MotoGP Emilia Romagna: Fabio Quartararo Claims Maiden MotoGP World Championship Title, Marc Marquez Wins
- Emilia Romagna Grand Prix witnessed Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) clinched the 2021 MotoGP world champion after Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) crashed out of the lead of the race.
While, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) took back-to-back wins, following Red Bull Grand Prix in Austin.
His team-mate Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda) finished 2nd place, which is his first podium as an HRC rider.
This result marks the first Repsol Honda 1-2 in MotoGP since Aragon 2017.
Enea Bastianini (Avintia Ducati) overtook Fabio Quartararo at the last corner of the final lap and took 3rd place. It is his second podium of 2021 since San Marino GP.
The beginning of the race, Francesco Bagnaia and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) led. Marc Marquez, Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda), Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM) and Franco Morbidelli (Monster Yamaha) followed them.
But Jack Miller crashed out at Turn 15 on lap four, then Francesco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez gradually extended the gap with other riders.
While, Fabio Quartararo moved up to 5th from 15th place on lap 19 of 27.
Francesco Bagnaia, who was in the lead on lap 23, crashed out at Turn 15. At that point, his world title race was game over.
Fabio Quartararo moved up to 3rd after Miguel Oliveira crashed, but finally reached the chequered flag as 4th. He became France's first ever MotoGP world champion at just 22-years-old.
Marc Marquez said, “This is a much more important victory than Austin. My target was to be on the podium here or in Portimao, on a 'right' circuit to finish the season. And we won. We won here in Misano where usually we are not strong and today we had a race pace that was super-fast. When Pecco started to push, honestly speaking I said 'ok' and I relaxed a bit but he crashed. Fortunately, he's ok and we were able to take profit because he had the edge. We keep improving and this is the best way to finish the 2021 season as we prepare for 2022. When you look at the gap compared to the first race here, we've made a step. I also want to say a big congratulations to Fabio for his title, he has been incredible this year and he really deserves it. Today is his day but I look forward to fighting with him again next year.”
Fabio Quartararo said, “First of all I don't have my original voice after just a few hours. I cried a lot, screaming a lot, but it feels amazing because when I finished the race and crossed the finish line, I thought of all the tough moments I had in my career. To be world champion in MotoGP is something that I never expected when I was in a bad situation a few years ago. Right now I'm feeling in a dream and I still have not realised what is happening to me right now. When I won the two Spanish championships, of course, the first step was to win the Moto3 championship. But I didn't even make a race victory. Then I moved to Moto2 and I tried to take back confidence; the first year was not achieved, but the second year yes. We won two races, okay one race was taken off, but I know that I won that race. Still, I didn't expect to move up to MotoGP. Moto2 world championship was not possible to get and was really far. So, the only way to be world champion was in MotoGP and we achieved it. It's something I never expected. When I took the first test in Valencia in 2018, I said 'what the hell am I doing on that bike'. I couldn't ride because there was so much power. Right now I'm asking for much more, but the steps were slow but good. 2019 was good and of course it was a big dream to be world champion and we achieved it today. I don't know what to say. I will realise a bit more tonight and tomorrow when I will have no voice at all.”
Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna Race Results
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 41m 52.83s
- Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / +4.859s
- Enea Bastianini / Avintia Ducati / +12.013s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +12.775s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +16.458s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +17.669s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Gresini / +18.468s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Gresini / +18.607s
- Luca Marini / Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati / +25.417s
- Valentino Rossi / Petronas Yamaha / +27.735s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +27.879s
- Michele Pirro / Ducati Team / +28.137s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Petronas Yamaha / +41.413s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +42.830s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +22.462s
- source : MotoGP