MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Misano World Superbike FP1 Result: Young Guns Up Top

Toprak Razgatlioglu, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Garrett Gerloff were separated by less than a tenth of a second at the end of the first session at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli”. Satellite rider Chaz Davies was the only one of the old guard inside the top six. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Gap Speed
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.848   272,7
2 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'34.902 0.054 273,4
3 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 1'34.923 0.075 269,3
4 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'35.391 0.543 270,7
5 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'35.549 0.701 273,4
6 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'35.651 0.803 272,7
7 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'35.733 0.885 268,0
8 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.789 0.941 273,4
9 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 1'35.809 0.961 273,4
10 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 1'35.831 0.983 270,7
11 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'35.914 1.066 272,7
12 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 1'35.985 1.137 269,3
13 44 L. MAHIAS Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.168 1.320 263,4
14 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 1'36.231 1.383 268,7
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.288 1.440 267,3
16 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 1'36.409 1.561 270,7
17 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 1'36.418 1.570 266,7
18 50 E. LAVERTY BMW M 1000 RR 1'36.883 2.035 271,4
19 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'36.914 2.066 266,0
20 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 1'37.305 2.457 266,7
21 76 S. CAVALIERI Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'38.411 3.563 260,9
22 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'39.881 5.033 261,5
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Barcelona MotoGP Test Final Times: Maverick Viñales Retains Coveted King Of Testing Title

Times at the end of the MotoGP test on Monday after Barcelona:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:39.400    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:39.537 0.137 0.137
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:39.702 0.302 0.165
4 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.816 0.416 0.114
5 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP21 1:39.866 0.466 0.050
6 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 1:39.877 0.477 0.011
7 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP21 1:39.979 0.579 0.102
8 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:40.022 0.622 0.043
9 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:40.036 0.636 0.014
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:40.050 0.650 0.014
11 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:40.054 0.654 0.004
12 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 1:40.141 0.741 0.087
13 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP19 1:40.226 0.826 0.085
14 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP21 1:40.242 0.842 0.016
15 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:40.483 1.083 0.241
16 00 KTM Test 1 KTM RC16 1:40.912 1.512 0.429
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP19 1:40.923 1.523 0.011
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM RC16 1:40.937 1.537 0.014
19 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 1:40.963 1.563 0.026
20 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 1:40.994 1.594 0.031
21 00 KTM Test 2 KTM RC16 1:41.053 1.653 0.059
22 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 1:41.205 1.805 0.152
23 15 Matteo Baiocco Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.571 7.171 5.366
Round Number: 
0
2021
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2021 Barcelona MotoGP Test Times At 5pm: Two Yamahas Lead The Way

Times at 5pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:39.537    
2 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:39.595 0.058 0.058
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:39.702 0.165 0.107
4 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.816 0.279 0.114
5 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP21 1:39.866 0.329 0.050
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP21 1:39.979 0.442 0.113
7 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:40.022 0.485 0.043
8 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:40.036 0.499 0.014
9 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:40.050 0.513 0.014
10 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:40.054 0.517 0.004
11 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 1:40.088 0.551 0.034
12 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 1:40.141 0.604 0.053
13 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP21 1:40.242 0.705 0.101
14 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:40.483 0.946 0.241
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP19 1:40.701 1.164 0.218
16 00 KTM Test 1 KTM RC16 1:40.912 1.375 0.211
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP19 1:40.923 1.386 0.011
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM RC16 1:40.937 1.400 0.014
19 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 1:40.994 1.457 0.057
20 00 KTM Test 2 KTM RC16 1:41.053 1.516 0.059
21 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 1:41.205 1.668 0.152
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 1:41.542 2.005 0.337
23 15 Matteo Baiocco Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.571 7.034 5.029
Round Number: 
0
2021
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2021 Barcelona MotoGP Test Times At 4pm: Quartararo Takes Over At The Top

