Moto GP – San Marino GP – Race
The 14th race of the season took place at the Misano Marco Simoncelli Circuit. A race that had intense battles and a late charge marked this 2021 San Marino GP
Lights were off and the race begin with Francesco Bagnaia holding the lead at the end of the first lap, with Miller and Quartararo keeping 2nd and 3rd. With a fierce battle between Martin and Marquez for the 4th place.
Bagnaia was flying on track, as the Italian had an early separation from his rivals at the first laps of the race. Meanwhile as Quartararo and Martin were fighting for 3rd place, the Spaniard from Pramac made a mistake, lost the front rear and went to the ground at turn 14. Demoting him to last place.
As laps passed by, Bagnaia was now +2.5 seconds ahead of Miller and Quartararo, who were fighting for 2nd, as Bastianini and Marc Marquez were disputing the 4th place. Fabio Quartararo eventually passed Jack Miller for 2nd and started to close the gap with Francesco Bagnaia.
With the final laps to go, there were some things happening up front, as Enea Bastianini was looking really strong at the Avintia bike, with constant fastest laps pace and overtaking Jack Miller for 3rd. Meanwhile Quartararo was closing the gap with Bagnaia and they were +0.5 seconds close with only 4 laps to go.
The battle was intense, with Quartararo showing big pressure on Bagnaia, as the Italian fiercly defend against the attacks of the Frenchman. At the end, the Ducati rider barely escaped with the victory, clinching back to back victories for the first time on the premier class. Quartararo ends 2nd by just a little and Bastianini gets to the podium on the premier class for the first time on his young career.
1. Francesco Bagnaia /// 2. Fabio Quartararo /// 3. Enea Bastianini
4. Marc Marquez /// 5. Jack Miller /// 6. Joan Mir
7. Pol Espargaro /// 8. Aleix Espargaro /// 9. Brad Binder
10. Takaaki Nakagami /// 11. Michelle Pirro /// 12. Johann Zarco
13. Maverick Viñales /// 14. Stefan Bradl /// 15. Alex Marquez
16. Danilo Petrucci /// 17. Valentino Rossi ///18. Franco Morbidelli
19. Luca Marini /// 20. Miguel Oliveira /// 21. Andrea Dovizioso
DNF: Alex Rins, Iker Lecuona, Jorge Martin
What looked as a comfortable and eash win, became a contested and hard win for the Ducati team and Francesco Bagnaia, not only for the batlle on track, but also as their main rivals at the championship manage to minimize the damage. With only 4 races to go, would be hard to close the 48 point gap at the standings, but many things could happen on the last races of the calendar. Next stop, US GP at COTA on 2 weeks.