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Pecco Bagnaia has not given anyone a choice in the Algarve Grand Prix. The Italian rider started from pole and dominated the entire race at will, suffering only in the opening bars with Joan Mir, who made an extra effort to follow him but had to settle for second place, equaling the best result of the year..
The race had to finish two laps early for a fall of Iker Lecuona and Miguel Oliveira that has forced to raise the red flag. A serious error by the Tech3 rider in his penultimate race in MotoGP. Who completes the podium is Jack Miller, depriving an Álex Márquez who could not try.
Álex Márquez has remained at the gates of the podium for a red flag
At the start Jack Miller managed to pass Pecco Bagnaia, but the Italian recovered quickly. Good start from Joan Mir, who held position and was able to overtake Miller before finishing the first round. Fabio Quartararo stayed where he was and Danilo Petrucci crashed into the first corner.
A rather aggressive overtaking by Iker Lecuona sent the two Espargaró brothers off the track, especially serious for Aprilia, who dropped many places. Mir was hooking Bagnaia, ready to stop the Ducati from leaving In solitary. Miller was already starting to get off the hook, with Álex Márquez very well, fifth.
Márquez and Jorge Martín had a split-arm duel that kept Quartararo retained right behind, even though he was coming at a fast lap pace. Recto de Lecuona, which was losing quite a few positions. Bagnaia was starting to slip away from Mir a little, with a difference between half a second and eight tenths.
Fall of Aleix Espargaró, completing a rather disastrous weekend. Álex Márquez, with a harder tire, had been progressing at a high pace. He surpassed Miller and he was going for a Joan Mir who had already lost the wheel of Bagnaia. Behind, Quartararo remained stuck behind Jorge Martín.
The champion was beginning to despair, being about to fall in a curve, which Johann Zarco took advantage of to overtake him as well. The Frenchman was very stuck and the race totally stabilized. The greatest interest was in the back area, where Valentino Rossi fought to get a point.
Márquez gave up some ground with a Mir who seemed to be making a comeback, at least in terms of race pace. Quartararo finally surpassed ZarcoSo now she had to go after Martin. Miller was once again very close to Márquez and struck him down for sheer top speed on the straight, although the Honda recovered in the corner.
And then it came Quartararo's mistake. The champion was going to the ground, his first retirement of the season. The brand title was sentenced for Ducati, even more so when Miller once again overtook Márquez and this time he did consolidate the position. And then came the fall between Miguel Oliveira and Lecuona. Red flag.
Victory for Pecco Bagnaia, the third of the season that ensures him to be runner-up the world of pilots and also sentenced the world of brands for Ducati. Second place for Joan Mir, his best result of the season, and Jack Miller completes the podium. Oliveira had to go on a stretcher after a horrible maneuver by Lecuona.