GP du Qatar: Bagnaia a champion

GP du Qatar: Bagnaia a champion

Thanks to a very offensive first lap, Francesco Bagnaia went for victory during the Qatar Grand Prix ahead of Brad Binder and Jorge Martin. Fabio Quartararo was able to move up to 11th place ahead of Johann Zarco.

Francesco Bagnaia did not miss his start to the season. After settling for fourth place this Saturday during the sprint race, the reigning double world champion perfectly assumed his status during the Qatar Grand Prix. A race whose start had to be delayed by a few minutes. The fault is the technical problem suffered by Raul Fernandez on the starting grid. The driver of the American Trackhouse team finally had to start from the pits with his second machine. After another formation lap, Jorge Martin performed an almost perfect takeoff to emerge from the first turn ahead of Brad Binder and Francesco Bagnaia. However, unlike what happened 24 hours earlier, the official Ducati rider was not timid. “Pecco” was offensive from the first round, swallowing the South African to take second place. The “Martinator” did not last long in first position.

Bagnaia never in difficulty

Indeed, Francesco Bagnaia immediately found the loophole to take control of the race. From then on, the title holder was no longer worried. But, behind him, the battle raged between Brad Binder and Jorge Martin, who exchanged second and third positions on several occasions. However, it was the KTM rider who had the last word to cross the finish line in second position, less than a second and a half behind Francesco Bagnaia. Behind this trio, the show was there thanks in particular to Pedro Acosta. The only rookie on the starting grid this season, starting from eighth position, went with the nerve to move up the hierarchy, overtaking Fabio di Giannantonio, Enea Bastianinii and Marc Marquez in a duel between two generations of drivers. However, the ardor of the “Mazarron shark” ended up harming him.

Acosta made an appointment

His tires did not last the distance and the Tech3 team driver ended up gradually falling back to ninth position. A mishap which played into the hands of Marc Marquez, who once again finished at the foot of the podium in front of Enea Bastianini and her brother Alex. On the French side, Fabio Quartararo made do with the means offered by his Yamaha, moving up to 11th place after starting in 16th position. “El Diablo”, relegated to almost 18 seconds behind Francesco Bagnaia, narrowly beat his compatriot Johann Zarco, who was the first Honda rider to the finish line. With this victory, Francesco Bagnaia leaves Qatar as leader of the world championship with two points ahead of Brad Binder and three over Jorge Martin. The double title holder will have the opportunity to confirm this successful start to the season during the Portuguese Grand Prix, from March 22 to 24 on the Portimão circuit.

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