MOTOGP: Pecco Bagnaia Wins The Gran Premio D’Italia Oakley Gran Prix.

Published on May 29, 2022
By Dawn Hammersley

Pecco Bagnaia Takes The Home Win At Mugello, Taking His second Victory Of The 2022 Season.

For the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello the weather at the Florence circuit was dry after yesterday’s mixed weather conditions. It was an all-Italian front row, with Fabio Di Giannantonio on his first ever MotoGP pole position, Mooney VR46 Racing Team’s Marco Bezzecchi was in second place with his team-mate Luca Marini in third place. There was a very mixed tyre choice throughout the grid.

As the lights went out, Fabio Di Giannantonio lead the pack of riders into turn one, Marini took lead from Fabio two turns later. Marco Bezzecchi then took second place from his compatriot.

Bezzecchi took the lead on the start finish straight, Fabio Quartararo was up-to third place. Pecco Bagnaia came through on Aleix Espargaro for fifth place, his team-mate Jack Miller was down in 19th place.

Quartararo slipped underneath Marini for second place on the third lap of the race, the Frenchman had definitely found some race pace. Marco had a 0.700s second gap at the front. Pol Esparagaro crashed out at Turn 9.

Pecco shot in to second place on lap five just 0.416s behind the race leader Bezzecchi. Aleix and Fabio Di Giannantonio were battling for fifth place. Marc Marquez was down in 11th place. Suzuki’s Joan Mir crashed out at Turn one on lap seven. Alex Rins also crashed out at turn 12, both Suzuki riders out of the Italian Grand Prix!

With 15 laps to go Pecco took the lead from Marco, the leading group of five riders made a break from the rest of the field. Aleix was catching Marini for fourth place, Aleix’s team-mate Vinales was down in 16th place.

Quartararo slipped underneath Marco for second place with 13 laps to go, Marini saw an opening and took third place from his team-mate. Pecco now had a 0.890s lead from Fabio. Enea Bastianini had caught the leading group and was in sixth place. Marco re-took third place from Marini with 11 laps to go.

Bastianini crashed out at turn four, the Italian lost the front end. Aleix made a clean move on Marini for fourth place with nine laps to go, Pecco extended his lead at the front of the field. Johann Zarco took fifth position from Marini. Aleix took the third place podium finishing position from Marco with just six laps remaining.

Pecco Bagnaia crossed the finish line taking the victory in front of his Italian fans, his second victory of the 2022 season so far, Fabio was second; a great result for the French man who had been slightly off the pace all weekend, Aleix finished in third place in what was his fifth podium finish of the season so far.

MotoGP Race Result

Fabio Quartararo Leads the championship on 122 points, Aleix Espargaro is in second place on 114 points, Enea bastianini is in third place on 94 points.

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