I had shared thirty-six thousandths at the finish line in Misano, 42 in Misano, but with reversed positions. This time it was Bastianini who got the better of Bagnaia, once again in the sprint. With them on the podium is Aleix Espargarò’s Aprilia, while Quartararo hasn’t even finished the first lap. The final photo sees Enea celebrating for the victory and Pecco for being only 10 points behind Fabio, but everything happened between the red light of the traffic light and the checkered flag.
Starting from that first fatal lap in Quartararo. At that moment, the Frenchman was in the wake of Marquez, the Honda crossed out of the corner and Fabio was unable to avoid him, finding himself on the ground, luckily without major injuries. Marc was then (again innocently) the protagonist of another accident because in contact with Quartararo his bike was damaged and when, a few corners later, he used the device that lowers the rear of his bike, the rear wheel got stuck. , pushing him towards Nakagami, ended up on the ground.
At that point, Bagnaia was in front of everyone, free to set their own pace. Bastianini was chasing him: on lap 9 he took the lead, but an error put him behind Pecco. At that point, the two Ducati Italians put their cards on the table, leaving the company of all the other riders. Enea was Pecco’s shadow until the last lap, when he led the final attack that gave him his fourth win of the year. «I had the possibility to attack Pecco and I did, returning to victory is a dream come true» commented the Beast.
However, Bagnaia was not too sad, after all he is now only 10 points behind Quartararo, with 5 races at the end of the championship. «I did my best, but Enea had more traction than me in the final – the comment – I knew that he and Fabio would be the fastest today and I’m sorry for Quartararo’s crash. On the last lap I had no chance to overtake Bastianini and in the end I would have recovered 20 points in the standings anyway. That’s okay ».
Brad Binder finished off the podium on the KTM, then many Ducatis (who have already mathematically won the manufacturers’ title): Miller, Martin, Matini and Zarco, from 5th to 8th place. Rins is 9th and Bezzecchi closes the Top 10.
For the next race we will only have to wait until next Sunday, when the Motegi gp is scheduled, hoping that the typhoon that is hitting Japan does not put the race in doubt.