Moto GP: Bagnaia starts again with a victory. His Ducati dominates in Qatar


By John

In the clear sky of Qatar the only cloud that stands out over the Lusail circuit is the “Red” one by Francesco Pecco Bagnaia. The reigning world champion wins the first MotoGP race of the season aboard his Ducati Factory, immediately responding to his friend and rival Jorge Martin (Ducati Pramac), winner of the Sprint Race and on the lowest step of the podium in the race. He repeats the second place from 24 hours earlier, however, a great Brad Binder with the KTM. Fourth was Marc Marquez with the Ducati Gresini, followed by the other red of Enea Bastianini. The only other Italian to finish in the top ten is Fabio Di Giannantonio, seventh on the Ducati VR46. As had happened in the Sprint, Martin started very well and held first position, but after a few corners he was overtaken by an extraordinary Pecco Bagnaia, who immediately jumped into the lead after starting from fifth place. The Spaniard is then also passed by Binder, with the two starting a nice duel followed by the Marquez brothers' pair of Ducati Gresinis. The rookie Acosta also enters the fight for the podium, truly surprising on his KTM GasGas. Bastianini and Di Gannantonio are the other two only Italians in the top 10 after half the race, chasing their rivals from seventh and eighth place respectively.
In the meantime, the reigning world champion is trying to create a bit of a gap up front by taking his lead beyond one second, maintaining a frenetic pace with his Rossa di Borgo Panigale, while Acosta, after a fabulous first part of the race, loses pace and several positions, relegating to ninth place. The end of the race was pure management for Bagnaia, who was never seriously put in danger by his rivals.