Italian Morbidelli, who started from second on the grid, finished in 42 minutes, 2.272 seconds to comfortably beat Pramac Racing's Francesco Bagnaia and secure his first MotoGP win.

Spain's Juan Mir edged out local hope and seven-times MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi to take the final podium place, much to the disappointment of fans who were back in the grandstands with social distancing rules amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Pole-sitter Maverick Vinales of Yamaha, who set an all-time lap record at the Misano circuit on Saturday, could only finish sixth.

The opening six rounds of the MotoGP season have produced five different winners, with Quartararo winning the first two races in Jerez. (Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond)

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