Times at 4pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:39.537    
2 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:39.702 0.165 0.165
3 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.816 0.279 0.114
4 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP21 1:39.866 0.329 0.050
5 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP21 1:39.979 0.442 0.113
6 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:40.022 0.485 0.043
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:40.036 0.499 0.014
8 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:40.054 0.517 0.018
9 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 1:40.088 0.551 0.034
10 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 1:40.141 0.604 0.053
11 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:40.218 0.681 0.077
12 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP21 1:40.242 0.705 0.024
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:40.352 0.815 0.110
14 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:40.487 0.950 0.135
15 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP19 1:40.701 1.164 0.214
16 00 KTM Test 1 KTM RC16 1:40.912 1.375 0.211
17 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP19 1:40.923 1.386 0.011
18 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 1:40.994 1.457 0.071
19 00 KTM Test 2 KTM RC16 1:41.053 1.516 0.059
20 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 1:41.205 1.668 0.152
21 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM RC16 1:41.412 1.875 0.207
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 1:41.804 2.267 0.392
23 15 Matteo Baiocco Aprilia RS-GP 1:47.174 7.637 5.370
Round Number: 
0
2021
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2021 Barcelona MotoGP Test Times At 1pm: Mir Leads, Zarco Moves To Second

Times at 2pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.816    
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP21 1:39.979 0.163 0.163
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:40.022 0.206 0.043
4 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:40.050 0.234 0.028
5 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 1:40.088 0.272 0.038
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:40.152 0.336 0.064
7 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:40.231 0.415 0.079
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP21 1:40.242 0.426 0.011
9 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:40.317 0.501 0.075
10 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP21 1:40.407 0.591 0.090
11 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 1:40.418 0.602 0.011
12 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:40.439 0.623 0.021
13 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:40.530 0.714 0.091
14 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:40.540 0.724 0.010
15 00 KTM Test 1 KTM RC16 1:40.912 1.096 0.372
16 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP19 1:40.923 1.107 0.011
17 00 KTM Test 2 KTM RC16 1:41.053 1.237 0.130
18 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 1:41.205 1.389 0.152
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM RC16 1:41.412 1.596 0.207
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP19 1:41.570 1.754 0.158
21 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 1:41.684 1.868 0.114
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 1:42.206 2.390 0.522
23 15 Matteo Baiocco Aprilia RS-GP 1:47.840 8.024 5.634
Round Number: 
0
2021
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2021 Barcelona MotoGP Test Times At 1pm: Mir Takes Over

Aleix Espargaro is not testing due to fluid in his right arm, the aftermath of his arm pump operation after Le Mans. The KTM Test bikes are being ridden by Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira. Neither Mika Kallio nor Dani Pedrosa are testing.

Times at 1pm:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:39.816    
2 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:40.022 0.206 0.206
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:40.050 0.234 0.028
4 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:40.177 0.361 0.127
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:40.231 0.415 0.054
6 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP21 1:40.242 0.426 0.011
7 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:40.317 0.501 0.075
8 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP21 1:40.369 0.553 0.052
9 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP21 1:40.407 0.591 0.038
10 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 1:40.418 0.602 0.011
11 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:40.530 0.714 0.112
12 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:40.540 0.724 0.010
13 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 1:40.667 0.851 0.127
14 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP19 1:40.923 1.107 0.256
15 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:41.031 1.215 0.108
16 00 KTM Test 2 KTM RC16 1:41.053 1.237 0.022
17 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 1:41.205 1.389 0.152
18 00 KTM Test 1 KTM RC16 1:41.223 1.407 0.018
19 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM RC16 1:41.412 1.596 0.189
20 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP19 1:41.570 1.754 0.158
21 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 1:41.684 1.868 0.114
22 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 1:42.206 2.390 0.522
23 15 Matteo Baiocco Aprilia RS-GP 1:48.269 8.453 6.063
Round Number: 
0
2021
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2021 Barcelona MotoGP Test Times At 12 Noon: Nakagami Leads

