Moto GP – Spanish GP – Race
After a intense dispute on yesterday’s sprint race, the riders and teams get ready for the 4th race of the season, for the first of four races at Spanish soil, as the Spanish GP was going to start on the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto.
Race start saw a quick rewind of what happened on yesterday’s sprint, a huge start from both KTM riders Brad Binder and Jack Miller getting interrupted by the arrival of a red flag, with a huge impact between Fabio Quatararo and Miguel Oliveira, leaving the Portuguese rider at the medical tent; Quartaro was penalized with a long lap after that incident.
Race restarted after the cleanup and once again, both KTM rider with a strong start, as Miller took the lead on the first laps, followed by teammate Brad Binder, with Francesco Bagnaia, Jorge Martin, Johann Zarco and Aleix Espargaro following at the track. Drama for Fabio Quatararo, as the former champion had to do yet another long lap, after failing to fulfill the first long lap properly.
As race develops, Both KTM rides maintain the lead, with some lead changes happening, as Brad Binder took Miller’s lead, as Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia was quickly gaining on both riders in front; With the Ducati rider attempting a quite agresive move that eventually would be have to gave up, after a quick investigation, meanwhile Miller had to battle against Jorge Martin for a couple of laps, with the Aussie rider recovering 3rd and eventually 2nd with Bagnaia’s reprimind.
At second half of the race, it quickly became a hunt game for the Ducati rider, as Bagnaia was showing some strong lap tires compared to Miller and Binder, quick sudden standing changes as Johann Zarco, who was riding 6th finds the gravel and ends his race prematurely, same case for Marco Bezzecchi, as both riders saw a big hit on their championship standigs respectively.
It was pretty clear thar Bagnaia have a strong bike for the remaining laps, as the Italian rider didn’t take much time to make a move on Miller’s bike and was quickly closing the gap on the race leader. Then after some laps later, the Ducati completed the overtake and was now leading the race with a couple of laps to go. Binder attemted to keep up with the Ducati rider, but was unable to develop a move on the rider in front. With the chequered flag showing, the race win was completed for Bagnaia, as the Italian rider returns back inform, after two disastrous Dnfs. Big finish for both KTM riders, as Binder and Miller finishes on a strong podium result.
1. Francesco Bagnaia /// 2. Brad Binder /// 3. Jack Miller
4. Jorge Martin /// 5. Aleix Espargaro /// 6. Luca Marini
7. Dani Pedrosa /// 8. Alex Marquez /// 9. Takaaki Nakagami
10. Fabio Quatararo /// 11. Franco Morbidelli /// 12. Fabio Di Giannantoino
13. Augusto Fernandez /// 14. Stefan Brald /// 15. Raul Fernandez
16. Iker Lecuona /// 17. Jonas Folger
DNF: Maverick Viñales, Johann Zarco, Marco Bezzecchi, Alex Rins, Joan Mir, Miguel Oliveira
Big result for Bagnaia as the Italian rider recovers the championship lead, with a big gap of 22 points from his closest rival. Also big result for KTM that could be looking foward for many strong results, if they can keep showing the pace that was on this race weekend, up next, French GP on 2 weeks.