MotoGP San Marino: Francesco Bagnaia Takes Back-To-Back Wins at Misano
- Gran Premio Octo di San Marino Grand Prix watched Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Team) took back-to-back wins at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli after he held off a hard charging Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha), following Aragon GP.
After starting the race, he won without ever giving the top to other riders once during the race.
This is Ducati's win since the 2007 Casey Stoner victory in Misano.
Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) finished 2nd and took his 8th podium of 2021. Rookie, Enea Bastianini (Avintia Ducati) took a first premier class podium after his start from 12th on the grid.
Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) fended off Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) to score fourth, the latter crossed the line in fifth, but was demoted one position for exceeding track limits on the final lap, he finally finished 6th behind Jack Miller (Ducati Team).
Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Gresini) scored points on his second Aprilia appearance in 13th.
Franco Morbidelli (Monster Yamaha) ended his first race as a factory Yamaha rider 18th ahead of Luca Marini (Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM), with Andrea Dovizioso (Petronas Yamaha) 21st in his first MotoGP appearance since the 2020 Portuguese GP.
Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) crashed out late on while fighting for the top four.
Francesco Bagnaia said, “I knew that it was very important to start well and already be pushing from the start because with the soft, the grip initially was better. I was also knowing that Fabio [Quartararo] in the last part of the race would be faster with the medium. So, I just tried to be fast and constant from the start. I did my best start ever because I started when the light went off, so it was incredible. I trained a lot for this [ he joked]. When I passed the first straight I was already looking to the board and it was plus 1.0 seconds which was incredible already. Then I just tried to manage the tyres and the last laps were very difficult. Fabio was recovering four/five tenths per lap so it was not easy. But in the last lap I just tried to do the best and my sector three was my fastest of the race. So it was great. For me this one (more difficult) because this is a shorter track with more laps and it is more difficult physically. In this track you don't have time to relax. In Aragon you have more time to stay in the straight and take more breaks. Also because I was looking at the gap that was reducing, so it was very difficult to remain concentrated in that moment. I knew it would be like this because pushing like this in the beginning also means that in the last part you have a little less grip.”
Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini Grand Prix Race Results
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Team / 41m 48.305s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +0.364s
- Enea Bastianini / Avintia Ducati / +4.789s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +10.245s
- Jack Miller / Ducati Team / +10.469s
- Joan Mir / Suzuki Ecstar / +10.325s
- Pol Espargaro / Repsol Honda / +13.234s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Gresini / +15.698s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +16.129s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +18.519s
- Michele Pirro / Ducati Team / +20.373s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +21.066s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Gresini / +21.258s
- Stefan Bradl / HRC / +28.142s
- Alex Marquez / LCR Honda / +30.686s
- Danilo Petrucci / KTM Tech3 / +32.654s
- Valentino Rossi / Petronas Yamaha / +33.853s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +36.272s
- Luca Marini / Sky VR46 Avintia Ducati / +36.839s
- Miguel Oliveira / Red Bull KTM / +37.202s
- Andrea Dovizioso / Petronas Yamaha / +42.587s
- source : MotoGP