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Pecco Bagnaia takes victory in the MotoGP San Marino 2022achieving his fourth consecutive victory, something that no one had ever achieved

Pecco Bagnaia takes victory in the MotoGP San Marino 2022achieving his fourth consecutive victory, something that no one had ever achieved with Ducati. Bastianini was about to beat him, but he couldn’t, and Viñales closed the podium.

Ducati began the Grand Prix taking over the first four places on the grid: a double for its official team, with Jack Miller and Pecco Bagnaia in first and second position, followed by Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing) and Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46).

Only Vinales (Aprilia) broke the dominance of the Italian brand, in fifth position, as the sixth and seventh returned to Ducati with Johann Zarco and Luca Marini. The world leader, Fabio Quartararo, started from eighth place, and from ninth place his immediate pursuer, Aleix Espargaró.

In the first curve they went to the ground Zarco, Pirro and Pol Espargaró. At the start Miller kept the lead, but Bastianini overtook Bagnaia. In addition, Esparagaró managed to gain positions and placed sixth.

On the second lap Miller went down and just a couple of corners later he did the same Bezzecchimaking it clear that the track, with a higher temperature than in training, was delicate.

25 minutes from the end Bagnaia managed to get into first position and several corners later Viñales followed suit, relegating Bastianini to third place, followed by Luca Marini. Behind, Espargaró lapped fifth and Quartararo sixth.

By lap 5 the group of the top four was already compacted, closely followed by four other drivers. Viñales continuously measured the distances with respect to Bagnaia, preparing to overtake him, but he did not finish materializing it.

Who did manage to overtake his direct rival was Quartararo, who at turn 14 overtook Espargaró to place fifth.

The laps passed and with 10 runs, the forward quarter managed to start to open distance with respect to Quartararo, who, in addition, was lapping almost a second behind Aleix. After the halfway point (lap 14) the situation remained in the same conditions, with the drivers adopting a more conservative attitude to save tires for the end of the Grand Prix.

On lap 16, Bastianini went wide, passing him by Marini, although the former regained third place seconds later, overtaking him based on pure acceleration. In lance, yes, it made a small gap open with respect to the leading duo.

Bagnaia and Viñales, with very different lines throughout the circuit, continued in their particular tug-of-war, very close, but without overtaking. Bastianini set the absolute lap record on lap 17.

Eight from the end, Viñales slipped into a curve, lost meters and Bastianini did not miss the opportunity to place himself in second position. Despite the brief fight, he wasted no time closing in on Bagnaia to within 0.4.

From behind, Quartararo was cutting Marini little by little, looking for a fourth position because the third, from Viñales, seemed very far away.

Until the last lap it seemed that Bastianini had a chance to pass Bagnaia, but at the beginning of the lap he made a mistake and lost meters. Despite this, he quickly recovered the lost gap, to the point of, in the last corner, leaving his rival’s slipstream and being about to take victory in extremis.

However, the balance fell on the side of Pecco Bagnaia, who has become the first Ducati rider to achieve four consecutive victories. It is the sixth of the year for the driver and the ninth for the official team.

The final standings has been the following:

  1. bagnaia
  2. Bastianini
  3. Vinales
  4. Marini
  5. Quartararo
  6. espargaro
  7. Rins
  8. Binder
  9. Martinez
  10. Marquez
  11. Oliveira
  12. Dovizioso
  13. Fernndez
  14. bradl
  15. Nakagami

The next MotoGP appointment is in Aragón in two weeks.