Moto GP – Italian GP – Race
A warm cloudy day saw the riders going on track at Mugello for the 2022 Italian GP. A starting grid that saw Italian youngsters being on the front row for their first time in their MotoGP career.
Lights were off and race started with a strong start from Luca Marini as the VR46 bike took the lead on the first lap, ahead of poleman Fabio Di Giannantonio and teammate Marco Bezzecchi, with the last one mentioned doing a quick move on the Gresini Ducati bike and going on a provisional 1-2 for VR46 team, at the first laps of the race.
On the first laps of the race, the VR46 bikes were looking strong a the lead, as both riders were chased by a small group of Quartararo, Bagnaia and Di Giannantonio; With these 3 riders showed a strong pace and keeping up on pace with the lead. Marco Bezzecchi slowly developed a small gap, as the riders behind were constantly changing positions.
As the next laps passed by, a small group develop up front, as Bezzecchi, Bagnaia, Quartararo and Martin separate from the pack, as these riders had a bigger pace differencial. Some of the crashes that occurred were Pol Espargaro at the 3rd sector and a double DNF for Suzuki riders Joan Mir and Alex Rins.
As the race reached its half, the Ducati of Francesco Bagnaia took the lead after a superb move on Luca Marini and and started to put in test that top speed of the Ducati, as the Italian rider separates from the rest of the front group. Meanwhile Quartararo, Bezzecchi, Marini and Aleix Espargaro started a strong battle for 2nd place.
The battle intensifies as Bastianini and Zarco joined the mix, with constant battles at every corner of the track, it was a clear posibility that anyone could commit a mistake, and eventually it happened. Enea Bastianini commited a massive mistake and went to the gravel, with a huge impact on the championship standings for the Gresini Biker.
With the last part of the race going to an end, the bikes on the front group started to behave different between each on of them, as the riders develop some gaps on track, with race leader Francesco Bagnaia keeping the gap ahead from Fabio Quartararo’s Yamaha that was at 2nd, with a late battle for pole between Aleix Espargaro and Johann Zarco. At the end, the Aprillia bike manage to hold the position and scored another big podium for an Aprillia bike that keeps up with the front battles as the rounds passes by. Quartararo grabs 2nd place and Bagnaia wins at home soil, after a solid ride from the Italian.
1. Francesco Bagnaia /// 2. Fabio Quartararo /// 3. Aleix Espargaro
4. Johann Zarco /// 5. Marco Bezzecchi /// 6. Luca Marini
7. Brad Binder /// 8. Takaaki Nakagami /// 9. Miguel Oliveira
10. Marc Marquez /// 11. Fabio Di Giannantonio /// 12. Maverick Viñales
13. Jorge Martin /// 14. Alex Marquez /// 15. Jack Miller
16. Darryl Binder /// 17. Franco Morbidelli ///18. Michelle Pirro
19. Remy Gardner /// 20. Andrea Dovizioso /// 21. Raul Fernandez /// 22. Lorenzo Savadori
DNF: enea Bastianini, Alex Rins, Joan Mir and Pol Espargaro
A hard and contested race saw Francesco Bagnaia taking a race win that will remember for a long time, meanwhile Fabio Quartararo keeps the pace at the championship standings, with now only Aleix Espargaro as the closest persecutor, after the costly incident of Enea Bastianini. The calendar goes back to Spain for the 2nd time for the 2022 Catalunya GP, on the bext weekend.