What revenge for Francesco Bagnaia! Alone in the world on Sunday, the Italian (Ducati), starting from pole position, offered himself a resounding victory on the Assen TT circuit in the Netherlands, and flew over the Grand Prix. This victory allows him to return to 4th place in the World Championship standings when he left empty-handed from the last two GPs in Catalonia and Germany.
Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), him, made a mistake in the third round. Badly embarked when he was second on the starting grid, the 23-year-old Frenchman attempted a daring maneuver on the Spaniard Aleix Espargaro in turn 5, but lost the front in his attempt. He crashed and finished his race in the gravel before leaving at the back of the pack.
Quartararo sees his lead shrink
Returning to the track after a pit stop, he again crashed hard at the same turn 5 and retired.
A disappointing result for the world champion but which suits his main competitors. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) was able to avoid the worst after his shock with the world champion and offered himself a deserved 4th place in view of the circumstances.
He even made the show, doubling brilliantly Brad Binder and Jack Miller in the last chicane. He is now on the heels of his rival (2nd), at only 21 points. The other Frenchman, Johann Zarco, also missed his race, taking only 13th place but he retains his place on the podium (3rd) in the general classification.
Behind Bagnaia, the podium of this Grand Prix is finally completed by the surprising Italian Marco Bezzecchi, author of his very first podium in MotoGP, and by the Spaniard Maverick Vinales, who signed his first podium with Aprilia.
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