MotoGP: Bagnaia wins in Indonesia and returns to world championship leader. Martin out


By John

Francesco Bagnaia on Ducati wins the Indonesian Grand Prix MotoGP class and returns to the top of the World Championship standings, overtaking the Spaniard Jorge Martin (Ducati Pramac), who crashed on lap 13 when he was leading the race. On the podium together with the reigning world champion are Maverick Vinales with Aprilia and Fabio Quartararo with Yamaha.

The race

With extraordinary reactivity at the start, Martin, who started from sixth place, took the lead of the race from the first corner, immediately trying to pull ahead of his rivals. Bagnaia also had a good start, gaining ten positions in a couple of laps, even climbing up to third place, chasing Vinales and Martin, with the aim of not losing any more points with a view to the World Championship.

The real twist comes exactly halfway through the race, when the Spaniard from Ducati Pramac, apparently in total control and with about three seconds ahead of his compatriot’s Aprilia, loses the front and goes to the ground, throwing another masterpiece to the winds. So first place momentarily slips into the hands of Vinales, but behind him there is Bagnaia who, sensing the scent of a tempting opportunity, goes on the hunt, recovering more than a second.

The decisive overtaking came seven laps from the checkered flag, with the Italian taking his rival’s paint off and forcefully taking the lead. In the final, however, Vinales, followed by a wild Quartararo, tries to get closer but fails to achieve success.