Netherlands: Bagnaia puts pressure on

Netherlands: Bagnaia puts pressure on

After dominating the qualifying session this Saturday morning, Francesco Bagnaia led the sprint race of the Dutch Grand Prix from start to finish. The Ducati rider won ahead of Jorge Martin and Maverick Viñales. Fabio Quartararo, the first Frenchman, finished 7th.

Francesco Bagnaia untouchable. Starting from pole position in the sprint of the Dutch Grand Prix, this Saturday afternoon in Assen, the double world champion, who had never had this honour this season, left no chance to his rivals to add a new success to his tally on the eve of the Grand Prix, of which he will also be one of the big favourites. Author of a perfect take-off on his Ducati, the Spanish rider led the race from the start to the finish line, on which he beat Jorge Martin (Ducati Pramac) whom he had taken care not to leave behind him at the moment of setting off.

With this second place, the Italian and current leader of the general classification of the world championship did more than limit the damage nevertheless. If Bagnaia took advantage of his victory in this sprint to take back three points from his rival, Martin nevertheless maintains a very comfortable lead (fifteen points) before trying to take his revenge during the Grand Prix on Sunday. To do this, the leader of the classification will have to ensure that the scenario is different.

Quartararo improving but still far from the mark

Above the rest since the start of the weekend, it is indeed once again the double winner, unstoppable on Saturday (Editor’s note: even his warning received at mid-race for not respecting the track limits did not destabilize him) who will start in pole position. The victory should therefore be disputed between the two men, even if Maverick Vinales (Aprilia), 3rd on Saturday, will not hold back if he can create a surprise.

Fabio Quartararo too, even if the Frenchman, 7th in the sprint (he was 8th initially but took advantage of a penalty imposed on Alex Marquez to gain a place) while he was 13th at the start, should have a lot of trouble playing the leading roles again. In difficulty on his Honda, Johan Zarco knows that a miracle would be needed. On Saturday, he finished very far from the best (16th).

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