MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix: Bagnaia knows how to manage

MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix: Bagnaia knows how to manage
MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix: Bagnaia knows how to manage
MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix

If the sprint did not exist, Francesco Bagnaia would be leader of the championship. Since the Spanish Grand Prix, the Italian has not finished any of Saturday’s races. In Jerez, he fell after being hit by Brad Binder. At Le Mans, he missed his start, and a technical problem on his Ducati then forced him to retire. In Barcelona, ​​the defending champion thought he was done with this bad series. Unfortunately, while he seemed well on his way to winning his first sprint of the season, he fell on the last lap. Three blank results in a row today weigh down his progress table. However, Bagnaia is not panicking.

“We will have to show more regularity”

Double reigning world champion, he knows that 39 points behind, with more than two thirds of the races remaining, is nothing irremediable. “We will still have to show a little more consistency,” commented the Ducati rider on Sunday afternoon after winning the Catalan Grand Prix. Because if he did not finish the sprint, “Pecco” made up for it the next day by offering himself his second victory of the season ahead of Jorge Martin, the championship leader, and Marc Marquez, whom he now precedes by two points in the general classification.

By monopolizing the three steps of the podium as at Le Mans, the Italian and the two Spaniards confirmed that they were indeed the strong men of this 2024 season, and that the title would most certainly be played between them.

Beaten in France by the two Iberians, the Piedmontese took his revenge in Catalonia by demonstrating perfect control of his tires. On a track sorely lacking in grip but placing enormous demands on the rubber, Bagnaia knew how to manage the wear to perfection. In the lead during the first four laps, he let Martin and Acosta pass. “I felt that I had to reduce the pace so as not to destroy my tires,” says the Italian. Well seen. The GasGas driver crashed and the championship leader collapsed shortly after halfway. Remaining in ambush, Bagnaia maintained his pace to regain control with six laps to go. He never left them again.

Rankings

Catalan Grand Prix:

1. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati) 40’11”726

2. Jorge Martín (ESP/Ducati-Pramac) at 1”740

3. Marc Marquez (ESP/Ducati-Gresini) 10”491

4. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Aprilia) 10”543

5. Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA/Ducati-VR46) 15”441

6. Raul Fernandez (ESP/Aprilia-Trackhouse) 15”916

7. Alex Marquez (ESP/Ducati-Gresini) 16”882

8. Brad Binder (RSA/KTM) 18”578

9. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha) 20”477

10. Miguel Oliveira (POR/Aprilia-Trackhouse) 20”889…

16. Johann Zarco (FRA/Honda-LCR) 34”554

World Championship (after the Catalan GP):

1. Jorge Martín (ESP/Ducati-Pramac) 155 points

2. Francesco Bagnaia (ITA/Ducati) 116 pts

3. Marc Marquez (ESP/Ducati-Gresini) 114 pts

4. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Ducati) 94 pts

5. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Aprilia) 87 pts

6. Pedro Acosta (ESP/GasGaS-Tech3) 83 pts

7. Aleix Espargaro (ESP/Aprilia) 76 pts

8. Brad Binder (RSA/KTM) 75 pts

9. Fabio Di Giannantonio (ITA/Ducati-VR46) 62 pts

10. Marco Bezzecchi (ITA/Ducati-VR46) 42 pts…

12. Fabio Quartararo (FRA/Yamaha) 32 pts

19. Johann Zarco (FRA/Honda-LCR) 9 pts

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