Moto GP – Spanish GP – Race
A warn sunny afternoon saw the riders take part of the 6th race of the Moto GP season at “Circuito de Jerez”. A racetrack that usually delivers fierce battles and close finishes.
Lights were off and the race was underway, with a strong defense from Francesco Bagnaia, keeping the front spot against a demonic attack of Fabio Quartararo, both followed behind by Jack Miller, Marc Marquez and Aleix Espargaro respectively.
It didn’t take too much time for Bagnaia and Quartararo to blast away from the rest of the grid, as both riders showed a big difference on lap times. Some laps later, both riders were +2.5 seconds ahead of 3rd place Jack Miller.
As several laps keep passing by, at the battle for 3rd, it was an intense chase between Miller, Aleix Espargaro and Marc Marquez battling for the last spot of the podium. It was clearly a cold, tense battle on both for 3rd and 1st. As they looked as one where riders analyze the best opportunity to make a move.
The battle for podium spot intensified as first Marquez overtook Miller, then Aleix also passed Miller for 4th and some laps later made a move on Marquez for provisional 3rd. Meanwhile the battle for victory became interesting, as Quartararo developed a late charge after almost being +1 behind of Bagnaia. It looked like Quartararo could catch up with Bagnaia, but the Italian rider was able to hold up the lead, even after the late charge of the Frenchman on the Yamaha. the contested 3ed place on the podium was secured by the Aprillia of Aleix Espargaro.
1. Francesco Bagnaia /// 2. Fabio Quartararo /// 3. Aleix Espargaro
4. Marc Marquez /// 5. Jack Miller /// 6. Joan Mir
7. Takaaki Nakagami /// 8. Enea Bastianini /// 9. Marco Bezzecchi
10. Brad Binder /// 11. Pol Espargaro /// 12. Miguel Oliveira
13. Alex Marquez /// 14. Maverick Viñales /// 15. Franco Morbidelli
16. Luca Marini /// 17. Andrea Dovizioso ///18. Fabio Di Giannantonio
19. Alex Rins /// 20. Remy Gardner /// 21. Lorenzo Savadori /// 22. Jorge Martin
DNF: Stefan Brald, Johann Zarco, Darryl Binder
Bagnaia returns to form and keeps the hope to being able to fight for the championship after a frustrating start of a season. Quartararo becames the solo championship leader, followed closely by season revelation of Aleix Espargaro. France is the next stop on the calendar, on two weeks ahead of today.