Quartararo wins in Catalonia. Aleix Espargaro has made a strange mistake and is 5th – MotoGP News

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Aleix Espargaró had the pulley, the good pace and the favoritism to win the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix. However, Fabio Quartararo did not manage to connect with it, as his team mates had hoped, and the ball went out. It was the second victory of ‘El Diablo’ of the season, which remains firmly in the lead.

Espargaró struggled to stay in second place as he was under pressure from two Pramace riders. But, it seemed calm at the end, the driver from Granollers made a strange mistake when he thought he was finishing a lap before the end of the race and losing his place, giving Jorge Martín time to occupy the second place, ahead of Johann Zarco, his own. teammate — two Pramac bikes took the podium in Barcelona.

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On the first lap, Francesco Bagnaia and Álex Rins suffered accidents after a mistake by Takaaki Nakagami. The race management also investigated the Japanese action, but no one was punished. The Italian also tried to return to the race, but withdrew.

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Find out how the MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix went:

As was the case all weekend, there was a cracking sun on Sunday in Barcelona. Before starting, the temperature was 30 ° C, and the asphalt reached 56 ° C. The relative humidity was 46% and the wind speed reached 13 km / h.

When we left the track, the choice of tires was quite varied. Most riders opted for medium fronts, but four KTM bikes opted for the hardest. In the back, the majority also went with the middle ones, with Jack Miller, Johann Zarco, Marco Bezzecchi, Stefan Bradl, Pol Espargaró, Brad Binder, two tough Suzuki and Franco Morbidelli. Maverick Viñales was the only one who risked the soft.

Before the start, however, Brad Binder, Álex Rins and Joan Mir were pushed hard and moved to the middle back.

At the moment when the lights were switched off directly on the Catalan circuit, the spectators saw Aleix Espargaró start well and keep the lead in the first meters, but Fabio Quartararo took the lead in the first corner.

MotoGP kicks off in Catalonia, with Quartararo overtaking Espargaró (Video: MotoGP)

On the 1st lap, by the way, he saw one of the candidates for the victory who saw an accident: Pecco Bagnaia. The setback began with Takaaki Nakagami falling, touching Pecco’s back and also picking up Álex Rins, causing the Suzuki rider to fall into a dreadful fall.

Jorge Martín jumped to third against Johann Zarco, Pol Espargaró, Joan Mir, Luca Marini and Maverick Viñales.

On lap 3, while Quartararo was expanding the lead, Martín took the second to Alex. Fabio’s difference was already 1.

Joan Mir, who started from 17th place, returned to fifth place in the race (Video: MotoGP)

On lap 8, another setback for the season for Bastianini: on lap 5, an accident marked the second consecutive retirement for driver Gresini, moving away from the 2022 title fight. Shortly afterwards, Fabio Di Giannantonio also fell and finished more. early involvement of the Italian national team in the lawsuit.

In the tenth lap, Aleix finally broke Martin’s resistance and took second place. With 15 laps to go, however, the home driver was already 3s3 behind Quartararo, who dominated the case.

Bastianini fails and retires (Video: MotoGP)

Although Aleix made an effort to try to reduce Fabio’s advantage, the Frenchman managed to get even further away, widening the gap to 3s950 at the start of the 14th lap. Martin, however, did not lose touch with # 41 and had Zarco trying to get back into the fight.

With nine laps to go, Martín took advantage of the direct gap to stick and overtook Aleix on lap 1, finishing second. Fourth, Zarco was trying to get into the podium fight.

Martín Espargaró is missing nine laps (Video: MotoGP)

It could be seen in the pictures that Aleix’s right tire was quite worn. However, the Catalan was trying to keep in touch with Jorge in order to regain second place in Barcelona.

With four laps to go, Aleix stuck to Marti straight and followed the recipe for a shot at the 1st corner, opening up a small advantage if he took advantage of the speed of the RS-GP. Zarco went after him, but not so close as to immediately threaten Pramac’s friend.

Aleix spread the good news and was consolidating his position at the end of the race, but he made a strange mistake: he thought he had finished the race and started to celebrate, dropping to fifth place.

Espargaro receives applause in Catalunya GP after a mistake (Video: MotoGP)

The Aprilia rider returned to the pits inconsolably and, in addition to the team, received the help of his wife, Laura, and their children, Max and Mia, Carmelo Ezpeleta, the executive director of Dorna, the promoter of the World, who personally went. to offer a hug to the whores.

MotoGP 2022, Catalunya GP, Barcelona, ​​Race:

1 FOURTH Yamaha 40min29s360 24 back
bi J MARTIN Pramac Ducati +6,473
3 J ZARCO Pramac Ducati +8,385
4 J MIR suzuki +11,481
5 ASPARAGUS Aprilia +14.395
6 L MARINI VR46 Ducati +15,430
7 M VIÑALES Aprilia +15,975
8 B TIE KTM +21,436
9 M OLIVE KTM +26,800
10 MARK Honda LCR +30,460
11 R GARDNER Tech3 KTM +32,443
12 D BINDER Yamaha RNF +32,881
13 F MORBIDELLI Yamaha +33.168
14 J MILLER Ducati +34,693
15 R FERNÁNDEZ Tech3 KTM +37,844
16 M PYRRUS Ducati +44,533
17 P SPREAD Honda +46,199
18 PROVISIONAL Yamaha RNF abandoned
19 F DI GIANNANTONIO Gresini Ducati abandoned
20 AND BASTIANINI Gresini Ducati abandoned
21 M BEZZECCHI VR46 Ducati abandoned
22 F BATHROOM Ducati abandoned
23 to the kidneys suzuki abandoned
24 T NAKAGAMI Honda LCR abandoned
25 S BRADL Honda abandoned

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