In another double weekend for Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), the brand from Borgo Panigale once again showed the full force of its MotoGPwith several Desmosedici also occupying the first places in the race of this Italian Grand Prix which, for the Portuguese colors, ended in the worst possible way since Miguel Oliveira was forced to retire after a fall.
For the Portuguese CryptoData RNF Aprilia rider, the Mugello race was even, like the MotoGP Sprint on Saturday, rather positive, the #88 climbing several positions during the first laps of the Italian GP race in MotoGP which had 23 laps to complete.
On the third lap, Miguel Oliveira and his Aprilia RS-GP 22 were running 15th and therefore aiming to add points, the Portuguese managing to move up to 13th when we were on the 6th lap of this Sunday’s race.
In the midst of more or less intense battles, Miguel Oliveira kept this position until at the start of the 11th lap, the Portuguese from Aprilia’s satellite team in MotoGP could not avoid a crash. Unfortunately, little is known about what happened and what led to this fall, because, like the fall of Alex Rins in the MotoGP Sprint, which left the Spaniard seriously injured in the right legthe TV show did not provide any type of rehearsal.
When TV cameras captured Miguel Oliveira at the crash site, the Portuguese was already on his feet and, apparently, without major injuries. He finished his Italian GP race there, and left Mugello without adding points, whereas he was, both in the short race and today in the long race, in a position that would allow him to score points after a long absence due to injury.
It is all the same a weekend that we can consider in a certain way as positive for Miguel Oliveira, who now has a week off before returning to compete in the German Grand Prix on the circuit of Sachsenring.
As for the discussion for the first places, the truth is that Francesco Bagnaia, who had won the MotoGP Sprint on Saturday, returned to dominate this Sunday’s race in imperial fashion, and took another victory in this MotoGP 2023 season, reinforcing his leadership of the championship, also benefiting from a less positive result than his nearest rival, Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46).
Bagnaia still came under some initial pressure, first from Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Factory), with the Aussie even reaching the lead under corner one braking, but losing that position to the defending champion shortly. after, and after Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Ducati).
Moreover, only the Madrid driver was able to keep pace with Bagnaia. But Martin, who chose to compete in this Italian Grand Prix with his bike equipped with a soft rubber rear tire – Bagnaia opted for a medium rubber – could not tell the difference during the life of the Michelin tire. , and for more than half of the Italian race let Francesco Bagnaia run away at the front of the race for another quiet victory.
Without fail, Bagnaia crossed the finish line first, followed by Jorge Martin, with the final podium completed by the presence of Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Ducati), who after seeing Alex Márquez (Gresini Racing) fall and then retire he was third, and after managing to beat Luca Marini (Mooney VR46) in the fight for the podium, he secured Paolo Campinoti’s team another podium with both Pramac bikes in the spotlight.
MotoGP Italian Grand Prix – race results
1 – Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team)
2 – Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Ducati)
3 – Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Ducati)
4 – Luca Marini (Mooney VR46)
5 – Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory)
6 – Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing)
7 – Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM factory)
8 – Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46)
9 – Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo team)
10 – Franco Morbidelli (Monster Energy Yamaha)
MotoGP – classification after the Italian Grand Prix
1 – Francesco Bagnaia – 131 points
2 – Marco Bezzecchi – 110 points
3 – Jorge Martin – 107 points
16 – Miguel Oliveira – 21 points
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