MotoGP Italian GP: Francesco Bagnaia Takes Home Victory with Ducati at Mugello
Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) won Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello in Scarperia e San Piero on June 11, 2023.
This result marks his third win of 2023 season and the 14th victory in the premier class.
Francesco Bagnaia was overtaken by Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM) at turn 1, but retake the lead at Turn 2 and held onto it for 23 laps.
Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) took the 2nd place and making back-to-back podiums following French GP.
His team-mate Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) finished 3rd ahead of Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati), who continued to suffer from the thumb injuries he sustained in his Le Mans crash.
The front row start, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) with 18 laps remaining and Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati) with 9 laps remaining crashed out, respectively.
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) was 5th. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), who injured his ankle in a cycling crash earlier in the weekend, snatched 6th. Jack Miller was 7th.
Runner-up of Sprint race, Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) finished 8th, but he retains second in the standings.
Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo), making his comeback after a long injury-induced absence, was 9th.
Franco Morbidelli (Monster Yamaha) beat his team-mate Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) to 10th.
Francesco Bagnaia said, “If we look at the past then yes! I'm always one of my opponents but I think it's the same for everybody. Today, Jorge was pushing a lot and so I put a lot of effort into not giving him the chance to be close enough to try and overtake. I knew that he was with the soft rear and if he was with the front he could open a gap if he was pushing. Then, to recover a gap is always difficult because you are always on the limit with the front. It's easier to commit a mistake. So today, I just didn't want to be with someone else and with zero gap. I pushed a lot at the start to have it and maybe sacrificed a bit the rear tyre for the last laps. It was finished completely. I was dropping tenth by tenth but it was the best strategy because I knew that Jorge was pushing a lot and that the medium would have a longer life than the soft one. Happiness, for sure. A lot of happiness and I don't know if it's the same for everybody but when I'm racing at home, I feel as though I'm on a mission. This is great because I really want to give something to them. The results are the best way to give something to them. When you achieve a result like this - a pole position and two race wins - you feel a lot of happiness. You feel like your mission is complete. This weekend was very important for me to do what we did.”
Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley Race Results
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / 41m 16.863s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +1.067s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +1.977s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +4.625s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +8.925s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +10.908s
- Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +10.999s
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +12.654s
- Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +17.102s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +17.610s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +17.861s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +19.110s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +21.947s
- Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +25.906s
- Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +26.500s
- Michele Pirro / Aruba.it Ducati / +30.150s
- Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +38.001s
- Lorenzo Savadori / Aprilia Factory / +38.662s
- Jonas Folger / Tech3 GASGAS / +78.912s
- source : MotoGP