Bagnaia, the very good deal!

Bagnaia, the very good deal!

Taking advantage of Jorge Martin’s crash two laps from the finish, Francesco Bagnaia won the German Grand Prix and took first place in the championship. The Italian finished ahead of Marc and Alex Marquez. Fabio Quartararo finished 11th while Johann Zarco took 17th place.

Jorge Martin will be able to bite his fingers!
Having consolidated his position as championship leader by dominating the sprint of the German Grand Prix this Saturday, the Pramac team rider made one mistake too many in a race he was dominating head and shoulders. Unlike what happened the day before, the “Martinator” was able to get off to a good start while Francesco Bagnaia had to pull in behind Miguel Oliveira’s Aprilia. However, the reigning world champion quickly passed the Portuguese before taking the lead before the end of the first lap.

Behind this duo, it was a surprising Franco Morbidelli who made headlines, moving up very quickly from eighth to third place. Not letting himself be outdistanced by “Pecco” Bagnaia, Jorge Martin waited until the fifth round to respond and regain the lead of the race before creating a small gap with his rival. The first incident of this German Grand Prix took place on the sixth lap, when Maverick Viñales made an excursion off the track which pushed him back to 18th place.

Martin, the mistake too many

Francesco Bagnaia, for his part, seemed to take his foot off the gas to manage his pace, giving up second position to Franco Morbidelli’s charge. Which worked to the benefit of Alex Marquez, who came back in the exhausts of the reigning double world champion. His brother Marc, who started 13th on a circuit he loves, began a comeback to be in fifth place at the halfway point of the race. Finding his rhythm again, Francesco Bagnaia made short work of Franco Morbidelli who lost his brilliance, being quickly dropped by the official Ducati rider before giving up third place to Alex Marquez and then coming into contact with Marc Marquez during an attempt to overtake on the 22nd lap.

At the forefront, Jorge Martin was able to maintain a cushion close to second on Francesco Bagnaia but the pressure remained present at all times. It was at the start of the 28th lap that the unthinkable happened. Just when he seemed to have the race won, Jorge Martin lost the front end in the first corner of the Sachsenring and saw his race end in the gravel trap.
Francesco Bagnaia didn’t ask for much and flew to his fourth consecutive victory.

Bagnaia new leader, the French far from the mark

Behind the Italian, a fratricidal battle took place between Alex and Marc Marquez for second place but it was the elder of the two who had the last word. With the 25 points of the victory and the zero points of Jorge Martin, “Pecco” Bagnaia goes from fifteen points behind at the start of the Grand Prix to ten points ahead when he leaves for vacation. Enea Bastianini had the last word against Franco Morbidelli for fourth place while the first rider not having a Ducati will remain Miguel Oliveira in sixth place ahead of the KTM of Pedro Acosta.

At the end of an anonymous race, Fabio Quartararo takes 11th place for his 100th Grand Prix in the premier category. Johann Zarco, who was relegated to last position for a while, could do no better than 17th place under the checkered flag. The drivers will now have three weeks of rest before starting the second half of the season at Silverstone.for a British Grand Prix which will be under the sign of the 75th anniversary of the world championship with “retro” liveries already announced for all the motorcycles.

Final classification – 30 laps (110.130km) – Sunday July 7, 2024
1- Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati) in 40’40”063
2- Marc Marquez (ESP/Ducati Gresini) at 3”804
3- Alex Marquez (ESP/Ducati Gresini) at 4”334
4- Enea Bastianini (ITA/Ducati) at 5”317
5- Franco Morbidelli (ITA/Ducati Pramac) at 5”557
6- Miguel Oliveira (POR/Aprilia Trackhouse) at 10”481
7- Pedro Acosta (POR/KTM Tech3) at 14”746
8- Marco Bezzecchi (ITA/Ducati VR46) at 14”930
9- Brad Binder (AFS/KTM) à 15’’084
10– Raul Fernandez (ESP/Aprilia Trackhouse) at 16”384
11Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha) at 17”235

17- Johann Zarco (FRA/Honda LCR) at 25”952

Drivers’ World Championship standings (after 9 out of 20 Grands Prix)
1- Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati) 222 points
2- Jorge Martin (ESP/Ducati Pramac) 212
3- Marc Marquez (ESP/Ducati Gresini) 166
4- Enea Bastianini (ITA/Ducati) 155
5- Maverick Viñales (ESP/Aprilia) 125

15- Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha) 44

19- Johann Zarco (FRA/Honda LCR) 12

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