Times at 12 noon:

Pos No Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda RC213V 1:40.050    
2 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha M1 1:40.177 0.127 0.127
3 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha M1 1:40.263 0.213 0.086
4 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha M1 1:40.367 0.317 0.104
5 33 Brad Binder KTM RC16 1:40.418 0.368 0.051
6 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM RC16 1:40.530 0.480 0.112
7 44 Pol Espargaro Honda RC213V 1:40.667 0.617 0.137
8 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati GP21 1:40.749 0.699 0.082
9 5 Johann Zarco Ducati GP21 1:40.873 0.823 0.124
10 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha M1 1:41.031 0.981 0.158
11 00 KTM Test 1 KTM RC16 1:41.053 1.003 0.022
12 73 Alex Márquez Honda RC213V 1:41.089 1.039 0.036
13 43 Jack Miller Ducati GP21 1:41.096 1.046 0.007
14 93 Marc Márquez Honda RC213V 1:41.100 1.050 0.004
15 36 Joan Mir Suzuki GSX-RR 1:41.313 1.263 0.213
16 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati GP19 1:41.345 1.295 0.032
17 10 Luca Marini Ducati GP19 1:41.570 1.520 0.225
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM RC16 1:41.669 1.619 0.099
19 27 Iker Lecuona KTM RC16 1:41.703 1.653 0.034
20 50 Sylvain Guintoli Suzuki GSX-RR 1:42.054 2.004 0.351
21 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia RS-GP 1:42.206 2.156 0.152
22 15 Matteo Baiocco Aprilia RS-GP 1:54.136 14.086 11.930
Round Number: 
0
2021
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2021 Barcelona MotoE Race Result: Fresh Faces And Mixed Fortunes

The MotoE class closed a respectable spectacle in Catalunya with a shortened 6-lap sprint, but their show started before the lights even turned on, when poleman Eric Granado hit technical problems on the grid and the race got delayed while he was sent to pitlane.

Jordi Torres was left on “pole” but he couldn’t hold onto the lead and Dominique Aegerter took over top spot into turn 1 from Torres and Alessandro Zaccone. Granado joined the race from pitlane and was six seconds behind the leader by the end of lap 1.

The turn 1 roulette was in play for MotoE as well, so Aegerter got pushed back by Zaccone at the start of lap 2 and was soon under attack from a feisty Miquel Pons. The LCR man attacked for the lead the next time they reached the main straight but Aegerter got back ahead by turn 1, in front of Torres and Zaccone.

The lead changed hands again on lap 4, when Zaccone won the turn 1 lottery, once again from Aegerter but Torres was under attack from Pons and Mattia Casadei, both riders getting ahead by the end of that lap. However, it was mixed fortunes for the duo as Pons went on to pick up the lead with 2 laps remaining, while Casadei crashed out at turn 10.

Pons held onto the lead on the final lap and his 3-tenth advantage was just enough to avoid any attacks until the finish line, securing him a maiden win in the class. Aegerter settled for second, with Torres joining them on the podium. Zaccone and Yonny Hernandez completed the top 5, while Matteo Ferrari relinquished sixth place to Fermín Aldeguer after a penalty for exceeding track limits on the final lap. Eric Granado had made some progress to join the top 10 but crashed out on the final lap.

