Bastianini wins again on former MotoGP Ducati, Marquez stars

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.

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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.

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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 ).

Race results

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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