Bastianini takes advantage of the fall of Bagnaia and wins in France

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A MotoGP delivered this Sunday another great race of the 2022 season. French GP, Enea Bastianini became the first driver to win three races in the year, taking advantage of the fall of Francesco Bagnaia to have a smooth end of the test, with Jack Miller in second.

Aleix Espargaro completes the podium after a great argument with Fabio Quartararo to the finish line. Consequently, the pilot Yamaha keeps the lead, but sees the Spaniard from Aprilia and Bastianini very close in the standings. To complete the top 10: Johann Zarco, Marc Marquez, Takaaki Nakagami, Brad Binder, Luca Marini and Maverick Vinales.

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For the race, all riders opted for soft rear tyres, while up front the grid was split between soft and medium.

At the start, the Ducatis got off to a better start, with Miller taking the lead ahead of Bagnaia, with Bastianini getting in the middle of the cake with the Suzuki duo. Meanwhile, Quartararo did poorly and dropped to ninth place, just ahead of Márquez.

Also on the first lap, an exceptional overtaking in the race: while Quartararo was fighting with Nakagami, Márquez came on the outside to win the position in the lead of the two.

And at the third corner, first crash: Rins escapes from the track when he is third, crosses the gravel and, returning to the asphalt, loses control of the Suzuki in front of the leaders Miller and Bagnaia. Also on the same lap, change of lead, Bagnaia taking the lead by overtaking Miller on the inside at turn 7.

At the start of the tenth lap, out of a total of 27, Bagnaia, Miller and Bastianini were very close, the Gresini driver starting to threaten the Australian. They opened 1-1 for Mir, who was starting to come under pressure from Aleix, with Quartararo hot on his heels. Márquez, Zarco, Nakagami and Martín complete the top 10.

With better pace, it didn’t take long for Bastianini to pass Miller and start chasing leader Bagnaia. And on the 15th lap, an important fall for the championship, of Mir, which allows the leaders of the World Championship, Aleix and Quartararo to advance by one position each.

With ten laps to go, Bastianini was close to Bagnaia in search of his third win of the year, while Mir’s retirement left Miller free for Aleix to advance. In a few laps, the gap that was 1s4 fell to less than 0s6.

The two Ducatis had a nice argument over the tip, until Bagnaia made a mistake and tipped Bastianini. And things went from bad to worse for the Italian Ducati in a few seconds: he attacked hard the penultimate corner of the circuit and found himself on the ground.

Five laps from the finish, Bastianini led with a 2s3 lead over Miller, who once again opened up 1s4 to Aleix, attacked by Quartararo in the dispute for the last place on the podium. Zarco, who came fifth, is more than 4s behind his compatriot.

In the end, Enea Bastianini put in a fine performance to win with ease for the third time this season, keeping his campaign in search of the title alive. Jack Miller secured second place for the Official Ducati Team. And after a great dispute between Aleix Espargaró and Fabio Quartararo for the last place on the podium, the Aprilia rider won.

To complete the top 10: Johann Zarco, Marc Marquez, Takaaki Nakagami, Brad Binder, Luca Marini and Maverick Vinales.

MotoGP is taking a week off and resuming its activities between May 27 and 29 with the Italian GP at Mugello, the eighth stage of the 2022 season. Motorsport.comyou get full coverage of the world’s premier motorcycle speed category.

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