Saturday, January 22

Bagnaia defeats an extraordinary Márquez in Aragon

  • The Italian rider achieves his 250th MotoGP victory for Italy and achieves his first win in the top flight after responding to six merciless attacks by Marc

  • “There were people who said that the best Marc Márquez would never return, because here I am, risking until the last corner after two crashes,” said Márquez proudly.

It was the day of ‘Top’ Bagnaia, that he was looking for, not just his first victory in MotoGP, among the greats, with the best bike on the grid, the Ducati ‘Desmosedici’but also Italy’s 250th triumph in the premier class. But it was one of the favorite circuits, there he won five times, Marc Marquez (Honda), a left-hand track in which you turn counter-clockwise (in this type of circuit he has won 70% of the races), which the champion from Cervera (Lleida) also loves.

And the two left, escaped, as soon as the traffic light went off and that if Bagnaia started from the pole, MM93 started from the second row but, already in the dangerous and hard first corner of Motorland, the Catalan was already second ahead of Jack Miller (Ducati) and Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), whom a wonderful Joan Mir, champion, last year, with Suzuki, stole his second consecutive podium with Noale’s modest bike.

The great couple

There were more races behind the Bagnaia-Márquez pair than ahead, where the two greats rolled like clocks, distancing themselves with great efficiency and skill from the pursuing squad, both arriving with more than four seconds to the last five laps, in which the fabulous Honda leader put everything he memorized into action, in the previous 15 laps, behind Bagnaia and in the presence of 13,578 spectators.

It may and has happened previously, that Marc Márquez remember his duels with fellow Italian Andrea Dovizioso, also Ducati boss, and meditate repeating some of those daring maneuvers knowing, of course, that ‘Dovi’ also beat him, too, in more of an occasion.

And everything was enormous, tremendous, prodigious, precious, very colorful. For three laps, the last three laps, the one featuring Bagnaia and Márquez was worthy of the best motorcycling in recent years. Marc tried it up to six times, in different curves and the Catalan’s overtaking was always answered, instantly, in meters, with courage and a magnificent Ducati, achieving in the end the first victory of his life in MotoGP, in his 42nd grand prize. , fighting against a champion who had 139 races and 57 wins in MotoGP.

The best Marquez

Everything was at the level of the best pilots in the world and the race shows that Bagnaia can of course be a candidate for the title (Fabio Quartararo finished 8th place today) and the test and the fight confirms that MM93 is delivering on its promise. : he is coming back, he will not stop falling, risking and fighting, fairing against fairing, for being the one of 2019, what he has been today, in Motorland, a great, an immense, someone who, despite everything, will never rule out fighting for the victory. Those six attempts to overtake Bagnaia prove it.

“There was someone who was saying out there that the old Marc Márquez would never arrive, because here I am, despite the physical wear and tear, despite the wear on the rear tire and in front of a rider, ‘Pecco’, who has had a great race and has not made not a single mistake. But here is, almost, the usual Marc Márquez, the one who, despite the falls on Friday and Saturday, fights for victory until the last corner, ”said Márquez before getting on the podium. “I have enjoyed it very, very much, I am very happy and very proud of my team and my behavior. I have enjoyed it a lot, a lot, and, despite the fact that, during the weekend I have fallen twice, here is the usual Marc fighting for everything that comes along. The usual Marc will never, ever disappear. There is a lot of boquerón out there uninformed, saying a lot of nonsense, but the important thing is that it does not affect you and keep working hard ”.

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Bagnaia, for his part, began by praising Marc “who has proven to be the champion that he is, fighting for victory from the start to the last corner and that is very nice and also adds merit to my first MotoGP victory, which I dedicate it to everyone, to everyone, and I will not give names so as not to forget anyone, but it is, without a doubt, the moment I dreamed of: winning in MotoGP and against a champion like Marc. You cannot ask for more, nor be happier ”.

MotoGP World Championship: 1. Fabio QUARTARARO (France), 214 points; 2. ‘Pecco’ BAGNAIA (Italy), 161; 3. Joan MIR (Spain), 157; 4. Johann ZARCO (France), 137 and 5. Jack MILLER (Australia), 129.

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