MotoGP Aragon: Francesco Bagnaia Holds Off Marc Marquez for Sensational Maiden Win
- Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragón Grand Prix watched Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Team) claimed his maiden MotoGP win after fending off Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).
This marks Ducati's first victory at MotorLand Aragón since the 2010 Casey Stoner in 11 years.
Marc Marquez took his second podium of 2021 since German Grand Prix.
Reigning world champion Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) finished 3rd behind Francesco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez by 3.911s.
The 2nd position start, Jack Miller (Ducati Team) had been running in 3rd, but made a mistake on lap 11, dropping to 5th.
Championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) was struggling in the early stages, eventually finished 8th.
Beginning of the race, pole sitter Francesco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez led the race, each 1st and 2nd. Both riders were running a strong pace and gradually grew the gap with the other riders.
Marc Marquez made seven attempts across the final three laps to pass Francesco Bagnaia, but couldn't overtake him. Francesco Bagnaia became Ducati's third winner of 2021, following Jack Miller and Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati).
Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Gresini) ended his first race as an Aprilia rider in 18th.
Francesco Bagnaia said, “I have a lot of emotions today. I'm so happy! We worked a lot to achieve this result. Every time that we were close (to winning before) something happened. This dream to get my first victory was always far. To win today is a great liberation. I'm so happy. It's difficult to say something now, but to finish first is a dream come true. It was not easy. Today it was more hot and I was not thinking that the pace could be like this. But when I start, my feeling was great with the bike and I was knowing that Marc was the only one with a bit better pace than me. But when I started, I tried to push and I opened a gap with the third position, so I continued to push. We did an incredible pace I think. He was only trying to overtake me in the final part of the race because before that it was useless I think. I tried, I saw he was overtaking me in the points where I was strong in the exit and in the last part of the race with the rear tyre that was a bit down on grip to cross, the overtake was more easy. And the last attempt he did in turn 12 I was already braking so hard, so when I see that he was trying to overtake me I was sure that he would go a bit wide.”
Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragón Grand Prix Race Results
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Team / 41m 44.422s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +0.673s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / +3.911s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Gresini / +9.269s
- Jack Miller / Ducati Team / +11.928s
- Enea Bastianini / Avintia Ducati / +13.757s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +14.064s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +16.575s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +16.615s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +16.904s
- Iker Lecuona / KTM Tech3 / +17.124s
- Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / +17.710s
- Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / +19.680s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM / +22.703s
- Danilo Petrucci / KTM Tech3 / +25.723s
- Cal Crutchlow / Monster Yamaha / +26.413s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +26.620s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Gresini / +27.128s
- Valentino Rossi / Petronas Yamaha / +32.517s
- Luca Marini ITA Sky / Avintia Ducati / +39.073s
- source : MotoGP