Although Zaccone missed out on the podium by half a second, he maintains his lead in the championship by one point from Aegerter. Torres in third is 11 points down, with Pons climbing into fourth, 18 points behind the leader. After their respective crashes, Casadei and Granado drop to fifth and sixth in the standings, 21 and 26 points down.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 71 Miquel Pons Energica 11'15.075
2 77 Dominique Aegerter Energica +0.531
3 40 Jordi Torres Energica +0.577
4 61 Alessandro Zaccone Energica +1.121
5 68 Yonny Hernandez Energica +1.151
6 54 Fermín Aldeguer Energica +1.790
7 11 Matteo Ferrari Energica +1.764
8 3 Lukas Tulovic Energica +2.352
9 78 Hikari Okubo Energica +3.214
10 19 Corentin Perolari Energica +5.160
11 6 Maria Herrera Energica +5.394
12 21 Kevin Zannoni Energica +12.150
13 14 Andre Pires Energica +24.162
14 9 Andrea Mantovani Energica +1'39.276
Not Classified
  51 Eric Granado Energica 1 Lap
  27 Mattia Casadei Energica 2 Laps
  80 Jasper Iwema Energica 5 Laps
Not Finished 1st Lap
  18 Xavi Cardelus Energica 0 Lap
Round Number: 
3
2021
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2021 Barcelona Moto2 Race Result: When Life Gives You Oranges, Make Prosecco

Hot asphalt awaited the intermediate class ahead of their race and the bar was set pretty high after the MotoGP thriller before them. In a familiar flashback, it was the two KTM-branded machines who hogged the limelight throughout the 22-lap race and Remy Gardner was once again the victor, crossing the finish line almost two seconds ahead to secure his third victory in the class. Rookie teammate Raul Fernandez settled for the second place trophy and a third successive podium, with Xavi Vierge stepping onto the final step of the podium after a long wait.

Gardner made a quick start from pole position to lead the way from front row starters Fernandez and Bo Bendsneyder, while Vierge climbed into fourth, ahead of Augusto Fernandez. Marco Bezzecchi also made a fast start to go from 10th on the grid to 6th after a couple corners, while rival Sam Lowes went the other way, 8th on the grid to 12th early on.

While Raul Fernandez and Bendsneyder were trading places behind him, Gardner extended a half second gap at the front by lap 2. Fernandez soon claimed the right to reel in his teammate, keeping Bendsneyder at arm’s length, with Vierge, Bezzecchi, Augusto Fernandez and Aron Canet also holding onto the chasing group. Rookie Ai Ogura had dropped a second back by lap 3 and the likes of Fabio Di Giannantonio and Lowes wouldn’t have been too happy to get stuck in that group rather than the victory battle.

By lap 4, the victory already looked like a Red Bull KTM Ajo affair, as Fernandez caught up with his teammate and left the chasing group half a second back and led by Bendsneyder. The pursuers seemed to reduce in numbers over the next few laps, only Vierge and Bezzecchi keeping calm and following the Dutchman, while the exchanges between Canet and Augusto Fernandez dropped them one second back. Ai Ogura was getting ready to cause them some headaches but Canet never got to suffer that as he crashed out at turn 5 of lap 7 and left Fernandez to resist the rookie on his own. Another second back, Lowes found some rhythm and was bringing Di Giannantonio with him.

Back at the front, the KTMs were untroubled and Raul Fernandez slid past his teammate going into turn 1 to pick up the lead with 11 laps to go. Bendsneyder, Vierge and Bezzecchi were biding their time in the battle for third, one second behind the leaders and the exchanges only started with 7 laps remaining, when Vierge found turn 1 ahead of Bendsneyder. Bezzecchi followed his example one lap later and the Dutch rider dropped to 5th.

Fernandez continued to lead with outstanding consistency but got a track limits warning with 4 laps remaining and was not dropping his teammate, the gap rarely going over one tenth of a second. Gardner made a last-second decision to make his decisive move at turn 1 with 3 laps remaining and immediately opened a gap, starting the final lap over a second ahead of his rookie teammate. Fernandez had to admit defeat once more and crossed the finish line in a safe second, while Vierge secured his first podium of the season another second later. Bezzecchi missed out on the podium by three tenths of a second, while Augusto Fernandez finally finished a race and overtook Bendsneyder for a solid fifth in the closing stages. Lowes inherited seventh place after Ogura made a rookie mistake at turn 4 with 3 laps remaining, while Marcel Schrotter, Somkiat Chantra and Joe Roberts joined the top 10, helped by a late clash between Fabio Di Giannantonio and Hector Garzo.

