to win his second-ever MotoGP.

MotoGP 2021: Jorge Martin beats out Fabio Quartararo to grab pole ahead of Austria GP
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MotoGP 2021: Jorge Martin beats out Fabio Quartararo to grab pole ahead of Austria GP

On the fastest track in MotoGP, championship leader Fabio Quartararo seemed to have sealed pole position when he smashed the record set last week by fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco last weekend ahead of the Styria Grand Prix.

MotoGP: Rookie Jorge Martin of Ducati-Pramac registers first victory's at Styria Grand Prix
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MotoGP: Rookie Jorge Martin of Ducati-Pramac registers first victory's at Styria Grand Prix

French championship leader Fabio Quartararo of Yamaha was third in a race that had to be restarted after the KTM of Spaniard Dani Pedrosa and the Aprilia of Italian Lorenzo Savadori caught fire in the middle of the track following a crash.

MotoGP 2021: Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi announces decision to retire at end of season
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MotoGP 2021: Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi announces decision to retire at end of season

Rossi told a press conference ahead of this weekend's Styrian Grand Prix that he will call it a day, 12 years on from his last MotoGP title.

MotoGP 2021: Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo wins Dutch MotoGP to extend lead atop driver's standings
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MotoGP 2021: Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo wins Dutch MotoGP to extend lead atop driver's standings

Quartararo, 22, in just his third term at the top table of racing extended his advantage to 34 points ahead of second-placed Johann Zarco, who had to contend with a fourth place in the Netherlands.

MotoGP 2021: Maverick Vinales claims pole position at Dutch MotoGP, Marc Marquez to begin in 20th position
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MotoGP 2021: Maverick Vinales claims pole position at Dutch MotoGP, Marc Marquez to begin in 20th position

Vinales' French teammate and championship leader Fabio Quartararo was second, at 0.071sec, with Ducati's Italian rider Francesco Bagnaia in third (+0.302).

MotoGP 2021: Yamaha's Maverick Vinales sets quickest time in third practice ahead of Dutch MotoGP qualifying
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MotoGP 2021: Yamaha's Maverick Vinales sets quickest time in third practice ahead of Dutch MotoGP qualifying

The Spaniard had been fastest in both of Friday's sessions and went on to clock a leading 1min 32.336 sec in the third run-out in dry conditions.

MotoGP 2021: Maverick Vinales sets fastest time in Dutch MotoGP first practice as Marc Marquez crashes
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MotoGP 2021: Maverick Vinales sets fastest time in Dutch MotoGP first practice as Marc Marquez crashes

Spaniard Vinales was fastest in both sessions, recording 1min 33.072sec in the dry morning conditions and then 1:33.241 on a rainy afternoon.