Bagnaia as champion, Martin on the ground

Bagnaia as champion, Martin on the ground

After making Jorge Martin crack, Francesco Bagnaia was able to resist Marc Marquez’s comeback until the end to win the Spanish Grand Prix. While Johann Zarco was knocked to the ground by Aleix Espargaro, Fabio Quartararo took 15th place.

Francesco Bagnaia returns to success. In difficulty in Portimão then in Austin after opening the season with fanfare in Qatar, the double world champion emerged victorious from a Spanish Grand Prix marked by a battle from the first to the last lap. Starting from pole position, Marc Marquez was able to keep the advantage but, behind him, Jorge Martin had another idea in mind. While Francesco Bagnaia took control from the start of the second lap at the cost of a total attack, the Pramac driver waited one more loop to take advantage of an error from his rival and take first position. In the peloton, without reaching the peaks of the sprint contested this Saturday, there was action with Dani Pedrosa who quickly went to the ground while Johann Zarco had trouble with Pedro Acosta. However, the Cannes native ended up being knocked down in the 10th round during a neck-and-neck battle with Aleix Espargaro. In the process, it was a real drama that took place at the front of the race.

Bagnaia showed his fangs

Leader but under constant pressure from “Pecco” Bagnaia, Jorge Martin ended up breaking. The Pramac team driver lost the front end due to excessive braking and saw his hopes of victory disappear in the gravel trap. From then on, the race situation was clear with Francesco Bagnaia alone in the lead but chased by a duo composed of Marco Bezzecchi and Marc Marquez. Back in front of his audience, the six-time MotoGP world champion quickly found the fault on the Italian and started chasing behind the title holder. Five laps from the checkered flag, the public at the Jérez-Angel Nieto Circuit saw their favorite set record after record to return to the wheel of Francesco Bagnaia. A real standoff began between the two pilots. However, Marc Marquez’s two attempts to take control of the race each failed. To signal the end of the fight, “Pecco” Bagnaia signed the best lap of the Grand Prix in order to manage his lead in the final loop of the event.

Marquez, a threat that no longer hides

The Ducati rider signs his second victory of the season with a little less than four tenths of a second ahead of Marc Marquez, who confirms that the learning phase of handling the Italian machine is over. Marco Bezzecchi, unable to follow in the last third of the race, was content with the podium, four seconds behind the winner under the eyes of his mentor and boss Valentino Rossi. On the French side, Fabio Quartararo once again knew how to make the most of the circumstances to move up the hierarchy. After being in 13th place for a while, “El Diablo” had to lose to his teammate Alex Rins and Takaaki Nakagami. The 2021 world champion thus takes the point of 15th place under the checkered flag. With this victory and Jorge Martin’s zero points, Francesco Bagnaia moved up to second place in the championship, 17 lengths behind the “Martinator” when Enea Bastianini, fifth this Sunday, completed the Top 3. Fabio Quartararo was in 12th place when Johann Zarco was 21st. two weeks before the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

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