Moto GP – Emilia Romagna GP – Race
What can be described from this weekend’s race, is that nothing is secured until the checkered flag comes out. Today’s race was a contested battle between the riders that saw a championship leader having make a comeback if at least wanted to preserve the lead that he had on the title race.
Race begin with both Ducatis of Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller holding the first 2 positions, meanwhile Marc Marquez had a huge start, as the Spaniard went from 7th to 3th on the first lap. At the back, Fabio Quartararo started the climbing, as the Frenchman entered lap 1 as 12th place.
First incidents of the race involved a hit between Joan Mir and Danilo Petrucci on turn 2. Then things started to get messy for Ducati, as Miller fell of his bike and Bagnaia was on his own against Marc Marquez; As the Honda rider now had no problem to get closer to the Italian on the Ducati bike.
Several laps later, Marquez was studying Bagnaia and looking for an opening, meanwhile, some other crashes of Takaaki Nakagami and Jorge Martin were happening on track. Quartararo was now on 9th and looking strong, as the Yamaha rider made a double move on Zarco and Marini to take provisional 7th.
As the leaders in front were constanly chasing and having fastest laps, Fabio Quartararo was still looking great, as he now took 5th and pretty much was minimizing the damage from yesterday’s qualy. But the outcome was better than expected.
With 5 laps to go, Francesco Bagnaia lose control of his bike, went to the ground and lost any chance of taking points on this weekend, meaning that Quartararo only had to taking home in order to clinch his maiden world title. Marquez pretty much secured his 3rd win of the season, with also being a much needed 1-2 for Honda, as Pol Espargaro discreetly had a big pace and closed the race as 2nd. There was a contested battle for 3rd between Bastianini and Quartararo, with the Italian rider getting the podium for 2nd time on the premium category. Quartararo ended a remarkable comeback at 4th, as the Frenchman becomes the 2021 world champion.
1. Marc Marquez /// 2. Pol Espargaro /// 3. Enea Bastianini
4. Fabio Quartararo /// 5. Johann Zarco /// 6. Alex Rins
7. Aleix Espargaro /// 8. Maverick Viñales /// 9. Luca Marini
10. Valentino Rossi /// 11. Brad Binder /// 12. Michelle Pirro
13. Andrea Dovizioso /// 14. Franco Morbidelli /// 15. Takaaki Nakagami
DNF: Francesco Bagnaia, Miguel Oliveira, Jorge Martin, Iker Lecuona, Alex Marquez, Jack Miller, Danilo Petrucci and Joan Mir
Fabio Quartararo becomes the first Frenchman to win a world title on the premium class. A truly deserved recognition for one of the most talented riders on the grid.
Next stop of the calendar, is at Portimão, for the Algarve GP on 2 weeks