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MotoGP in Misano


04.09.2022
The Grand Prix of San Marino and Riviera di Rimini, which took place this afternoon at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, ended with another thrilling victory for Pecco Bagnaia, who takes his tenth win in MotoGP and sixth this season. For the Italian rider, it was also his fourth consecutive victory this year, an achievement that puts him rightfully in the history of Ducati, being the first rider from the Bologna-based manufacturer to achieve this in MotoGP.

Starting from fifth on the grid, Bagnaia made an excellent start that allowed him to be at the front before moving into the lead after two laps, closely marked by Maverick Viñales. Towards the middle of the race, the Spaniard was overtaken by Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing), who quickly reduced the gap to Bagnaia to cross the line just 34 thousandths behind the fellow Ducati rider. Thanks to today's victory, Pecco climbs to second place in the overall standings, 30 points behind Quartararo.

It was an unlucky race instead for teammate Jack Miller. The Australian rider, starting from pole, had managed to hold the lead after the start, but on the second lap, he suffered a crash. Miller still managed to rejoin and finish the race in eighteenth place. After the fourteenth round of the season, Jack is sixth in the overall standings, while Ducati and the Ducati Lenovo Team maintain the lead in both the Constructors' and Teams' Championships.

Francesco Bagnaia (#63 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 1st
"Today was a really tough race. In the first few laps, I didn't have any grip at the front or the rear, and I was afraid to push: I could feel Maverick very close, and I could only brake hard to try to put him in trouble and avoid him overtaking me. When the weight in the tank dropped, the grip improved, and I could pick up the pace and push to the end. We are now 30 points behind Quartararo, but the fight for the Championship remains tough, and we can't afford any mistakes. We have to stay focused and think race by race."

Jack Miller (#43 Ducati Lenovo Team) - 18th
"After I managed to take the lead, I started to push to try and create some margin over the rest of the group, but on the second lap, I went a little wide, ended up on the kerb and crashed. It's a shame, but these things happen in racing. I try to look at the positive side of this weekend: we were always competitive, and my feeling with the bike continues to be incredible, so I can't wait to get back on track at Aragon to try again."

Luigi Dall'Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)
"Once again, Pecco was the author of a beautiful race: he was able to hold his rivals off and not make any mistakes, taking his fourth consecutive victory with Ducati in MotoGP, a result that no other rider had been able to achieve so far. Enea was also excellent, finishing very close to Pecco, and once again, it is nice to see our bikes first and second on the podium. I am very sorry for Jack, who could have done just as well today, but I am sure he will be able to make up for it in the next races, given the excellent form he is currently in. I want to thank all the Ducati Corse guys and girls who made this result possible, especially the Ducatisti who came out to cheer us on at Misano."

The Ducati Lenovo Team riders will remain in Misano for two days of official post-race testing on Tuesday and Wednesday before returning to action for the fifteenth round of the 2022 season, the Grand Prix of Aragón, at the MotorLand Aragon in Alcañiz (Spain) from 16th-18th September.


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Race results

Pos.Nr.DriverTeamBikeTime
1 63 F. Bagnaia 41:43.1990
2 23 E. Bastianini +0.034
3 12 M. Viñales +4.212
4 10 L. Marini +5.283
5 20 F. Quartararo +5.771
6 41 A. Espargaro +10.230
7 42 A. Rins +12.496
8 33 B. Binder +14.661
9 89 J. Martin +17.732
10 73 A. Marquez +21.986
11 88 M. Oliveira +23.685
12 4 A. Dovizioso +29.276
13 25 R. Fernandez +30.433
14 6 S. Bradl +31.768
15 30 T. Nakagami +32.547
16 40 D. Binder +41.857
17 72 M. Bezzecchi +50.559
18 43 J. Miller +53.371
19 87 R. Gardner +56.613
20 49 F. Di Giannantonio +57.304
21 92 K. Watanabe Kazuki +0.000
23 44 P. Espargaro +0.000
24 5 J. Zarco +0.000
25 51 M. Pirro Aruba.it Racing +0.000
DNF 21 F. Morbidelli
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