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Dutch MotoGP: Bagnaia triumphs as Quartararo crashes out | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

The tables turned on the Dutch GP as Bagnaia emerged victorious and Quartararo’s title lead was slashed drastically.

Francesco Bagnaia returned to profitable methods at Assen, bringing himself again into world championship rivalry. Mooney VR 46 Racing rider and MotoGP rookie Marco Bezzecchi took his first premier-class podium by ending second, whereas Maverick Vinales completed third and took his first podium in Aprilia Racing colors. 

  • Quartararo crashes twice
  • Bezzecchi takes a maiden MotoGP podium
  • Aleix Espargaro overcomes all odds to complete 4th

Ducati riders take 1-2 end

Bagnaia, who was in pole place, took the lead firstly of the race and stayed there unperturbed for everything of it. Bezzecchi, who began the race from fourth on the grid, initially dropped to fifth after being overtaken by Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin. Nevertheless, he didn’t keep there for lengthy, overtaking everybody however Bagnaia in entrance of him to comfortably clinch second place on his year-old Ducati GP21.

Quartararo handed a lap-long penalty for subsequent race  

Reigning World Champion Fabio Quartararo was engaged in a tense battle for third place with, arguably, the largest menace to his title aspirations this 12 months – Aprilia Racing rider Aleix Espargaro. On the Strubben nook on Lap 8, Quartararo lunged towards the within of Espargaro, colliding with him and subsequently crashing out. This manoeuvre, in flip, pushed the Aprilia Racing rider out into the gravel lure, dropping him right down to 15th place when he rejoined the monitor.

Quartararo wasn’t but out of the race, although. He bought again up and after a go to to the pits, he continued lapping (despite the fact that he was two laps down in comparison with the others), till a nasty excessive aspect put an finish to any hope of him ending, not to mention scoring factors.

This incident, reviewed by the stewards’ panel, has handed him a long-lap penalty on the subsequent race in Silverstone.

Aleix Espargaro makes a spectacular comeback

When title contender Espargaro rejoined the race, he discovered himself in 15th place, a distant 12 locations down in comparison with his earlier place. What adopted from this second onward was a cost by way of the pack forward. Claiming victims lap after lap, Espargaro reeled in a complete of 11 riders after rejoining, two of them on the penultimate nook.

The ultimate lap of the race discovered Aleix in sixth place, behind the tussling duo of KTM’s Sunday man Brad Binder and Ducati’s Jack Miller. On the ‘Geert Timmer’ chicane, whereas Binder was lining up a transfer on Miller, Aleix lined up a transfer on them each and overtook them to complete fourth, simply 2.6sec behind race-winner Bagnaia.

Yamaha comes dwelling empty-handed

Quartararo wasn’t the one Yamaha rider to crash out. Teammate Franco Morbidelli, who’s been having a nightmare of a season up to now, crashed out on the similar nook as nicely. MotoGP rookie and RNF Yamaha rider, Darryn Binder, additionally discovered himself within the gravel lure. The one Yamaha machine to complete the race on the monitor generally known as the ‘Cathedral of Velocity’ was Andrea Dovizioso’s RNF Yamaha; albeit it was a luckless 16th-place end with no factors awarded.

2022 MotoGP Championship Standings

Quartararo got here into this race with a 34-point lead over his nearest rival. However as he crashed out in spectacular style and Aleix overcame all odds to complete fourth, that lead has shrunk right down to 21 factors.

2022 Dutch MotoGP outcomes

2022 Dutch MotoGP outcomes
Pos Rider Staff
1 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati
2 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Racing
3 Maverick Vinales Aprilia
4 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia
5 Brad Binder Purple Bull KTM
6 Jack Miller Ducati
7 Jorge Martin Pramac Racing
8 Joan Mir Suzuki
9 Miguel Oliveira Purple Bull KTM
10 Alex Rins Suzuki
11 Enea Bastianini Gresini Racing
12 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda
13 Johann Zarco Pramac Racing
14 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Racing
15 Alex Marquez LCR Honda
16 Andrea Dovizioso RNF Yamaha
17 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Racing
18 Stefan Bradl Repsol Honda
19 Remy Gardner Tech3 KTM
20 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia
NC Raul Fernandez Tech3 KTM
NC Fabio Quartararo Yamaha
NC Darryn Binder RNF Yamaha
NC Franco Morbidelli Yamaha

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