A.Espargaro wins a crazy race

A.Espargaro wins a crazy race

Starting from pole position, Aleix Espargaro won the sprint race of the Catalan Grand Prix. The future retiree will be able to say thank you to Raul Fernandez, Brad Binder and Francesco Bagnaia, who all fell while in the lead!

Moto GP has gotten into the habit of offering us crazy sprint races, and that of the Catalan Grand Prix will be able to be added to the list! Starting in pole position, the Spaniard Aleix Espargaro won this race, ahead of three compatriots, but the Aprilia rider benefited from an incredible combination of circumstances to win. The one who announced two days ago that he would retire at the end of the season actually missed his start, finding himself fifth at the first corner while double world champion Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) had perfectly slender, ahead of Pedro Acosta (Tech3), who celebrates his 20th birthday this Saturday.

The rookie even took the lead of the race on the second lap by overtaking the Italian. Then after three laps, it was Raul Fernandez (Trackhouse) who took control, ahead of Brad Binder (KTM), Pedro Acosta and Francesco Bagnaia, the four men holding each other within a few tenths.

A fatal turn 5 for two leaders

The first twist of this race came on lap four, when leader Raul Fernandez, who approached Turn 10 far too quickly, went to the ground and retired. It was Acosta who took the lead again, before being overtaken by Binder then by Bagnaia. But halfway through the race, it was the South African who fell in turn 5. The double world champion then had the way clear to win the victory and take valuable points, but at the start of the last lap, it was he who fell, in the same corner as Binderwhile he was seven tenths ahead of Aleix Espargaro, who had meanwhile overtaken Acosta.

The poleman made no mistake in this last lap and therefore won an unexpected victory, ahead of Marc Marquez (who overtook Acosta on the last lap, despite one less wing), Pedro Acosta and Jorge Martin. The championship leader, who started seventh and authored a rather anonymous race, took advantage of the misfortunes of his competitors to finish at the foot of the podium, and is now 37 points ahead of Marquez, 41 over Bastianini (5th this Saturday ) and 44 on Bagnaia before Sunday’s Grand Prix.

Quartararo already cru

On the French side, Fabio Quartararo also believed that the misfortunes of others would make him happy. Starting 17th, the former world champion climbed the rankings over the falls to finish tenth and therefore close to the points. As for Johann Zarco, who had already fallen twice in the morning, he fell again, four laps from the end, when he was 16th. His start to his adventure at Honda is definitely very difficult…

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