MOTO GP – Italian GP – Race
Today was a raceday that was marked by the tragic event of Yesterday’s on Moto 3 Q2, as it was notified the decease of the young Swiss rider Jason Dupasquier. Condolences to his family and friends and hope he can rest in peace.
As riders were getting ready for the start, a unexpected accident occurred, as Enea Bastianini couldn’t break on time and crashed with Johann Zarco’s bike, causing him to start late the race.
Eventually the lights were of and the race started. As Bagnaia and Quartararo got on an early fight for the lead, as the first lap passed by. On the second laps some incidents appeared on track, as Marquez had contact with Brad Binder, with the Spaniard went to the ground and a dramatic fall for Francesco Bagnaia as he lost control of his bike. Huge championship implications on this incident.
Quartararo was only chased by Johann Zarco and Miguel Oliveira and after some fight from the Pramac on the main straight, the Yamaha could create a gap against his competitors. Meanwhile Jack Miller had to battle both Suzukis of Mir and Rins, as the Aussie was strong on the straight but struggle on the technical part of the circuit.
Half of the race was done, with Rins and Mir finally making a move on Miller and starting to close the gap on Oliveira and Zarco, as two podium steps were on the line. As the Suzukis catch up with the KTM and the Ducati, Oliveira started to attack Zarco and made a move on the Frenchman. Mir did also the same some laps later.
Now the podium group divided between Oliveira-Mir and Zarco-Rins as their battles continued. Rins tried to make a move on Zarco, by that ended with the Spaniard visiting the gravel. Nakagami also fall from his bike some turns later.
As Quartararo was prepared to recieve the checkered flag, battle for 2nd place was intense, as Oliveira tried to hold on to Mir’s pace, with both riders pushing to the limit. Eventually Quartararo crossed the line as race winner, with Oliveira crossing second and Mir on 3rd.
But there was a late drama, as Stewards announce that Oliveira exceded track limits on the last lap and was demoted to a 3rd place and ascending Joan Mir to a 2nd place. Eventually stewards also announce that Mir also exceded track limits on the last lap, so the positions return as how they ended the race, with Rins on 3rd and Oliveira in 2nd
1. Fabio Quartararo /// 2. Miguel Oliveira /// 3. Joan Mir
4. Johann Zarco /// 5. Brad Binder /// 6. Jack Miller
7. Aleix Espargaro /// 8. Maverick Viñales /// 9. Danilo Petrucci
10. Valentino Rossi /// 11. Iker Lecuona /// 12. Pol Espargaro
13. Michelle Pirro /// 14. Alex Marquez /// 15. Lorenzo Savadori
16. Franco Morbidelli /// 17. Luca Marini
DNF: Takaaki Nakagami, Alex Rins, Francesco Bagnaia, Marc Marquez, Enea Bastianini
After some missed attempts, finally Yamaha capitalize a pole into a victory and gain some gap from its closest competitors Ducati. Huge improvement for KTM, that passed from being constantly on the mid table to fighting for top 5 positions on a race. Next stop, at Barcelona for the Catalan GP on the next weekend.