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  • MotoGP British: Francesco Bagnaia Takes Back-To-Back Wins at Silverstone

  • Monster Energy British Grand Prix watched Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) took back-to-back wins at Silverstone Circuit, following Dutch TT.
    This marks his fourth victory of 2022 season. In the Championship standings, Fabio Quartararo is now 22 points up on Aleix Espargaro, but Francesco Bagnaia has closed to 49 points off top spot in this result.
    Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) finished 2nd place, following the previous event Assen GP.
    Jack Miller claimed 3rd place, which was his fourth podium of 2022 season.
    Pole-sitter Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) led the race, but clashed out on the fifth lap.
    Enea Bastianini (Gresini Ducati), Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM) finished 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.
    Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) moved up to the first place once, but ended up 7th.
    Championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) finished 8th after serving his Long Lap Penalty for a collision with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) at Assen.
    Aleix Espargaro struggled to keep pace due to an injured after his bruising FP4 highside and finally finished 9th.
    Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) was 10th with the rest of the points finishers being Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM), Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda), and Franco Morbidelli (Monster Yamaha).

    Francesco Bagnaia said, “This weekend I spoke a lot with Valentino, more. He told me a lot to understand better the situation, because I was a bit in trouble at the weekend. It's not easy from his point of view because he's at home looking at the screen at the TV, but he helped me to understand the tyres, to understand the temperature with the tyres, he helped me a lot. To Casey, I just asked if in the past he had done something different in this track that helped him to be more competitive. And this morning he sent me a message and I just tried to do something in the way he had done in the past and was good, but maybe not for the tyre we have now. But in any case, I'm very glad to have these kind of people around me at my disposal. He was great at finding traction at the exit of the corner, and this was his suggestion for today. I tried to wait more on opening gas, it was a bit better.”
    He continued, “The problem was that I did maybe on the remaining five or six laps, it was without rear grip, so in this last part of the race I was just doing my riding style because I wasn't able to use the rear tyre. So I just tried to push a lot in the braking to stop the bike before using just the front tyre because the rear was dragging a lot. Yeah for sure, I recovered a lot of points in the last two races but still I don't want to think about the championship. We have time to think of that. Next one is Austria, I will try to be competitive, I will try to think just of Austria. Today was very important to take an advantage from the long-lap penalty of Fabio and that was the key, Fabio with this long-lap lost time because he started on the medium rear tyre and if he was in the front, in first position, I think he was opening a gap, because today was very competitive. But [Johann] Zarco was closing his lines a lot and he lost a lot of positions. So then for sure with the medium tyre it wasn't the best situation for him. But then also Aleix yesterday had a big crash but today was not competitive like Maverick was and so today I had a great day in terms of championship. Winning today was the most important thing because I was struggling and it's the first time this year that in a difficult situation I win. So I'm very happy about this.”
    He added, “My objective is always to be competitive and to win races. We have to say that I had the luck but the last time, Fabio did a mistake, in this track he had a long-lap penalty, so I think in normal circumstances Fabio was always in front like me, to fight with me. I think that this one he was more competitive, but we had the luck that he had the long-lap penalty. Done a good job, because we have taken advantage of this situation. I'm always fighting to gain points but I would like to think race by race, that is better.”

    Monster Energy British Grand Prix Race Results
    1. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / 40m 10.26s
    2. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +0.426s
    3. Jack Miller / Ducati Lenovo / +0.614s
    4. Enea Bastianini / Gresini Ducati / +1.651s
    5. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +1.750s
    6. Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM / +2.727s
    7. Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +3.021s
    8. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +3.819s
    9. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +3.958s
    10. Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +6.646s
    11. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +7.730s
    12. Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +13.439s
    13. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +13.706s
    14. Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / +13.906s
    15. Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +16.359s
    16. Andrea Dovizioso / WithU Yamaha RNF / +20.805s
    17. Alex Marquez / LCR Honda / +21.099s
    18. Remy Gardner / KTM Tech3 / +24.579s
    19. Stefan Bradl / Repsol Honda / +28.773s
    20. Darryn Binder / WithU Yamaha RNF / +33.653s
    21. Raul Fernandez / KTM Tech3 / +35.601s
    22. Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +36.460s

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  • source : MotoGP
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