October 16, 2021

MotoGP Misano 1 Race LIVE: Bagnaia doubles down in front of Quartararo

Article updated until the end of the race

If we look at the head of the starting grid for this Grand Prix at Misano, it is clear that the Ducatis are in great shape. They are four, in fact, in GP21 version, to occupy the first two lines, surrounding their great rival for the title, in this case Fabio Quartararo. The latter, on the other hand, is the only representative of the Yamaha brand at the forefront, the other M1s being squarely at the bottom of the table. Quartararo will therefore have to rely only on himself against the pack of Borgo Panigale …

By the way, Casey Stoner is the only pilot Ducati to have triumphed by starting from pole on this track. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) will therefore be keen to succeed him by starting from his third top position this year after Qatar and Aragón. A performance established by setting the new track record in Misano. The same did not hide expecting a good fight with fourth rare.

This is the fourth pole obtained by Ducati at Misano. Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo had arrived in 2007, 2008 and 2018. But unlike the Majorcan, the No. 27 had always managed to convert the test, either triumphantly or climbing the podium. Since 2007, only four polemen have won in Misano: Casey Stoner (2007), Valentino Rossi (2009), Dani Pedrosa (2010) and Maverick Viñales (2020/2). We must go back to 2018 to see Ducati clinch a double in qualifying over two consecutive weekends. At that time, the Bologna brand had even chained three, from Silverstone to Aragón.

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), credited with the third fastest time, had previously featured in 34 frontline repetitions on 46 races he competed in MotoGP. And seven of those events turned into a win, 17 into a Top 3.

Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) finished fourth, best independent driver and third Ducati representative in qualifying. This is the sixth time in ten races that he will start from one of the first two rows.

Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda Team), author of the sixth fastest time in this Q2, was the best Honda rider. No Honda has reached the front row on this track since 2017. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team), which has played its sixth draft of the year, will start seventh after all: its worst result for a Saturday afternoon in the Adriatic.

Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), tenth on the grid, had never qualified so well with the RS-GP. He now hopes to succeed Mike Hailwood (1961) by becoming the second driver to win two premier class races in a single season.

Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) inherits 11th place. It is the eighth time this season that he has appeared beyond the third row. Eight of his 12 podiums were taken, without having reached one of the first two rows.

What will this San Marino Grand Prix have in store for us? Misano which marks the fourteenth round of a championship which has eighteen? Before answering this question, here is the table which summarizes the fiats known until then.

Misano-1 MotoGP ™

2020

2021

FP1

1’31,721 Fabio Quartararo (See here)

1’32.666 Maverick Vinales (See here)
FP2

1’31.628 Brad Binder (See here)

1’42.097 Johann Zarco (See here)
FP3

1’31.127 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)

1’31.936 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)
FP4

1’32.005 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)

1’32.197 Fabio Quartararo (See here)
Q1

1’31.559 Jack Miller (See here)

1,31,876 Enea Bastianini (See here)
Q2

1’31.077 Maverick Vinales (See here)

1’31.065 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)
Warm Up

1’32.402 Alex Marquez (See here)

1’32.521 Alex Rins (See here)
Course

Vinales, Mir, P.Espargaro (See here)

Bagnaia Quatararo Batianini
Record

1’31.077 Maverick Vinales 2020

1’31.065 Francesco Bagnaia (See here)

26.6 ° in the air and 29 ° 8 on the track are the conditions offered to the pilots for this race which will have a major protagonist to manage: the weather… While waiting for the sky to decide, here are the live images…

Let’s go for 27 laps. Bagnaia and fourth rare approach the first corner as a leader but Miller returns. Marc Marquez is fourth in front of his teammate who then lets Martin and Aleix pass. Me is tenth. Zarco is twelfth. Martin pushes Marquez and passes fourth.

Martin is boosted after Marc Marquez, he offers himself the scalp of fourth rare who now has three Ducatis in front of him.

But he immediately returns to braking. Bagnaia meanwhile, he takes the lead he is 1s5 ahead of Miller and 2.6s on fourth rare got rid of Martin who crashed at turn 14.

Aleix Espargaro is fourth in front Marc Marquez and his brother. Bastianini makes life hard for the Suzuki. It is the same Avintia pilot who climbs back squarely to fourth after having passed Marc Marquez. At 21 laps from the goal, we have a leading trio united in 2s4 with Bagnaia and fourth rare then the rest of the pack led by Bastianini at 6s. Zarco is 11th. Alas, he has to undergo a “long lap”…

Zarco observe his penalty he is 14th. Morbidelli is 20th, Rossi 22nd and Dovizioso penultimate since Martin joined the race. Bastianini is the fastest man on the track. Miller widens to glazing 13. Bagnaia has a 3s lead with 17 laps from the goal.

Martin after his fall takes a second “long lap” penalty. He throws in the towel. fourth rare is in the wake of Miller. Bastianini is still a solid fourth. Bagnaia is under investigation following a movement at the start …

14 laps left and fourth rare past Miller. The French are in hard medium and the Ducati and hard soft. Lecuone fall at turn 4.

Bastianini is still in a state of grace. He is the fastest driver on the track. He is fourth and he is 4s9 behind Miller who gets let go gradually by fourth rare. The French also goes back on Bagnaia at 2s. There are 10 laps left. Kidneys chute.

Bastianini glued to Miller. It is 4s7 from Bagnaia… He passes it 8 laps from the goal.

fourth rare is 1s1 from Bagnaia. The Ducati official seems at the mercy of the factory Yamaha rider with 7 laps to go. Four from the goal, the junction is made!

The final fight is on …

Under the checkered flag, Bagnaia keep control of nothing in front Quartararo. Weather in Bastianini has his first podium in front Marc Marquez, Mir and Miller who cracked. Pol Espargaró, Aleix, Binder and Nakagami close the top 10. Zarco is 12th.

MotoGP Misano 1 Race: classification

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