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Enea Bastianini, Esponsorama Racing
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MotoGP San Marino GP
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How ‘El Diablo’ and ‘the Beast’ starred in MotoGP’s Misano contest

On a day each of the podium trio could claim to be the star of the show, the San Marino Grand Prix will be remembered as a pivotal race in both MotoGP’s present and future. While Fabio Quartararo demonstrated his world title credentials just behind Francesco Bagnaia’s flawless victory charge, a new threat emerged from the shadows

The Devil and the Beast step onto a MotoGP podium. It could be the start of a joke, but it’s exactly the scenario which occurred last Sunday at Misano as Fabio ‘El Diablo’ Quartararo and Enea Bastianini – affectionately known as ‘Bestia’, or ‘the Beast’ – trailed home factory Ducati’s in-form winner Francesco Bagnaia.

Taking nothing away from Bagnaia’s masterful management of his soft rear Michelin tyre to fend off a medium-shod Quartararo in a tense battle for victory, the Ducati rider was very much expected to be strong at Misano.

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