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Misano Adriatico (Italy) (AFP)
Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia claimed his second consecutive victory in the MotoGP category this year by taking first place at home in the San Marino Prix at Misano, the host circuit of the 14th round of the MotoGP World Championship, on Sunday.
Banaya, the runner-up in the riders’ standings, led the year’s leader by 48 points, with French rider Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) by 48 points, while another Italian, Enia Bastianini (Ducati-Aventia) came third on his first ascent to the podium in the Queen class.
Panaya followed the first absolute in his career in the Grand Class “Moto GB” last week at the Aragon circuit, with the last in a row, to impose himself at the age of 24 years, the main competitor of Quartararo, who is desperate for his first world title at the age of 22 years.
Banaya started from pole position after setting the fastest time in practice, but faced the threat of Quartararo, who started from third, in the last laps.
The Ducati rider resisted the French’s attempts to maintain a narrow difference of 0.364 seconds, depriving the Yamaha rider of his sixth victory this year.
“It was very difficult when I watched Fabio come back in the last 10 laps, but I did my best,” Banaya said.
Although the difference between him and his rival in the riders’ standings is still great, Quartararo found in the person of Banaya a heavy-caliber contender and the only one capable of fighting him for the title 4 rounds before the end, as the Spanish title holder Joan Mir (Suzuki), who finished sixth In San Marino, he is trailing by 67 points, while the other Frenchman, Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac), 12th in today’s race, is 93 points clear.
Quartararo explained what happened to him, saying, “It was very difficult, and I lost a lot of time in the beginning. I did my best and wanted to win.”
“But[Pico]was stronger, and I have to congratulate him. Anyway, we did our best and we’re still 48 points ahead, so keep calm.”
Spaniard Marc Marques (Honda) and Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Italian “Professor” Valentino Rossi, on his home ground and in front of a certain number of fans of 23,000 due to the repercussions of the Corona virus, ranked 17th, knowing that the cycling legend had announced earlier his retirement at the end of this year at the age of 42.
The top five standings in MotoGP:
1- Italy’s Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) 41:48.305 minutes
2- Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), 0.364 seconds behind
3- The Italian Enea Bastianini, with a difference of 4.789 seconds.
4- Spaniard Marc Marques (Honda) with a difference of 10.245 seconds.
5- Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) with a difference of 10.469 seconds.
MotoGP World Championship standings:
1 – France’s Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) 234 points
2- Italy’s Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) 186
3- Spain’s Juan Mir (Suzuki) 167
4- Frenchman Yuan Zarco (Ducati) 141
5- Australian Jack Miller (Ducati) 140
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