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MotoGP Italian GP

MotoGP Italian GP: Bagnaia charges to victory as Bastianini mugs Martin for second

Francesco Bagnaia claimed his third successive MotoGP Italian Grand Prix victory, as Enea Bastianini made it a 1-2 for Ducati with a last corner move on Jorge Martin.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Bagnaia claimed the lead at Turn 2 on the opening lap and never looked back, taking the chequered flag by 0.8s over team-mate Bastianini, as championship leader Martin had to settle for third.

At the start of the race, Bagnaia made a brilliant launch from fifth on the grid, taking the outside line into Turn 1 to shoot up to second position, before sending his factory Ducati up the inside of Martin to snatch the lead.

Once in front, Bagnaia set a series of fastest laps to break away from Martin, although the Pramac rider was able to cut his deficit back to 0.6s at the halfway stage of the race.

There was a big scare for Bagnaia with three laps to go as Martin closed the gap between the two to under three tenths, threatening to deny him a home victory.

But Bagnaia was able to respond to Martin’s pace on the next tour to pull himself clear and complete a double win at Mugello, having also won Saturday’s sprint race with a similarly-brilliant start.

Martin looked set to finish second behind his chief championship rival, but Bastianini dived by at the final corner to snatch second from the Spaniard and complete a 1-2 for Ducati.

Marc Marquez spent the majority of the race circulating behind the second factory Ducati of Enea Bastianini, even making a mistake at Turn 1 on lap 3 and bringing Tech3 GasGas’s Pedro Acosta into play.

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

After resisting the advances of Acosta, who himself ran wide at the final corner a few laps later, Marquez again started piling pressure on Bastianini, but struggled to find a way through on the Italian.

It was only with six laps remaining that Marquez finally got through on Bastianini with a typical block pass into the opening right-hander.

However, Bastianini never allowed Marquez to run away with third position and on the penultimate lap he nudged the Gresini rider aside before charging after Martin.

Acosta was once again the top rider from the KTM contingent in fifth, as Pramac’s Franco Morbidelli celebrated the best result of the season in sixth, ahead of VR46 rider Fabio di Giannantonio.

Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales couldn’t convert his front row start into a top position, dropping behind di Giannantonio in the latter stages to end up eighth. Alex Marquez took ninth for Gresini Ducati as factory KTM rider Brad Binder completed the top 10.

Aleix Espargaro was 11th on an underwhelming weekend for Aprilia, as Trackhouse Aprilia duo Raul Fernandez and Miguel Oliveira ended up 12th and 14th respectively, split by VR46 Ducati rider Marco Bezzecchi.

Alex Rins took home the final championship point in 15th for Yamaha.

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Team

Photo by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

The Japanese marque was unable to convert its impressive practice pace into a strong finish, with team-mate Fabio Quartararo only 18th behind KTM race rider Jack Miller and wildcard entrant Pol Espargaro.

LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami, Honda rider Joan Mir and Tech3 GasGas rider Augusto Fernandez were the only riders to retire from the race, the last-named furiously gesticulating at his pitcrew after pulling into the pits on lap four.

MotoGP Italian GP - Race results

   
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Cla Rider # Bike Laps Time Interval km/h Retirement Points
1 Italy F. Bagnaia Ducati Team 1 Ducati 23

-

      25
2 Italy E. Bastianini Ducati Team 23 Ducati 23

+0.799

0.799

0.799     20
3 Spain J. Martin Pramac Racing 89 Ducati 23

+0.924

0.924

0.125     16
4 Spain M. Marquez Gresini Racing 93 Ducati 23

+2.064

2.064

1.140     13
5 Spain P. Acosta Tech 3 31 KTM 23

+7.501

7.501

5.437     11
6 Italy F. Morbidelli Pramac Racing 21 Ducati 23

+9.890

9.890

2.389     10
7 Italy F. Di Giannantonio Team VR46 49 Ducati 23

+10.076

10.076

0.186     9
8 Spain M. Viñales Aprilia Racing Team 12 Aprilia 23

+11.683

11.683

1.607     8
9 Spain A. Marquez Gresini Racing 73 Ducati 23

+13.535

13.535

1.852     7
10 South Africa B. Binder Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 33 KTM 23

+15.901

15.901

2.366     6
11 Spain A. Espargaro Aprilia Racing Team 41 Aprilia 23

+19.182

19.182

3.281     5
12 Spain R. Fernández Trackhouse Racing Team 25 Aprilia 23

+20.307

20.307

1.125     4
13 Italy M. Bezzecchi Team VR46 72 Ducati 23

+20.346

20.346

0.039     3
14 Portugal M. Oliveira Trackhouse Racing Team 88 Aprilia 23

+23.292

23.292

2.946     2
15 Spain A. Rins Yamaha Factory Racing 42 Yamaha 23

+23.613

23.613

0.321     1
16 Australia J. Miller Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 43 KTM 23

+28.417

28.417

4.804      
17 Spain P. Espargaro Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 44 KTM 23

+28.778

28.778

0.361      
18 France F. Quartararo Yamaha Factory Racing 20 Yamaha 23

+30.622

30.622

1.844      
19 France J. Zarco Team LCR 5 Honda 23

+31.457

31.457

0.835      
20 Italy L. Marini Repsol Honda Team 10 Honda 23

+32.310

32.310

0.853      
21 Italy L. Savadori Aprilia Racing Team 32 Aprilia 23

+46.724

46.724

14.414      
dnf Japan T. Nakagami Team LCR 30 Honda 9

14 laps

    Retirement  
dnf Spain J. Mir Repsol Honda Team 36 Honda 6

17 laps

    Retirement  
dnf Spain A. Fernandez Tech 3 37 KTM 4

19 laps

    Retirement  

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