Moto GP – Qatar GP – Race
A critical 19th round coming up for involved contenders Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin, as the gap before race start was only of 7 points, its a must deliver for both riders, as the championship reaches its climax.
Lights were off and the race was underway, as Bagnaia gets a huge start and gets 1st on the opening lap, meanwhile Jorge Martin was struggling to get on a good position and was on 7th, with 6th place Marc Marquez creating a gap with the Pramac rider.
The first laps saw Bagnaia, Marini, Di Giannantonio, Alex Marquez, Binder and Marc Marquez ahead, as Jorge Martin was behind the group by +1.5 seconds and falling behind. It quickly was becoming a minimize damage race for Jorge, as the pace was running away, as the laps were passing by.
Meanwhile up front, the gap from Bagnaia on the lead was slowly developing for the Ducati rider, as the chasing group started to enter a feud for 2nd place, with both Gressini riders Di Giannantonio and Alex Marquez overtaking Marini and taking the chase on Bagnaia, meanwhile Marc Marquez lost the toe to the leading group and was overtaken by Jorge Martin, but still far behind of Bagnaia on the track.
Laps passed by and Jorge’s pace wasn’t getting any better, even worse, he was quickly under pressure by Maverick Viñales, as the Aprilia bike was able to overtake Martin and get the Pramac rider to 7th, then Fabio Quatararo demoted him on 8th, after that it was Enea Bastianini demoting him to 9th. Definitely a nightmare of a race for Martin, as the tyre choice wasn’t the optimal for that Pramac bike.
With a few laps to go, it was a 2 bike race between Francesco Bagnaia and Fabio Di Giannantonio, as the Gressini rider was going all in, with his future in the class still on the air. It was a long meticulous battle between the two riders, as Gressini rider took his time, in order to attempt a move, eventually a move was delivered and Di Giannantonio was leading the race, it looked that Bagnaia was going to respond to that move, but the Championship contender almost made a huge mistake and went wide on turn 1, with a massive dodged bullet for the Ducati rider, as that could have been really costly.
There was no issue behind for Fabio Di Giannantonio to grab his premier class first win and deliver a big statement that the rider wants another opportunity for next season, as Bagnaia gets a strong 2nd spot and Luca Marini closes the podium of this year’s Qatar GP
1. Fabio Di Giannantonio /// 2. Francesco Bagnaia /// 3. Luca Marini
4. Maverick Viñales /// 5. Brad Binder /// 6. Alex Marquez
7. Fabio Quatararo /// 8. Enea Bastianini ///9. Jack Miller
10. Jorge Martin /// 11. Marc Marquez /// 12. Johann Zarco
13. Marco Bezzecchi /// 14. Joan Mir /// 15. Augusto Fernandez
16. Franco Morbidelli /// 17. Raul Fernandez/// 18. Pol Espargaro
19. Takaaki Nakagami
DNF: Aleix Espargaro, Iker Lecuona
With the results of today, Bagnaia has a match point for next week’s race, as the Ducati rider has a 21 point lead ahead of Jorge Martin’s Pramac, with the season finale of possible 37 points available, on next week’s race at Valencia.