Moto GP – Teruel GP – Race
The season keeps giving more exciting races as today becomes another remarkable event, where incidents and close battles had a huge impact on today’s race and championship standings.
The race started on with some dramatic events, as Brad Binder and Jack Miller hit each other at the start and crashed, but it even worse, poleman Takaaki Nakagami lose control of his bike and had his first DNF of the season on the worst moment to had it. New race leader became Franco Morbidelli, with Alex Rins chasing him and Johann Zarco on 3rd. Massive start from Joan Mir as he overtook Championship rival Fabio Quartararo for 5th place.
As the riders completed the first laps of the race, some bikers were having a smooth pace on track, then there were the Yamahas of Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo, which pace was significally poor compared to the leaders, Maverick lose position with Joan Mir and both eventually were overtook by Alex Marquez.
Meanwhile at the head of the race, both Morbidelli and Rins started to split from the rest of the group, meanwhile Mir was on the chase for Zarco’s 3rd place
Some laps after the equator of the race and a small group formed behind the leader group, Mir, Zarco and Marquez were on a intense battle for the 3rd place, as the Suzuki rider went for a move against Zarco, meanwhile the Ducati now was chased by Marquez for quite a few laps. The Suzuki rider started to got away from the group as both riders were on a battle. Meanwhile Quartararo was struggling to keep the most points on this race as he was fighting for position with Pol Espargaro and Miguel Oliveira at 8th
More drama was on track, as Alex Marquez lose control of the bike and retired from the race. As Mir was on the chase of Alex Rins and Franco Morbidelli, as both riders were still on a intense chase with little laps to go. Viñales at the moment was 6th Quartararo at 7th and Dovizioso, who finally showed up after a poor first half of his race, was getting closer to Fabio, but eventuallt had some issues after he was overtook by Aleix Espargaro and was 12th place
Eventually on the last laps, Morbidelli set a final strong pace against Rins and got a gap to work with against Rins, who couldn’t keep up with the Yamaha ahead. Even with that, both Suzuki riders were closing a strong podium finish and and huge results on the championship of riders and constructors. Fabio took the chequered flag and his 2nd career win on MotoGP, followed by Alex Rins with back to back podium finish and a strong comeback for Joan Mir, who extends the leading at the championship.
1. Franco Morbidelli /// 2. Alex Rins ///3. Joan Mir
4. Pol Espargaro /// 5. Johann Zarco /// 6. Miguel Oliveira
7. Maverick Viñales /// 8. Fabio Quartararo /// 9. Iker Lecuona
10. Danilo Petrucci /// 11. Cal Crutchlow /// 12. Stefan Bradl
13. Andrea Dovizioso /// 14. Tito Rabat /// 15. Bradley Smith
DNF: Aleix Espargaro, Francesco Bagnaia, Takaaki Nakagami, Jack Miller, Brad Binder
Another huge result for Suzuki and for Joan Mir, as he now has a 14 point lead against Fabio Quartararo, but now can have new contenders entering the dispute, as Morbidelli is 25 points behind and Alex Rins is 32 points of his teammate. Meanwhile Viñales is 18 behind and Dovizioso is losing ground with 28 points deficit. European GP is next as the calendar goes to Circuit Ricardo Tormo on 2 weeks. Many outcomes could happend on the next 3 races