Gardner’s win in fine style extends his lead in the championship over his teammate to 11 points, with Bezzecchi 38 points down and Lowes a pretty significant 64.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 38'22.284
2 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex +1.872
3 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +2.866
4 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex +3.207
5 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +3.899
6 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +4.541
7 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +4.875
8 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +15.973
9 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +17.515
10 16 Joe Roberts Kalex +19.838
11 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +20.571
12 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +22.512
13 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +22.558
14 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +23.238
15 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +23.958
16 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta +25.099
17 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +31.344
18 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +37.129
19 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex +37.895
20 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS +38.438
21 2 Alonso Lopez Boscoscuro +40.247
22 70 Barry Baltus NTS +40.674
23 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta +40.784
24 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +48.588
25 74 Piotr Biesiekirski Kalex +49.640
26 81 Keminth Kubo Kalex +49.694
Not Classified
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex 2 Laps
  21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 2 Laps
  79 Ai Ogura Kalex 3 Laps
  19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 4 Laps
  42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 15 Laps
  44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 16 Laps
Round Number: 
7
2021
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2021 Barcelona MotoGP Race Result: Numbers Don’t Lie But They Don’t Race Either *UPDATED*

The 30th anniversary of MotoGP putting on a show in Catalunya looked like a forgone conclusion from the end of FP3 but the hot and overcast Sunday afternoon in Montmeló had a few surprises in store. After poleman Fabio Quartararo presumably broke a mirror and helped a black cat walk under a ladder, Miguel Oliveira rose to the occasion and secured an impressive first victory of the season. Johann Zarco was a slow burn rocket that really fired for the final couple of laps but it was too late to be the bride and the Frenchman settled for the bridesmaid once more, scoring his fourth podium of the season. Jack Miller’s Sunday wasn’t quite as eventful as his Saturday but the Ducati man managed his tyres well and inherited the final podium position once Quartararo tipped a salt shaker over.

It was not the usual lightning start for Miller off the line and poleman Quartararo almost managed to hold him off into turn 1 but not quite. Oliveira made a fast start from the second row and was immediately on the tail of the Ducati man, demoting the poleman to third. Joan Mir made an excellent start from 10th on the grid to join the top 5 early on, ahead of Zarco, Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Viñales and Brad Binder. Marc Marquez was one of the few tempted by the sort rear tyre and it helped him join the top 10 on the first lap, ahead of Pecco Bagnaia.

Back at the front, Miller only held onto the lead until the second lap, when he went wide at turn 4 and allowed Oliveira to take top spot. Quartararo saw an opportunity but his failed attempt at an overtake on Miller cost him another position to Mir and Aleix Espargaro, leaving the Frenchman into the claws of compatriot Zarco and teammate Viñales. Only three tenths behind, Marquez led the pursuit from Binder and Bagnaia and the Honda man soon climbed into 7th as Viñales ran wide and lost a handful of tenths on his compatriot.

Oliveira pushed at the front and maintained a gap of half a second for the next couple of laps, with Miller, Aleix Espargaro and Mir behind. Three tenths back, Quartararo found himself under pressure from Marquez and the championship leader promptly responded and got ahead of Espargaro, leaving the Spaniards to battle for fifth. While Marquez was busy battling the elder Espargaro, the younger crashed out on lap 5.

Leader Oliveira continued to extend his advantage to a full second by lap 7, helped by a mistake by Miller which allowed Mir and Quartararo ahead. Behind them, Zarco, Aleix Espargaro and Marquez provided the entertainment but the shenanigans cost them one second on the leaders and the trio had Viñales, Binder and Bagnaia waiting to pounce.

