It was indeed a perfect weekend for Fabio Quartararo as he won the Dutch GP, extending his points advantage. It wasn’t all smooth, though.
In the opening laps, factory Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia led the race and tried to keep Quartararo at bay. It was only after some desperate lunges and failed attempts that the factory Yamaha rider got his crucial break. However, once he found his rhythm, there was no stopping. With consistent performances like this, Fabio surely seems the favourite for the world championship.
It’s safe to say Vinales was the most talked about person in the paddock this weekend. Having started the weekend with some crude statements about the factory Yamaha team, Vinales topped all free practices (barring FP4) and even took pole, smashing the lap record too. However, the Spaniard struggled in the starting laps, thanks to an average launch off the line. He took his time to make up positions, finally finishing second place. Joan Mir, finishing in third place. He took third in typical Suzuki fashion -- after qualifying way down the row and then showing rapid pace in the race. Mir was initially stuck behind Johann Zarco for a while before launching an attack on the Pramac Ducati man, ultimately finishing in the third position.