The Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) and two other Ducati riders, finishing behind him, complicate the possible achievement of the world title in advance to french Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) en the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna MotoGP on Sunday at the circuit “Marco Simoncelli“from Misano Adriatico.
Bagnaia has added his fourth consecutive pole position ahead of his teammate, the Australian Jack Miller, and with the also Italian Luca Marini third, both on paths Ducati Desmosedici, GP21 and GP20, respectively, which considerably complicates the objective of the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) of proclaim himself mathematically world champion on Sunday in Italy.
The fourth free practice sessions of MotoGP served so that all riders could calibrate their options and the possibility of fitting dry “slicks” tires to compete in both classifications And that is why it was almost a habit to see how the drivers went out onto the track, took a lap and returned to their workshops when they saw that there was already a completely dry “lane” on the Italian track to ride.
The increased pace when mounting dry tires led to the arrival of some bugs in the form of a fall because as soon as the drivers got out of the dry lane and with the tires working at an unsuitable temperature, the accident was almost inevitable.
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Riders such as the Italians Enea Bastianini (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), twice, and Michele Pirro (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), the Spanish Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16), Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V) were involved in these mishaps , Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR), just when he had just left the track and had not completed a single lap, Jorge Martín (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) or Alex Márquez (Honda RC 213 V).
Lecuona goes to the second classification
Surprisingly spanish Iker Lecuona (KTM RC 16) it was the fastest of the session, ahead of “Pecco” Bagnaia, Jack Miller and the world leader, Fabio Quartararo, awaiting the two official classifications for the third race of the season on Italian territory.
Lecuona was the fastest at the beginning of the first classification, in a round in which with each lap the situation of the track improved and that represented a constant change in the timesheets, which was later led by “Pecco” Bagnaia, chased by Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR), until the KTM driver regained first place on the next lap, and started again.
While the South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16) and the current MotoGP world champion, Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR) were on the ground, as did Michele Pirro (Ducati Desmosedici GP21) and Enea Bastianini (Ducati Desmosedici GP20), “Pecco” Bagnaia confirmed the first place ahead of Iker Lecuona, which gave them the pass to the second classification.
Iker Lecuona thus achieved, for the first time in the whole season, the pass to the second classification, to the detriment of Fabio Quartararo, who saw his last fastest lap canceled for achieving it with yellow flags, and Alex Rins.
Valentino Rossi (Yamaha YZR M 1) finished last in his farewell race on “Italian territory”, more than four seconds behind the best of the first classification.
The second qualifying did not start too well for Marc Márquez, Whose Repsol Honda gave him a “whiplash” on the warm-up lap that was about to “dislodge” him but which he controlled to almost immediately go to touch the injured shoulder.
As neither Jorge Martin, that suffered a double fall in the session that prevented him from defending his position and relegated him to the last place of the second classification.
The same final had the Italian Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona, a partner in the Tech 3 KTM team led by the French Hervé Poncharal, Marc Márquez, who had to settle for the seventh final position, and the French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP21), at the end tenth.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.