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MotoGP Catalan GP

MotoGP Catalan GP: Bagnaia seals redemption win, Marquez podiums again

MotoGP world champion Francesco Bagnaia scored a redemption victory in the 2024 Catalan Grand Prix ahead of Jorge Martin, as Marc Marquez came from 14th to third.

Bagnaia looked on course to take the sprint victory on Saturday when he crashed out of the lead on the final lap.

Biding his time in the first half of the race, Bagnaia reeled in Pramac’s Martin to overhaul him on lap 19 of 24, before streaking away by 1.740 seconds to score his third grand prix win of the season.

It moves him back up to second in the standings, though Martin has still extended his advantage to 39 points after finishing second in the grand prix.

Marquez was one of four riders to gamble of the soft rear tyre in the sweltering conditions and used it to come from 14th on the grid to take third by just 0.052s from Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro.

Ducati’s Bagnaia grabbed the holeshot from second on the grid from Tech3 GasGas rider Pedro Acosta, KTM’s Brad Binder, Martin and poleman Espargaro.

Acosta, also on the soft rear - along with Jack Miller (KTM), who crashed, and Alex Marquez – launched an attack on Bagnaia’s lead at Turn 10 on the third tour but ran wide and let the Ducati back into the lead.

Miller crashed just seconds later behind the leaders at the same corner, while Martin passed Acosta there for second on the following lap.

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Martin then passed Bagnaia at Turn 10 on lap five to take the lead, with Acosta following the Pramac rider through on the sixth tour.

The top two quickly opened up a gap of over a second to Bagnaia, with Martin released into a 1.1s lead when Acosta crashed on lap 11 at Turn 10.

Bagnaia steadily chipped into Martin’s lead over the next few laps, getting it down to seventh tenths at the start of lap 16.

Martin’s lead fell further until Bagnaia lined up a successful attack into Turn 5 – where he crashed in the sprint on Saturday – on lap 19.

Bagnaia eased away from Martin to secure an important victory after his sprint woes, with Martin second.

Marquez’s charge from 14th started with a jump up to 10th on the opening lap, but found himself stuck behind Pramac’s Franco Morbidelli until lap 11.

Once free of Morbidelli, Marquez quickly passed a struggling Binder on lap 12 and got up to fourth ahead of Trackhouse Racing’s Raul Fernandez six tours later.

Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing

Marc Marquez, Gresini Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Espargaro – who won the sprint on Saturday 48 hours after announcing his retirement from MotoGP – couldn’t keep Marquez at bay and fell to his advances on lap 21 at Turn 1.

The Aprilia rider piled the pressure on Gresini’s Marquez over the final lap, but came up just 0.052s short.

Fabio Di Giannantonio was fifth on his VR46 Ducati, with Raul Fernandez sixth ahead of Alex Marquez (Gresini) and Binder. Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo was ninth, with Miguel Oliveira (Trackhouse Racing) 10th.

The final points went to Marco Bezzecchi (VR46), Maverick Vinales (Aprilia), Acosta following his crash, LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami and factory Honda counterpart Joan Mir.

Enea Bastianini crossed the finish line in ninth but was handed a 32-second time penalty for failing to comply with two long lap penalties and a subsequent ride-through for ignoring his earlier punishments.

This dropped the factory Ducati rider down to 18th.

Tech3’s Augusto Fernandez and Morbidelli joined Miller on the sidelines after crashes at Turn 10.

“Honestly, I was very angry about yesterday, but I knew that the potential was there and I tried to do everything to win the race,” Bagnaia said in parc ferme.

“At the start it wasn’t easy because other riders were pushing a lot, but when I saw they were struggling a bit with the front I started to push more and the pace was fantastic, the bike was fantastic.

“My team did an incredible job to set up the bike again and now I’m looking forward to my home GP.”

MotoGP Catalan GP results

   
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Cla Rider # Bike Laps Time Interval km/h Retirement Points
1 Italy F. Bagnaia Ducati Team 1 Ducati 24

-

      25
2 Spain J. Martin Pramac Racing 89 Ducati 24

+1.740

1.740

1.740     20
3 Spain M. Marquez Gresini Racing 93 Ducati 24

+10.491

10.491

8.751     16
4 Spain A. Espargaro Aprilia Racing Team 41 Aprilia 24

+10.543

10.543

0.052     13
5 Italy F. Di Giannantonio Team VR46 49 Ducati 24

+15.441

15.441

4.898     11
6 Spain R. Fernández Trackhouse Racing Team 25 Aprilia 24

+15.916

15.916

0.475     10
7 Spain A. Marquez Gresini Racing 73 Ducati 24

+16.882

16.882

0.966     9
8 South Africa B. Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 33 KTM 24

+18.578

18.578

1.696     8
9 France F. Quartararo Yamaha Factory Racing 20 Yamaha 24

+20.477

20.477

1.899     7
10 Portugal M. Oliveira Trackhouse Racing Team 88 Aprilia 24

+20.889

20.889

0.412     6
11 Italy M. Bezzecchi Team VR46 72 Ducati 24

+21.023

21.023

0.134     5
12 Spain M. Viñales Aprilia Racing Team 12 Aprilia 24

+22.137

22.137

1.114     4
13 Spain P. Acosta Tech 3 31 KTM 24

+31.967

31.967

9.830     3
14 Japan T. Nakagami Team LCR 30 Honda 24

+32.987

32.987

1.020     2
15 Spain J. Mir Repsol Honda Team 36 Honda 24

+33.132

33.132

0.145     1
16 France J. Zarco Team LCR 5 Honda 24

+34.554

34.554

1.422      
17 Italy L. Marini Repsol Honda Team 10 Honda 24

+36.689

36.689

2.135      
18 Italy E. Bastianini Ducati Team 23 Ducati 24

+50.615

50.615

13.926      
19 Germany S. Bradl HRC Test Team 6 Honda 24

+55.295

55.295

4.680      
20 Spain A. Rins Yamaha Factory Racing 42 Yamaha 24

+1.030

1.030

       
dnf Italy F. Morbidelli Pramac Racing 21 Ducati 17

7 laps

    Accident  
dnf Spain A. Fernandez Tech 3 37 KTM 5

19 laps

    Retirement  
dnf Australia J. Miller Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 43 KTM 2

22 laps

    Accident  

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