MotoGP: Home success for Italy's Bagnaia, plus more records for Michelin
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MotoGP: Home success for Italy's Bagnaia, plus more records for Michelin


Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) won Saturday's sprint and Sunday's grand prix at the Gran Premio d’Italia Brembo (Round 7 of the 2024 MotoGPTM World Championship) at Mugello. The MICHELIN Power Slick proved a worthy match for the season's most challenging circuit, contributing to new track, race-lap and shortest-race duration records for the venue.


- Bagnaia came second in qualifying but was relegated to fifth on the grid after hindering Alex Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGPTM) in the session.

- Running a combination of medium and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the Italian got away to the best start at lights-out on Sunday. His clockwork consistency over the race's 23 laps was ultimately rewarded by the fastest race lap (Lap 5, 1m45.770s) and victory by a margin of eight-tenths of a second over Ducati Lenovo Team team-mate Enea Bastianini. He completed the distance in a time of 40m51.385s, beating the previous duration reference by 25 seconds.

- Bastianini clinched a famous second place when he passed Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) on the last lap. Buoyed by the Italian crowd, and aided by the longevity of his MICHELIN Power tires, he produced a late charge that also saw him pass Marc Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGPTM) in the penultimate lap.

- Martin (3rd) claimed pole-position with a new lap record for Mugello (1m45.770s.

- Marc Marquez and Pedro Acosta (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3) rounded out Sunday's top-five after coming second and third respectively in the previous day's sprint behind Bagnaia.

- The MICHELIN Power Slick range produced another strong performance, providing the riders with the consistency, grip and confidence to push they needed for what is often described as the most technically-challenging circuit of the championship.

- The existing track-lap record was bettered in Q1, and then again by several riders during Q2. For Sunday's race, all the riders combined the medium front with the soft rear, with the exception of Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) who chose the medium rear. The previous race lap record was beaten by no fewer than 12 riders, and as many as 15 improved on the race-duration benchmark, with winner Bagnaia shaving 25 seconds off the reference time.

- Martin continues to top the provisional championship standings on 171 points. Bagnaia has closed to with 18 points, however, while Marquez is third (+35 points.

- Mugello also hosted Rounds 7 and 8 of the 2024 ENEL MotoETM World Championship for which Michelin has developed specific MICHELIN Power Slicks that contain 50 percent renewable/recycled raw materials (average per set). The two races were won by Kevin Zannoni (Openbank Aspar Team) and Mattia Casadei (LCR E-Team).

- Next round: Motul TT Assen, Assen, Netherlands (June 28-30).