Bastianini takes advantage of Bajnaya’s downfall and wins in France

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The MotoGP This Sunday I delivered another great race for the 2022 season. French GPAnd Enea Bastianini He became the first driver to win three races of the year, taking advantage of a fall Francesco Bagnaia For a smooth end to the test, with Jack Miller per second.

Alex Espargaro Complete the platform after a sweet feud with Fabio Quartaro to the finish line. As a result, the pilot Yamaha Maintains the lead, but sees the Spaniard Aprilia And Bastianini is very close in rating. Top Ten Finale: Johann Zarco, Marc Marquez, Takaaki Nakagami, Brad Bender, Luca Marini and Maverick Vinales.

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For the race, all drivers chose the soft rear tyres, while at the front, the grille was split between soft and medium.

Initially, Ducatis had a better start, with Miller ahead of Bagnaya, Bastianini positioning himself in the middle of the cake alongside the Suzuki duo. Meanwhile, Quartaro underperformed and fell to ninth, just ahead of Marquez.

Still on the first lap, an impressive race pass: while Quartararo battled Nakagami, Marquez came outside to take pole.

And in Turn Three, Breakdown One: Rins escaped off the track while in third, overtaken gravel, and lost control of Suzuki, on his return to the asphalt, to leaders Miller and Banya. Still on the same lap, a change of lead, with Bagnaia ahead when he passed Miller on the inside at Turn 7.

At the start of lap 10, out of a total of 27, Bagnaia, Miller and Bastianini were so close that the Gresini driver began to threaten the Australian. They opened 1s1 to Mir, who was starting to get pressured by Alex, with Quartararo on his tail. Marquez, Zarko, Nakagami and Martin took the top ten.

At a better pace, it didn’t take Bastianini long to pass Miller and start searching for the leader Bagnaia. And on the 15th lap, it was an important championship touchdown, by Mir, allowing the World Championship leaders, Alex and Quartararo to advance by one place each.

With ten laps left, Bastianini was close to Bagnaya in search of his third win of the year, while leaving Mir Miller’s retirement available for Alex to advance. In just a few laps, the gap, which was 1s4, dropped to less than 0s6.

The Ducati had a beautiful dispute over the tip, until Bagnaia made a mistake and gave the tip to Bastianini. And things went from bad to worse for the Italian Ducati in a matter of seconds: he attacked the penultimate corner of the track hard and ended up on the ground.

With five laps left, Bastianini was 2s3 ahead of Miller, who once again opened 1s4 for Alex, who was attacked by Quartararo in the dispute for last place on the podium. Zarco, who finished fifth, was more than 4 seconds behind his compatriot.

In the end, Enea Bastianini did well to win easily for the third time this season, keeping his campaign alive for the title. Jack Miller takes second place for the official Ducati Team. And after a beautiful feud between Alex Espargaro and Fabio Quartaro for last place on the podium, the Aprilia rider was victorious.

Top Ten Finale: Johann Zarco, Marc Marquez, Takaaki Nakagami, Brad Bender, Luca Marini and Maverick Vinales.

MotoGP is taking a week off and resuming its activities between May 27-29 with the Italian GP in Mugello, the eighth stage of the 2022 season. Motorsport.comYou get complete coverage of the world’s leading motorcycle speed class.

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