Bagnaia crowned by KO!

Bagnaia crowned by KO!

Jorge Martin having made a mistake on the 6th lap, Francesco Bagnaia validated his second MotoGP world champion title during a Valencia Grand Prix won by “Pecco” ahead of Fabio di Giannantonio and Johann Zarco.

Francesco Bagnaia remains the boss of MotoGP. On the occasion of the season finale, the Valencia Grand Prix, the suspense for the title race ultimately only lasted six laps. While he had the bit in his teeth to make up for his fourteen points behind the Italian, Jorge Martin erred on the side of being too aggressive this Sunday at the Ricardo-Tormo Circuit in a race won by his rival. Having inherited pole position after the penalty suffered by Maverick Viñales, guilty of having driven in a dangerous manner during the warm-up, “Pecco” Bagnaia was able to get an ideal start… but the “Martinator” immediately placed himself behind him and put the pressure on. The race for the title of world champion experienced a first twist at the start of the third lap when Jorge Martin, braking far too late, pulled straight on but not without causing slight contact with his opponent. An error which pushed the Spanish driver back to eighth place, with even more rage to come back and believe in a possible coronation. Caught in a peloton with Marc Marquez and Johann Zarco, the Pramac team driver was overcome by his nerves and the sixth lap was fatal to him.

Bagnaia saw the pressure disappear

Hitting the rear tire of Marc Marquez, the victim of a huge fall, Jorge Martin shot straight before going to the ground. His dreams of glory ended in the gravel trap. Immediately warned by his stand that the title was definitively acquired for him even before the checkered flag, Francesco Bagnaia experienced a slight moment of deconcentration which did the business of Brad Binder then of Jack Miller, who dislodged the Italian from the first two places. The race then became crazy with the falls of Enea Bastianini then Augusto Fernandez, before the South African shot straight into the “long lap” during the 15th lap, ceding first place to his KTM teammate. An error which allowed a diligent Johann Zarco to climb onto the provisional podium. Jack Miller thus found himself in control of the race but it only lasted five laps. The Australian broke under pressure from Francesco Bagnaia and was the victim of a fall at high speed in the 20th of the 27 laps scheduled this Sunday.

Zarco ends on a good note

These incidents allowed “Pecco” and Johann Zarco to isolate themselves at the front of the race… but that was without counting on that devil in Fabio di Giannantonio. For his last race with the Gresini team, the Italian pushed hard to get back into the Frenchman’s exhausts at the start of the penultimate lap. The attack for second place came very quickly and Johann Zarco could do nothing. In the last lap, the Italian pressed his compatriot who did not give in. In addition to the title, Francesco Bagnaia set the stage with this seventh victory of the season in front of Fabio di Giannantonio who should soon announce that his future still lies in MotoGP. Johann Zarco, for his part, ends his story with Ducati and Pramac on a final podium, before joining LCR and driving a Honda. Diminished by a fever and highly uncertain for this race, Fabio Quartararo had a dull race, finishing with an eleventh place in a season that will be forgotten. The drivers will now savor this end of the 2023 financial year… before starting 2024 this Tuesday with tests on this same Valencia circuit.

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