April 25, 2024

Motorcycle: Bagnaia brings its first MotoGP title to the finish

Motorcycle: Bagnaia brings its first MotoGP title to the finish

In the first laps, Bagnaia and Quartararo had a tough duel for fifth place. The Italian lost part of the front end on a Ducati. Quartararo was then in fifth place. The quartet broke up at the front, and shrank to a treble after the downfall of Marc Marquez (Honda). Behind them, Quartararo was unable to close the gap at the top and was far from putting Bagnaya under pressure with the stage win they needed.

Bagnaia was aware of the situation, no longer took unnecessary risks and allowed himself to overcome it several times without a fight. Up front, Rins defended his lead from Jorge Martin (ESP/Ducati) and South African KTM rider Brad Bender. While Quartaro finished fourth, Bajnaya finished ninth with a 17-point lead in the championship standings.

Bagnaia is the new MotoGP world champion

Francesco Bagnaia defended his comfortable lead in MotoGP and claimed his first world title in the premium moto class. A ninth place in the Valencia Grand Prix final was enough for the 25-year-old Ducati driver to keep rival and defending champion Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) in a bind.

Great return from Bagnaia

Bagnaia is the first Italian world champion since Valentino Rossi in 2009 and the first on a Ducati since 2007. The legend’s stepson Rossi also made the biggest comeback in MotoGP history. The Italian was now 91 points behind Quartararo, but started an impressive comeback in the second half of the season. Bagnaia won four consecutive races in Holland, Great Britain, Austria and San Marino.

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Francesco Bagnaia crowned world champion in the highest class of motorcycles

Then, the new world champion finally set the title track with second and third places as well as another win in Malaysia. “Winning the World Cup tastes good, it’s the biggest day of my life. My goal was the top five in the race but I had big problems at the front of the bike. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter because we are the world champions,” said Bagnaia, the first Italian champion to ride an Italian bike in 50 years. Recently, the legendary Giacomo Agostini succeeded.

Rins, the winner of the day, made the perfect farewell gift for his motorcycle maker. “The season is over, Suzuki is leaving. I am very proud of everything I have learned. Thanks for everything. This is great. A new chapter begins.” Suzuki announced in May that it would be ending its MotoGP involvement after this season. Rins is moving to Honda.

The Moto2 title of Spain’s Fernandez

Meanwhile, the world champion in the Moto2 class comes from Spain. Augusto Fernandez finished second in the match behind fellow Spaniard Pedro Acosta. Fernandez won the world championship standings by 29.5 points over Japan’s Ogura.

Ogura went to the final race by 9.5 points, trailing Fernandez for the title. But the Japanese slipped over the front wheel on lap seven and fell. Fernandes didn’t have to take more risks en route to his first world title after that.

Augusto Fernandez (Spain) celebrates

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In Moto3, Spaniard Izan Guevara wrapped up his world title with his sixth win of the season. The GasGas pilot won an exciting race with a 62 millisecond lead over Turkey’s Deniz Onku (KTM). Guevara’s Spaniard Sergio Garcia (Gas Gas) finished third, and finished second in the world championship standings.

Valencia Grand Prix

MotoGP (27 laps = 108.135 km):
1. Alex Rains ESP suzuki 41: 22250
2. Brad Pender RSA KTM + 0.396
3. Jorge Martin ESP ducati 1,059
4. Fabio Quartaro FR Yamaha 1,911
5. Miguel Oliveira POR KTM 7.122
6. Joan Mir ESP suzuki 7735
7. Luca Marini He. She ducati 8.524
VIII. Enea Bastianini He. She ducati 12,038
9. Francesco Bagnaia He. She ducati 14441
10 Franco Morbidelli He. She Yamaha 14676

Among others: Marc Marquez (Spain/Honda), Alex Espargaro (Spain/Aprilia), Jack Miller (Australia/Ducati), Johann Zarco (France/Ducati)

Moto2 (25 laps = 100.125 km):
1. Pedro Acosta ESP calyx 39: 52413
2. Augusto Fernandez ESP calyx + 1.232
3. Tony Arbolino He. She calyx 10.163
4. Fermin Aldghair ESP Boscoro 14,407
5. Albert Arenas ESP calyx 18904
6. Manuel Gonzalez ESP calyx 20554
7. Jake Dixon GBR calyx 21,244
VIII. Jeremy Cuba ESP calyx 25868
9. Sina Agios Outside calyx 33763
10 Marcel Schrötter M calyx 35117

Out ao: Ai Ogura (JPN/Kalex), Aron Canet (ESP/Kalex)

Moto3, the race (23 laps = 92.115 km):
1. Izan Guevara ESP Gas 38: 10406
2. Denise Onko Door KTM + 0.062
3. Serge Garcia ESP Gas 6557
4. Dennis Foggia He. She Honda 14.133
5. Ayumu Sasaki JPN Husqvarna 14,574
6. Adrian Fernandez ESP KTM 14676
7. David Munoz ESP KTM 14,889
VIII. Diogo Moreira BR KTM 15,048
9. Ryūsi Yamanaka JPN KTM 15.288
10 Daniel Holgado ESP KTM 15,440