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Each Quartararo and Bagnaia had been the strongest riders of the Jerez weekend, with the pair beginning 1-2 on the grid – Bagnaia taking pole forward of Quartararo – and displaying the strongest race tempo in FP4.
The pair received off the road evenly, however Quartararo was edged out by Bagnaia and sat behind the Ducati rider for your complete 25-lap race.
Resulting from his entrance tyre stress going up behind Bagnaia, Quartararo dropped again into clear air at one stage of the race to mount an assault within the closing laps.
However, regardless of ending up zero.285 seconds behind Bagnaia on the chequered flag, Quartararo says it was not possible to overhaul the Ducati rider.
“Sure, was troublesome,” mentioned Quartararo, who now leads the championship by seven factors. “My objective was to overhaul Pecco within the first two, three laps. However he was super-fast, was braking super-good and tight.
“So, it was powerful and once I was behind him my entrance tyre had the sensation that the entrance stress and entrance temperature was tremendous excessive.
“And I needed to make a small hole to Pecco as a result of I couldn’t trip behind him.
“Then the final laps I gave my greatest to attempt one thing, nevertheless it was not doable to attempt any overtakes as a result of he was super-fast, tremendous constant.
“However I’m actually completely happy about this race as a result of our tempo was robust.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Staff, Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing
Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Quartararo added small second at Flip 11 on the ultimate lap led him to name off any last-corner lunge on Bagnaia – although admits an try would have been exhausting anyway given how effectively the Ducati rider was braking.
“Final lap I used to be pushing like hell, however I attempted to make Flip 11 super-fast to present a attempt on the final nook, however I misplaced the entrance a bit bit in Flip 11,” he added.
“I mentioned ‘OK, I’m going slowly’. There was two corners to go, there was no probability to overhaul Pecco within the final nook.
“So, I used to be taking it straightforward within the final two corners however I couldn’t attempt as a result of Pecco, when he was alone, he was not behind any riders and it’s significantly better for the entrance tyre.
“However he labored very well on the primary laps to get this opportunity.”