With a thrilling final pass on Francesco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini won the Aragon MotoGP Grand Prix and ended Bagnaia’s winning streak in four consecutive races. Bastianini’s fourth win this season.
“You have won [Bagnaia] “On the last lap and it was possible to attack this time,” Bastianini said on NBC Sports coverage. “I managed to win this race and now we go to Japan.”
Bastianini chased Bajnaya throughout the race, and on the final lap, Bajnaya had to balance his need for 20 championship points that came with second place and his desire to become the third jockey in MotoGP history to win five points in a row. . The need for points was even more important because the championship leader, Fabio Quartararo, had a meltdown in the first session and failed to gain anything at all.
Bagnaia entered the race after shaving 61 points off Quartararo’s lead in the past four rounds. He took another 20-point lap at the Aragonese Grand Prix and is now 10 behind with five rounds left.
“It was great,” said Bajnaya. “I did my best and on the last lap it looked like there was more pull. Enea did a great job all weekend. It was already known that he and Fabio were the fastest – and Fabio had an unlucky accident on the first lap.
“Anyway, I did my best and on the last lap I didn’t feel like I was able to get past Enea because I was already risking a lot on the previous lap, so 20 points are important and that’s okay.”
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The championship fight took a dramatic turn on lap 1. Returning to the MotoGP competition after undergoing several arm surgeries, Marc Marquez was determined to be a factor.
In the first two laps of the race, Marquez passed seven riders in the lead. In the third turn his rear tire slipped and Quartararo had nowhere to go. Quartararo clipped Marquez’s bike and was kicked out of Yamaha, eventually finishing without earning any points.
“He was really unlucky,” Marquez said on the NBC Sports coverage. “In the third turn I had a moment where I lost the rear and Fabio was very close as usual on the first lap and then I got the call.”
Marquez sustained heavy damage and also had to withdraw from the race.
At the front of the case, Bagnaia was chasing the log log.
Advancing early, he momentarily gave up the lead to Bastianini until that rider slammed into the corner and pushed away. Bagnaia bounced back and reclaimed the lead, but he couldn’t shake the rider who would be his 2023 teammate at Ducati. Bastianini chased Bagnaia for most of the race, but he knew the pass had to be very clean. Having exited a turn halfway through the last lap, he completed the pass.
The two leaders crossed under the herds by 0.042sec as Bagnaia pulled the winner’s rear tire.
With a 1-2 finish, Bastianini and Bagnaia clinched the Ducati Manufacturers Championship.
The battle for last place on the podium was also decided late in the race as Alex Espargaro made an equally exciting pass on Brad Bender with two remaining. Jack Miller rounded out the top five as these three riders were separated by about eight tenths of a second.
Espargaro rode with a broken finger, cutting the difference to 17 points and is also in the title race.
In Moto2, Rookie Pedro Acosta scored his second win of the season Above Aaron Kanye and points leader Augusto Fernandez.
Fernandez is seven points ahead of any Ogura who finished fourth.
Americans Joe Roberts and Cameron Popeye ranked ninth and eleventh, respectively.
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