Moto Gp – European GP – Race
One last stop on Spain for a double header at Circuito Ricardo Tormo as less races are left at the championship, the chances are drastically reducing for the contenders. Today’s race was a quite entretaining battle that started with many retirements and huge implications at the riders standings.
Lights were out and ahead was Pol Espargaro holding back the Suzuki duo of Alex Rins and Joan Mir as the situation went from good to better for them. As a dramatic incident saw championship runner up Fabio Quartararo having an incident with Aleix Espargaro; a big impact on the standings. The Frenchman didn’t retire from the race, but was quickly demoted to 17th, just behind another contendet, Maverick Viñales.
At the head of the group, Pol’s leadership didn’t lasted much, as eventually was overtook by Rins and some laps later by Mir, as both Suzuki’s had control of the race. Meanwhile some more retirements were showing, as Francesco Bagnaia, Cal Crutchlow crashed and Valentino Rossi went to the box after a mechanical failure.
Race eventually entered an endurance stage, as front riders were chasing each other, without any attacking moves; although it was some movement at the top 10. Morbidelli was losing position with Alex Marquez and Dovizioso, also there was a strong battle between Takaaki Nakagami and Miguel Oliveira for 4th place.
Almost at the middle of the race and Mir started to push hard on his bike, getting quite closer and waiting for a move, but it actually became quite sooner, as Rins went quite wide and Mir took the lead. Then he started to fly on track, as the #36 bike was getting closer for a maiden win.
As the last laps were closer, Joan Mir was going in solitaire at +1 second ahead of his teammate Aleix Rins and Pol Espargaro; Some good battles going on, as Nakagami finally overtook Oliveira, Zarco and Miller were on a close battle and Dovizioso overtook Alex Marquez, this last rider having an incident just after being overtook.
At the end, Joan Mir didn’t had much trouble to bring the bike home, as He grabs his maiden Moto Gp victory, with his teammate closing a historic 1-2 for Suzuki, the first one since 1982 and Pol Espargaro with another great podium finish for KTM. Disastrous result for Yamaha contenders as Morbidelli ends 11th, Viñales 13th and Quartararo 14th
1. Joan Mir /// 2. Alex Rins /// 3. Pol Espargaro
4. Takaaki Nakagami /// 5. Miguel Oliveira /// 6. jack Miller
7. Brad Binder /// 8. Andrea Dovizioso /// 9. Johann Zarco
10. Danilo Petrucci /// 11. Franco Morbidelli /// 12. Stefan Bradl
13. Maverick Viñales /// 14. Fabio Quartararo /// 15. Lorenzo Savadori
DNF: Alex Marquez, Tito Rabat, Francesco Bagnaia, Cal Crutchlow, Valentino Rossi, Aleix Espargaro
Suzuki closes a historic 1-2 finish getting closer to clinch the teams championship, and Joan Mir has a Match Point with a 37 point lead ahead of Quartararo and Rins, his closest rivals. A nightmare of week for Yamaha bikes that started with a controversial punishment at the teams championship standings and ended with all four riders outside the top 10 on a critical moment.
Next week we could saw the rise of a new champion at the second race in Valencia.