Bagnaia wins, Martin and Quartararo fall

Bagnaia wins, Martin and Quartararo fall

Leading from the first corner, Francesco Bagnaia won the sprint race of the Italian Grand Prix ahead of Marc Marquez and Pedro Acosta. Championship leader Jorge Martin crashed, as did Fabio Quartararo.

Due to his three-place grid penalty, which will see him start in fifth position, Francesco Bagnaia does not know if he will be able to get on the podium at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, so the two-time world champion in title took advantage of the sprint race to stock up on points. Starting second behind championship leader Jorge Martin, the Ducati rider made a magnificent start, which put him in the lead at the first corner, and he was never worried afterward. Francesco Bagnia won after eleven laps with a second and a half ahead of Marc Marquez (Gresini) and four ahead of Pedro Acosta (GasGas Tech3), who announced shortly before the race that he would join the team KTM factory in the coming seasons.

Zarco 15th, Quartararo down

If at first Francesco Bagnaia saw his teammate Enea Bastianini chasing him, the latter was then overtaken by Jorge Martin, then after three laps, the Italian and the Spaniard collided in turn 1, and Bastianini dropped. Martin then found himself battling with Marquez for second place. The former world champion took second place halfway through the race, and with four laps remaining, Martin said goodbye to any chance of a podium by crashing in turn 1. It was then Pedro Acosta who was took the opportunity to take third place, and keep it until the end.

On the French side, only one driver finished the race. Starting 18th, Johann Zarco finished 15th, well away from the points, taking advantage of the various falls. Starting 15th, Fabio Quartararo fell on the second lap, when Miguel Oliveira (Trackhouse) fell in turn 10 and took him with him into the gravel. Following this race, Jorge Martin retains the lead in the championship, but he is only 27 points ahead of Bagnaia and 32 over Marc Marquez. And there is no doubt that the “Martinator”, who will start on pole, will want to score big points on Sunday.

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