The Italian Francesco "Pecco" Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) got the third consecutive victory and the fifth of the season by
The Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) got the third consecutive victory and the fifth of the season by winning the Austrian Grand Prix of MotoGP at the “Red Bull Ring” circuit in which the world leader, the French Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1) defended himself in “champion plan” by achieving a laborious second position, ahead of the Australian Jack Miller (Ducati Desmosedici GP22).
Bagnaia has achieved cut points with Quartararo, although not all those who could expect those responsible for Ducati, who saw how the reigning world champion was capable of leaving behind all his riders, except the Italian, while the Spanish Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP) was wrong to choosing the softer rear tire and finished in sixth position, giving up a lot of ground to his rivals in the championship points table, where he is now 32 points (168 points) behind the Frenchman (200) and with only twelve of advantage over the Italian (156).
bagnaia surprised Bastianini at the start with Miller in third position with Jorge Martín fourth and the world leader, Frenchman Fabio Quartararo in fifth position, when the race lost its first protagonist, the 2020 world champion, the Spanish Joan Mir (Suzuki GSX RR), who he was crashing at turn four.
Quartararo lost a position
After completing the first lap Quartararo lost one position to his former teammate, the Spanish Maverick Viñales (Aprilia RS-GP), with his teammate Aleix Espargaró gaining four positions in the first lap, which he completed in eighth place.
Ducati’s initial “blow” was brutall, a true festival with four Ducati riders at the helm and their leader, “Pecco” Bagnaia, setting the pace.
In just two laps they had already managed to open a gap with respect to their pursuers, Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quartararo, Aleix Espargaró and yua string of pilots practically in “single file”.
in the fourth round Jack Miller got behind his teammate’s back, “Pecco” Bagnaia, acting as a bodyguard, while Bastianini and Martín, who are playing for Miller’s place in the official Ducati team, lavished constant “axes” on each other and Aleix Espargaró made his first fastest lap of the race.
Maverick Viñales made a mistake on the fifth lap in which he was overtaken by Quartararo and Espargaró and a lap later Enea Bastianini had technical problems -the front tire was badly “beaded” on the rim, which made it lose pressure little by little- whichand made him go straight out at turn four and thus be forced to leave.
Bagnaia and Miller stood out from the rest of rivals making it clear that the victory could be just the two of them and, just in case, the Australian did not take long to “show the wheel” to his teammate, even overtaking him on the eighth lap, although the Italian quickly recovered the leadership and Martín consolidated in the third position.
A strange overtaking of Miller when Bagnaia is the one who plays the world title with a Quartararo who held on in fourth place, alone. without excessive problems, which logically forced the Italian to add the maximum number of points and even Ducati to dictate “team orders”.
Little by little Bagnaia distanced himself from Miller and Martín, while behind him Quartararo also approached that duo, with an Aleix Espargaró who at that time, fourteenth lap and halfway through the race, scheduled for 28 laps, was riding alone in the fifth place.
Martin committed a serious mistake on the seventeenth lap by sneaking into the variant, which forced him to let Fabio Quartararo pass to avoid the penalty and, therefore, start again but now to attack the Frenchman, although for a few moments he gave the impression that the Spanish had problems, yes well he continued in the race after the slipstream of Fabio Quartararo.
A little further back, Maverick Viñales was not going through his best moment and little by little he was losing pace and being overtaken by the Italian Luca Marini (Ducati Desmosedici GP22), the French Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) and the Spanish Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX RR), initially, but with South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16) getting dangerously close to his slipstream before overtaking him soon after.
Less than five laps to go Quartararo got inside in the variant to go ahead of Miller, who was about to be overtaken at that same point by Jorge Martín.
The Frenchman held on to second position while Martin “squeezed” Miller to try to overtake him in the three laps that remained to the end of the test, in which Aleix Espargaró benefited from Alex Rins’ mistake when sneaking in to recover a place and Martín fell in turn one when trying to overtake Miller, although he was able to return to the race to enter the points, in tenth position.
After the podium riders, Bagnaia, Quartararo and Miller, Luca Marini entered, with Johann Zarco, Aleix Espargaró, Brad Binder, Alex Rins, Marco Bezzecchi and Jorge Martín behind him, in the top ten positions, with Maverick Viñales also in the points, thirteenth, ahead of Alex Márquez (Honda RC 213 V) and, already out of the points Pol Espargaró (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), sixteenth, and Raúl Fernández (KTM RC 16), eighteenth.