He Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna of MotoGP saw the first Spanish victory of the season at the hands of Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1), which became the sixth winner of the season, ahead of Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) and Pol Espargaró (KTM RC 16), which benefited from the penalty imposed on the French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1).
The Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), eighth, maintains the leadership of the world championship with a single point of advantage over Maverick Viñales and Fabio Quartararo, whom they imposed a three-second penalty in the race classification for failing to comply with the long lap sanction that was imposed on him for repeatedly exceeding the limits of the circuit.
The australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP20) tried to surprise the Spanish Maverick Viñales (Yamaha YZR M 1) at the time of departure but the surprise barely lasted a few curves because the author of the “pole position” recovered the first place to try to be the one who set the pace of the race.
Initially persecuted by Miller himself, the Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1), the two KTM RC 16s of the Spanish Pol Espargaró e Iker Lecuona, also by Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1).
But Rossi crashed into turn four and was able to return in last position all pride, but in the last third of the race he saw that his effort was going to be wasted and he opted for enter his workshop and abandon.
Viñales pulled hard and only Bagnaia, one of the riders who showed the best pace during training, could follow in his wake, as did Pol Espargaró, who settled in third position, followed by Fabio Quartararo, while the new world leader, the Italian Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), was eleventh at the time.
On the fifth lap Bagnaia caught up with Viñales, with Pol Espargaró in a comfortable third place Fabio Quartararo could not reach it, who if he finished in that position would regain the lead in the provisional world championship.
Bagnaia began to set his own pace and little by little he distanced himself from Viñales to try to become the sixth winner in seven races -which in the end was Viñales-, after the two victories of Fabio Quartararo and one of Brad Binder, Andrea Dovizioso, Miguel Oliveira and Franco Morbidelli.
On the eighth lap the Australian Jack Miller had to take the road from his workshop with performance problems in the rear axle and on the track there was the first surprise of the race with the optimal performance of the debutant Alex Márquez, who at the handlebars of the Repsol Honda RC 213 V He starred in the best race since he got into MotoGP by riding in eighth position among riders of the stature of the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira and the Italian Andrea Dovizioso.
Less than seven laps to go there was another of the surprises of the race as the leader “Pecco” Bagnaia rolled on the ground at turn six, who left the lead in the hands of Viñales, with Pol Espargaró and Fabio Quartararo fighting for second position, although the Frenchman saw the first warning penalty for exceeding the limits of the circuit and at the end also the second.
Viñales made no mistakes and claimed his first victory of the season, accompanied on the podium by Joan Mir, who struck an impressive “hack” inside Fabio Quartararo three laps from the end and shortly afterwards he did the same with Pol Espargaró, although the Frenchman again exceeded the limits of the circuit and was sanctioned with a long lap, which by not complying was sanctioned with the loss of a position and went from third to fourth place, leaving an entirely Spanish podium.
Bastianini dominates Moto2
The Italian Enea “The Beast” Bastianini (Kalex) claimed his third victory in Moto2 after taking two starts due to the rain and in the second, just ten laps, Bastianini surprised all his rivals to achieve a little advantage that he knew how to maintain with skill until the end, despite the efforts of his compatriot Marco Bezzecchi (Kalex) and English Sam Lowes (Estrella Galicia 0’0 Kalex) trying, unsuccessfully, to catch up.
The Italian Luca Marini (Kalex), fourth, is still the world leader now with a five-point advantage over his compatriot Enea Bastianini.
Another Italian, Romano Fenati (Husqvarna), was reunited with the victory, which it had not achieved since 2017, by winning a masterful final of Moto3 ahead of his compatriot Celestino Vietti (KTM) and Japanese Ai Ogura, with the world leader, the Spanish Albert Arenas (KTM) fourth, although it continues to be the world leader with two points ahead of Japan.