Francesco Bagnaia, after suffering a fall at Mugello last year, got his revenge by winning in front of his home crowd this Sunday. Fabio Quartararo takes an excellent second place, being the only driver equipped with a 4-cylinder engine in the points series. Aleix Espargaro completes a podium identical to the one in Jerez at the beginning of May.
Who is the hero of the Italian Grand Prix? The answer is plural. Francesco Bagnaia, of course, for winning at home two weeks after his crash at Le Mans. But, without a doubt, also Fabio Quartarara, second in the race, where he fought like a lion on the wheel of the Yamaha, which was inferior to the Ducati in terms of power. The lack of M1 created big problems for the Frenchman, but his combativeness allowed him to capture one of the best podiums of his career.
Starting from the front row, Fabio di Giannantonio, Marco Becsecchi and Luca Marini led into the first turn, but the order was not the same as on the grid. Valentino Rossi’s half-brother quickly overtook his team-mate, and Dija dropped to third. Aleix Espargaro and Fabio Quartarara follow, well past the first sequences of the Mugello circuit. Fifth at the start, Francesco Bagnaia was condemned and finished the first lap only eighth.
Aggressive, Fabio Quartararo immediately attacks the men in front of him. Aleix Espargaro was out, followed by Fabio di Giannantonio, despite Ducati’s advantage on the long pit straight. He then joins Luca Marini, who has been overtaken by Marco Besecki, who is leading MotoGP for the first time in his short career. VR46 men overtake El Diablobut also Francesco Bagnaia, who climbs the slope after the first difficult kilometers.
The Italian leads at the start of the ninth lap. Fabio Quartarara looked to follow him but ran into Marco Bezecchi, slower but also helped by the power of his Desmosedici. Luca Marini takes the opportunity to join them and Francesco Bagnaia leaves. When the French moved into second place, Peck has a lead of one second.
Behind them, Enea Bastianini tried to recover from a difficult start to the race, but fell while chasing Alejandro Espargaro. In doing so, he follows Suzuki riders Joanne Meera and Alex Rins, who fell outside the top 10. Thus, in a few minutes, three contenders for the title are on the mat. A mistake that Francesco Bagnaia does not make, unlike last year when he made a mistake in the lead.
Fabio Quartararo pushed, but the Italian held on and maintained his second lead. The checkered flag comes to him at the end of the 23rd lap, marking his first career victory in Tuscany, his second of the season after Jerez. As in Spain, together with him, Fabio Quartarara rises to the second step of the podium. And just like in Spain, Alejandro Espargaro is in third place, getting rid of the VR46 riders in the second part of the race.
After a tough pace, Johann Zarka finally wrested fourth place from the hands of Marko Betseki. However, the rookie finished an impressive fifth, a career best, and put paid to his teammate Luca Marini (6th). In the final kilometers, Brad Binder (7th) almost joined them and finished as the first KTM rider, two rows ahead of Miguel Oliveira (9th).
Between them is Honda’s top representative Takaaki Nakagami (8th), who overcomes Marco Marquez, who was still reduced by his right arm (10th). The Spaniard finished in the top 10 in what may be his last race of the year as he flies to the United States on Tuesday to undergo surgery next week. His boxing partner Paul Espargaro was the first to fall this Sunday.
As expected, the Pole, Fabio di Giannantonio, was not in time for the best, but he still signed his best result in his career (11th). He is one thousandth ahead of Maverick Viñales (12th). Jorge Martin (12th), who will soon undergo an operation on his right hand, is four seconds behind. The Ducati pilot made history by breaking the absolute speed record in MotoGP: 363.6 km/h, i.e. 1.2 km/h better than the previous benchmark (362.4 km/h by Johann Zark, followed by Brad Binder in 2021 year).
Unfortunately, Alex Marquez (14th) and Jack Miller (15th) occupy the last units of the Italian Grand Prix. The only Yamaha rider to score points as Darin Binder (16th), Franco Morbidelli (17th) and Andrea Davizioso (20th) are out, Fabio Quartarara is also the only 4-cylinder engine-equipped finisher in the top 15 this Sunday.
His podium finish allows him to remain the championship leader, 8 points ahead of Alejandro Espargar. Enea Bastianini made a joker and scored 8 to 28 points. Francesco Bagnaia moved up to fourth place with his victory, while Johann Zarka rounded out the top 5.
Mugello (Italian Grand Prix) – MotoGP race:
MotoGP Championship after Italian Grand Prix (8/20): 1. Fabio Quartarara 122 points, 2. Aleix Espargaro 114 (-8), 3. Ennea Bastianini 94 (-28), 4. Francesco Bagnaia 81 (-41), 5. Johann Zarca 75 (-47)… Full ranking here
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363.6 km/h: new MotoGP speed record!