Gresini Ducati rider Enea Bastianini reclaimed the MotoGP championship lead by winning at the Circuit of the Americas, as returning Marc Marquez dazzled as he charged from the back of the pack to sixth place.
Honda’s six-time MotoGP champion Marquez, who recovered from his latest bout of double vision just in time to race on the American track, where he had lost only once in his career before this Sunday, n failed to start properly at the start, dropping from ninth to last on the line as a result.
Still, he was 18th after the first lap, made that 16th a lap later and charged into the top 10 at the expense of factory teammate Pol Espargaro on lap six. His progression continued from there, and he ended up defeating defending champion Fabio Quartararo in a heated battle late in the race to clinch sixth place.
At the start, Jack Miller beat pole sitter Jorge Martin as Ducati’s stranglehold on the race was maintained from the start – with Quartararo briefly disrupting the 1-2-3-4-5 by passing compatriot Johann Zarco, before relenting quickly make way for Zarco.
Martin briefly regained the lead on the penultimate corner of lap one, but Miller was back a corner later, with the pair then spending the next few laps in tandem in front.
With the peloton not spreading out much, the leading Ducati group was again pierced on lap six – this time by Alex Rins, who after taking care of Quartararo’s Yamaha passed Francesco Bagnaia before heading into a long duel with Zarco, in which he finally won at turn 12 on lap eight.
Suzuki rider Rins then ran into third-placed Bastianini in no time, attempting a pair of lunges at Turn 11 that never came to fruition – before Bastianini himself managed to dive inside Martin at the turn 1.
Rins dispatched Martin a few turns later, but by then the pair had almost a second to catch Miller, who had slowly but steadily built a gap in front.
But while Rins was unable to keep pace with Miller up front, Bastianini was quite capable – and, after holding the gap steady for a while after obliterating Martin, he then suddenly started making huge inroads. with seven laps to go.
On lap 16 of 20, Bastianini passed Miller on the back straight, before putting half a second between him and the factory Ducati on the next two sectors.
His lead rose to two seconds in time for the checkered flag as Miller fell back into the clutches of Rins.
The Suzuki rider moved through Turn 11 on the final lap, but Miller backed off on the backstretch – only for Rins to finally claim the spot for good on the penultimate corner of the race.
Joan Mir placed two Suzukis in the top four, having also fought their way through the herd of Ducatis, while Bagnaia completed the top five, finishing just ahead of the Marquez – Quartararo duel.
Pramac Martin and Zarco duo had to settle for eighth and ninth, with Zarco finishing just ahead of Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales – who prevailed in a multi-lap battle against teammate Aleix Espargaro and Brad Binder, the only scorer in points for KTM.
While the Moto2 race that preceded the premier class had been a real crashfest, only two riders fell during the MotoGP event – they were rookie Marco Bezzecchi (VR46 Ducati) and Alex Marquez (LCR Honda ).
|Pos||name||Team||Bicycle||Towers||Driven rounds||Total time||fastest lap||Pit stops||Points|
|1||Enea Bastianini||Gresini Racing Moto GP||Ducati||20||5||41m23.111s||2m03.521s||0||25|
|2||Alex Rins||The SUZUKI ECSTAR team||Suzuki||20||0||+2.058s||2m03.932s||0||20|
|3||Jack Miller||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||20||15||+2.312s||2m03.674s||0||16|
|4||Joan Mir||The SUZUKI ECSTAR team||Suzuki||20||0||+3.975s||2m03.799s||0||13|
|5||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||20||0||+6.045s||2m03.87s||0||11|
|6||Mark Marquez||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||20||0||+6.617s||2m03.553s||0||ten|
|7||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||20||0||+6.76s||2m04.037s||0||9|
|8||jorge martin||Pramac Racing||Ducati||20||0||+8.441s||2m04.103s||0||8|
|9||John Zarco||Pramac Racing||Ducati||20||0||+12.375s||2m03.895s||0||7|
|ten||Maverick Vinales||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||20||0||+12.642s||2m03.57s||0||6|
|11||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||20||0||+12.947s||2m04.306s||0||5|
|12||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM Factory Race||KTM||20||0||+13.376s||2m04.305s||0||4|
|13||Pol Espargaro||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||20||0||+17.961s||2m04.508s||0||3|
|14||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda IDEMITSU||Honda||20||0||+18.77s||2m04.59s||0||2|
|15||Andrea Dovizioso||With U Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||20||0||+29.319s||2m04.802s||0||1|
|16||Franco Morbidelli||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||20||0||+29.129s||2m04.723s||0||0|
|17||Luca Marini||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||20||0||+29.63s||2m04.694s||0||0|
|18||Miguel Oliveira||Red Bull KTM Factory Race||KTM||20||0||+32.002s||2m04.747s||0||0|
|19||Raul Fernandez||Tech3 KTM Factory Race||KTM||20||0||+37.062s||2m04.621s||0||0|
|20||Remy Gardner||Tech3 KTM Factory Race||KTM||20||0||+42.442s||2m05.18s||0||0|
|21||Fabio Di Giannantonio||Gresini Racing Moto GP||Ducati||20||0||+42.887s||2m05.15s||0||0|
|22||Darryn Binder||With U Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team||Yamaha||20||0||+1m42.171s||2m04.777s||0||0|
|Alex Marquez||LCR Honda Castrol||Honda||5||0||DNF||2m04.558s||0||0|
|Marco Bezzecchi||Mooney VR46 Racing Team||Ducati||2||0||DNF||2m39.542s||0||0|
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