Netherlands: Bagnaia indisputable

Netherlands: Bagnaia indisputable

Leading from the first to the last corner, Francesco Bagnaia gave victory to no one at the Dutch Grand Prix this Sunday at Assen. The double world champion beat Jorge Martin and his teammate Enea Bastianini while both Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco finished in the points.

There was definitely Francesco Bagnaia and the others this weekend at Assen. Author of an authoritative pole position then without rival on the occasion of the sprint race this Saturday, the double world champion once again demonstrated his mastery on the only circuit on the championship calendar since its creation 75 years ago. As soon as the lights went out, “Pecco” kept the first position when Jorge Martin, penalized by three places on the starting grid and forced to start from fifth position, made a cannon start. The Pramac rider slipped into third behind Maverick Viñales as Marc Marquez gained three places on the run to move up to fourth.. A start that was also marked by the violent fall of Alex Rins, victim of a “high side” that threw him into the air. Riding his Aprilia, Maverick Viñales could not resist Jorge Martin and then Marc Marquez for very long, thus falling back to fourth place.

Bagnaia has escaped

The nugget Pedro Acosta, for his part, was able to start strong to move up from ninth to fifth place in the space of two laps. However, the scenario of this Dutch Grand Prix very quickly became clear with Francesco Bagnaia who gradually distanced himself from Jorge Martin. For its part, the “Martinator” isolated itself from a very lively group of pursuers. Aiming to get the podium, Marc Marquez quickly had to curb his efforts since he was warned by the marshals for having abused the limits of the track. Which undoubtedly made life easier for Fabio di Giannantonio, who took advantage of a maddening pace to move up to third place on the eighth lap. The VR46 team driver was unable to hold on, however, and caused a regrouping that was won by Enea Bastianini. Francesco Bagnaia’s teammate first made the connection to then overtake his opponents one by one and take third position at the expense of Maverick Viñales. The last incident of this race took place in the final loop.

Quartararo and Zarco in the points

Pedro Acosta who made a mistake while in seventh place. At the end of the 26 laps, Francesco Bagnaia won with a lead of just over three and a half seconds over Jorge Martin, which allows him to return to just ten points behind the Pramac rider in the championship. Seven seconds behind his teammate, Enea Bastianini completed the podium. On the French side, the gamble of starting with a soft rear tire did not work for Fabio Quartararo. Starting in 12th position, “El Diablo” battled for a long time with Miguel Oliveira but passed the checkered flag in the same place. He is almost 19 seconds ahead of his compatriot Johann Zarco, who again finishes first Honda rider. The MotoGP riders will not have time to breathe since they are expected next weekend on the Sachsenring turnstile for the Spanish Grand Prix, which could prove favorable to Marc Marquez, still at ease on this circuit which runs counterclockwise.

Final classification – 26 laps (118.090km) – Sunday June 30, 2024
1- Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati) in 40’07”214
2- Jorge Martin (ESP/Ducati Pramac) at 3”676
3- Enea Bastianini (ITA/Ducati) at 7”073
4- Marc Marquez (ESP/Ducati Gresini) at 7”868
5- Fabio di Giannantonio (ITA/Ducati VR46) at 8”299

12- Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha) at 24”198
13- Johann Zarco (FRA/Honda LCR) at 42”908

Drivers’ World Championship standings
1- Jorge Martin (ESP/Ducati Pramac) 200 points
2- Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati) 190
3- Marc Marquez (ESP/Ducati Gresini) 149

13- Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha) 39

19- Johann Zarco (FRA/Honda LCR) 12

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