New podium for Aleix in a race dominated by Bagnaia

Pecco Bagnaia won at Mugello.

New podium for Aleix in a race dominated by Bagnaia

Pecco Bagnaia won at Mugello. Second victory for the Ducati this year. Fabio Quartararo, the leader of the World Cup, entered immediately and distanced himself four more points from Aleix Espargaró, who returned to the top of the box. The Yamaha and the Aprilia slipped into the domain of the Ducati in a circuit tailor-made for the Italian factory and that serves as a test bench.

The race was marked by the announcement made this Saturday by Marc Márquez, that after Mugello he will go to the United States to undergo surgery for the fourth time on his right arm, which will make him miss the rest of the season. “It is difficult to face the race but I have to be professional enough to help my team.

It's not easy knowing that next week you're going to have surgery. It will be a race in which I will be behind someone because that way I suffer less and get less tired, ”explained the Honda rider from his eleventh place on the grid.

Clean start, with Marco Bezzecchi taking the lead, closely followed by Luca Marini. Great job by the two drivers of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team who are also the 'rookies' in the category. Marc Márquez moved up two places while Quartararo moved up to fourth after overtaking Aleix Espargaró. The nightmare that they are living in Honda was prolonged with the fall of Pol Espargaró with 18 laps to go. The same fate befell Alex Rins three laps later. Second race in a row for the Suzuki rider without scoring, vanishing the chances of adding to the general.

With 14 laps to go, the positions were already clarified and it was clear what the final fights were going to be. Group of five in the lead with Bagnaia, Bezzecchi, Quartararo, Marini and Aleix Espargaró. Behind, a small group of three (Zarco, Bastianini and Brad Binder) trying to connect with those in front. Quartararo pulled, beating the copper in the curves to try to take an air that the Yamaha lost in the straights. The fights between the French and Marini favored Bagnaia who could leave slightly. With ten laps to go, the race was over for Bastianini, who sounds like he will be part of the official Ducati team next season. Third in the World Cup, he added a new zero and freed up a place at the top that Aleix could benefit from.

The end was coming and Aleix was willing to cling to the dream of winning the World Cup. he feels comfortable on his Aprilia and with seven laps to go he overtook Bezzecchi. Third, he was looking for his fifth podium this year, the fourth in a row. It seemed clear that his fight was to maintain position, since Quartararo was a long way away and Bagnaia a world away. There were no changes. Marc Márquez finished tenth, Viñales 12th, Jorge Martín 13th, Alex Márquez 14th and Raúl Fernández 21st.

Only eight Grands Prix has Pedro Acosta needed to win his first race in the intermediate category. At 18 years and 4 days old, he is the youngest winner in Moto2 history. Roberts and Ogura have accompanied him on the podium. The race has been marked by the two zeros of Vietti and Canet, who make the World Championship very tight and interesting. Ogura co-leads with Vietti and Canet remains at 19 points. As regards the rest of the Spaniards, Augusto Fernández was fifth, Alonso López eighth, Albert Arenas tenth, Jorge Navarro 12th, Fermín Aldeguer 14th, Jeremy Alcoba 17th and Manuel González 20th.

Sergio García Dols entered second in Mugello after being overtaken on the straight by Izan Guevara, who took advantage of the slipstream. However, Guevara had to give up the victory when he was sanctioned with a position for stepping on the green with the wheels on the last lap. With Suzuki third, it had been the closest finish in the category's history. García Dols reaffirms his leadership, 28 points behind the second, the sanctioned Guevara. The luck of the Spanish driver has been completed when two of his direct rivals for the title have been left without scoring. Dennis Foggia crashed and Jaume Masiá entered out of the points. Regarding the rest of the Spaniards, Ivan Ortolá seventh, Adrián Fernández 10th, David Muñoz 11th, Jaume Masiá 17th, who lost second place overall, Carlos Tatay 19th, Xavi Artigas 20th and Ana Carrasco 22nd. Daniel Holgado has fallen with 10 laps to go.