MotoGP™: Maiden MotoGPTM win for Bagnaia and Michelin’s 460th!
The Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragón (Round 13 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship) saw Lenovo Ducati Team’s Francesco Bagnaia collect the first win of his c...
Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) scored his second victory in as many weekends by winning the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Round 14 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Italian was joined on the podium by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and rookie Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama), while the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to new track-lap, race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Misano.
After collecting his first premier class win last Sunday at Aragon, Spain, Bagnaia succeeded in making it two in a row at Misano.
The Ducati rider got away to a flying start from pole position and, aided by the outstanding warm-up performance of his hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, soon pulled out a gap over his pursuers. With a third of the 27-lap race completed, the margin stood at 2.5 seconds.
Meanwhile, Quartararo took advantage of the grip and consistency of his hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear to find a way past Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) into second spot on Lap 14.
The championship leader went on to establish contact with the day’s eventual winner in the closing laps, but Bagnaia
Third place went to the surprising Bastianini who posted the best result of his fledgling MotoGP
The day’s top six was rounded out by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Miller and Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR).
The complete MICHELIN Power Slick and Rain range was used in Misano where Michelin contributed to new track-lap (1m31.065s/Bagnaia), race-lap and shortest race-duration records. Four of the six available slicks were chosen for the grand prix, with two different combinations finishing in the top-three to provide yet another example of the range’s versatility.
Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings on 234 points, 48 and 67 points clear of Bagnaia and Mir with four rounds remaining.
The program also included the last two rounds of the 2021 FIM Enel MotoE
Next round: Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Austin, Texas, USA (October 1-3).