Quartararo picked up the chase with 18 laps left and had little over one second to recover on Oliveira, hoping to replace him as the runaway leader. The gap dropped under one second just one lap later and the fight stabilised behind them, with Mir and Miller holding station and Zarco quickly catching up with them, unencumbered by Marquez who crashed out of the battle for sixth, after the most encouraging start of his season to date. The Honda man was the first victim of what would become a fairly popular turn 10, with Aleix Espargaro following his example soon after and leaving Viñales in charge of the chasing pack, two seconds behind the podium battle.

Once the crash replays stopped rolling, Oliveira had Quartararo only two tenths of a second behind and the Frenchman had 14 laps to make his move but only waited one, running a tighter line at turn 5 and sneaking ahead of the Portuguese rider to start the second half of the race in the lead. If Quartararo hoped to make his escape as the prophecy said, Oliveira had different plans and used the KTM’s extra speed to breeze past the Frenchman into turn 1 next time around. While Quartararo bided his time behind the KTM once more, Mir, Zarco and Miller were trying to bridge the gap to the two leaders. The Ducatis wearing hard rear tyres seemed to be getting quicker than the Suzuki on mediums and both got ahead of the world champion with 9 laps remaining. Speaking of world champions, Valentino Rossi was the next victim of infamous turn 10 as he crashed out of the top 13.

Back at the front, Oliveira started the final 7 laps with a half second advantage on Quartararo, while the battle for third dropped over a second back, where Zarco and Miller had a small advantage on Mir and Viñales, the Yamaha man showing good speed in the closing stages. Oliveira’s advantage grew to almost a second with 4 laps remaining and Quartararo looked unable to reduce that, partly because of his fading tyres and partly because of an odd struggle with the zipper on his leathers, which had come undone. To make matters worse, Zarco was right on his tail and the got ahead of his compatriot going into turn 1 with 3 laps remaining. Quartararo seemed to really struggle as he cut the track between turns 1 and 2 and was under attack from Miller, the Ducati man soon trading places with a nearly bare-chested Quartararo, who removed his chest protector.

While some people were looking through the rulebook to see if there were any safety matters to consider for the poleman, Zarco quickly closed in on the leading KTM on the final lap but could not find a way around and a flawless Oliveira took his first victory of the season. Zarco settled for a very familiar second, while Quartararo crossed the finish line third but got a 3-second penalty for taking the shortcut at turns 1-2 after Zarco’s overtake, which dropped him off the podium. Miller inherited third, with Mir fading to fifth in the closing laps but holding back Viñales. Bagnaia took seventh place, crossing the finish line ahead of Binder, with Franco Morbidelli and rookie Enea Bastianini completing the top 10. Alex Marquez did what his brother couldn’t and finished the race on the soft rear tyre, going from 20th on the grid to finish 11th, as the top Honda at the checkered flag.

UPDATE: Quartararo received a second post-race penalty for riding without his leather suit correctly fastened and without the required chest protector. The additional 3-second time penalty drops him to sixth place, promoting Mir and Viñales one position. 

Quartararo's freaky Sunday reduces his advantage in the world championship to 14 points from compatriot Zarco, with Miller climbing into third, 25 points back and 2 points ahead of teammate Bagnaia. Mir stays fifth, 37 points behind the leader.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 40'21.749
2 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +0.175
3 43 Jack Miller Ducati +1.990
4 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +5.325
5 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +6.281
6 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +7.815
7 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +8.175
8 33 Brad Binder KTM +8.378
9 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha +15.652
10 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +19.297
11 73 Alex Marquez Honda +21.650
12 10 Luca Marini Ducati +22.533
13 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +27.833
14 89 Jorge Martin Ducati +29.075
15 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia +40.291
Not Classified
  27 Iker Lecuona KTM 8 Laps
  46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 9 Laps
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 14 Laps
  93 Marc Marquez Honda 17 Laps
  9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 19 Laps
  44 Pol Espargaro Honda 20 Laps
Round Number: 
7
2021
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