Ducati factory rider Francesco Bagnaia was classified as the winner at the Algarve Grand Prix. The Italian was leading the race when race management made the decision to abandon the Grand Prix two laps before the end of the race. This was preceded by a collision between KTM drivers Iker Lecuona and Miguel Oliveira. Lecuona misjudged himself and catapulted local hero Oliveira out of the race.
Joan Mir (Suzuki) and Jack Miller (Ducati) completed the podium at the Algarve Grand Prix. World champion Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) dropped out due to a fall.
Ducati secures manufacturers’ world championship
Thanks to Bagnaia’s victory, Ducati celebrated the Manufacturers’ Championship one race before the end of the season. “I’m really happy!” Said Bagnaia happily. “That was once again an excellent job for us. For me personally, it was perhaps the best MotoGP weekend ever. I really enjoyed the race.”
“I’m glad that nobody was harmed in the late crash,” said Bagnaia, relieved. “We won the manufacturers ‘title, which is very important to us. Now we also want to win the team title. And as far as I know, I now have second place in the drivers’ standings. So it was a really good weekend for us all round . “
Joan Mir had figured out more
Former champion Joan Mir lost touch with Francesco Bagnaia early on and drove a lonely race. “For this race we had a good package to be at the front. The front row was an important starting position. I thought I could be a bit stronger in the race to maybe take on ‘Pecco’, but it was easy stronger, “commented the Spaniard.
“So we have to keep working,” said Joan Mir, commenting on an incident that took place outside the paddock on Saturday evening: “I would like to say something about yesterday’s traffic accident. Lucio, a journalist, is in the hospital. My thoughts are with Lucio and the family of the unfortunate policeman. “
Jack Miller prevails against Álex Márquez
Ducati factory rider Jack Miller made it onto the podium in Portimao after beating Honda rider Álex Márquez. “I tried to manage the rear tire. I had a few problems towards the middle of the race,” said the Australian.
“Towards the end I attacked again, passed Alex Marquez and was able to build a small gap. But then I lost the grip on the rear tire. I wanted to manage the last two laps. It’s a shame that it was canceled. I hope that everyone is fine, because that’s the most important thing, “says Jack Miller.
Not a perfect start for Francesco Bagnaia
Francesco Bagnaia started the race from pole and shared the front row with Ducati team-mate Jack Miller and ex-champion Joan Mir. Honda replacement driver Stefan Bradl started the race from position 20 on the grid from row seven.
When it came to choosing the front tire, the 22 MotoGP riders agreed and opted for the medium option. At the rear, ten drivers opted for the medium rear tire and twelve drivers for the hard rear tire. Francesco Bagnaia and Fabio Quartararo chose the medium rear tire.
Jack Miller got away the best at the start, but Francesco Bagnaia already passed after Turn 1. Joan Mir braked past Jack Miller on the first lap and took over second position. For Tech 3 KTM rider Danilo Petrucci, the race ended prematurely after a fall at Turn 4.
Francesco Bagnaia and Joan Mir set themselves apart from the rest of the field. Jack Miller led the chase group, which also included Jorge Martin, Alex Marquez and Fabio Quartararo. Francesco Bagnaia was in control of the race at the front. Joan Mir struggled to follow the number 63 Ducati.
Aprilia knocked off: Maverick Vinales last, Aleix Espargaro falls
Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro was the second casualty of the race. The Spaniard lost control of his Aprilia RS-GP after seven laps in Turn 1 and was thus out of the race.
For Aprilia, the race went anything but as expected. After the start of the race, Maverick Vinales was in last position behind Petronas Yamaha rider Andrea Dovizioso and was far from the points in 20th place. Francesco Bagnaia controls the race, Fabio Quartararo crashes After ten laps, Francesco Bagnaia was one second ahead. Joan Mir did his laps in position two. Shortly before half-time, Jack Miller lost third position to LCR Honda driver Alex Marquez. Fabio Quartararo experienced a moment of shock while chasing Jorge Martin in turn 13. The Frenchman lost one position to compatriot Johann Zarco and slipped to seventh position.
Francesco Bagnaia’s lead grew to over two seconds. Joan Mir couldn’t follow the Italian. Alex Marquez held his own in third place, but Jack Miller put pressure on. There was a three-way battle for fifth place between Jorge Martin, Johann Zarco and Fabio Quartararo.
Fabio Quartararo said goodbye to the race after 20 laps with a fall. In turn 5, the Frenchman slipped over the front wheel into the run-off zone. The crash had no consequences for the drivers’ standings, but the failure was not without consequences for Yamaha, as valuable points were lost in both the manufacturers’ and the teams’ standings. Ducati was able to secure the title in the manufacturers’ world championship prematurely in Portimao.
Iker Lecuona clears KTM colleague Miguel Oliveira
The positions at the top were taken. Francesco Bagnaia drove towards a safe victory when the race was abandoned two laps before the end. This was preceded by a fall by KTM rider Miguel Oliveira. The Portuguese was shot down by KTM brand colleague Iker Lecuona. Since Oliveira had to be treated in the run-off zone, the race management made the decision to abandon the race.
Suzuki driver Joan Mir was classified second. Jack Miller won the duel against Alex Marquez and climbed onto the podium in third place. With fourth place, Alex Marquez secured the best result of the current season so far. Pramac driver Johann Zarco completed the top 5.
Sixth place went to Honda works driver Pol Espargaro. Jorge Martin lost a few positions in the final third of the race and was classified seventh. Alex Rins (Suzuki), Enea Bastianini (Esponsorama-Ducati) and Brad Binder (KTM) completed the top 10. LCR driver Takaaki Nakagami just missed the top 10 in eleventh place.
Valentino Rossi as 13th best Yamaha rider
Valentino Rossi finished the race behind half-brother Luca Marini (Esponsorama-Ducati) in 13th and was the best Yamaha rider. Petronas team-mate Andrea Dovizioso was ranked 14th. Stefan Bradl slipped into the top 15 due to the collision between Lecuona and Oliveira and conceded a championship point.
Maverick Vinales (Aprilia) and Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) were classified in positions 16 and 17 outside of the points.
The MotoGP 2021 season finale will take place in Valencia next weekend.