MotoGP: Perfect Pecco at Mugello as Bagnaia Dominates the Italian Grand Prix

Published on June 11, 2023
By Jack Hammersley

Francseco Bagnaia dominated from lights to flag and extends his lead in the championship

The weather was better for the Grand Prix than the sprint race at Mugello. Francesco Bagnaia was on pole for his home GP ahead of Marc Marquez and Luca Marini, Jack Miller and Jorge Martin rounded out the top five with Alex Marquez dropping to sixth after a three-place grid penalty from Le Mans. Alex Rins was not racing due to breaking his tibia and fibula in the sprint race.

The lights went out and it was Jack Miller who took the holeshot at turn one having a fantastic launch from fourth place. Pecco Bagnaia instantly retook the lead at turn three, Marini tried to attack Miller and Casanova Savelli like his brother Valentino Rossi has, but he couldn’t get it done and Martin took third place.

Martin used the slipstream to pass Miller down the home straight. Pecco had a 0.5 second gap after lap one. Marini was again trying to pass Miller but the Australian was braking very late to stay in front.

Alex Marquez dived up the inside of Marc, Luca and Miller at turn one and it allowed Marini to move into third with Marc into fourth, Miller who wasn’t happy with the move was fifth with Brad Binder in sixth and Alex Marquez in seventh.

Pecco has asserted a rapid pace at the start with Martin the only rider able to stay with him, Marinin was 1.4 seconds behind Martin. Zarco was starting to make his way through the pack, passing Binder at turn one and then Miller the following lap.

Marini had the two Marquez brothers right behind him as they had a one second gap over Zarco. Luca Marini went a bit hot into the last corner and Marc followed him and went wider and lost the front end of the Honda and was out of the race! His third DNF in a Grand Prix.

Marco Bezzecchi was not running as well as expected, battling with Miller and Aleix Espargaro for seventh place.

Alex Marquez took two attempts to pass Marinin at turn one, he couldn’t quite pull away from Marini and the Italian was applying a lot of pressure. On lap 15 he ran a bit wide through turn one then lost the front at turn two! A disaster for Alex after such as strong weekend.

Marini was now being pressured by Zarco, the Frenchman was trying to line up a pass into turn one but the Italian was simply too strong on the brakes, Zarco would need to think where to pass him.

Zarco made his move at the final corner, turning his Prima Pramac Ducati underneath the Mooney VR46 Ducati, but Marini out braked Johann at turn one. Zarco retaliated at turn three and Marini was forced wide and had to give up the position.

Pecco started the final lap of the race just over a second ahead of Martin in second place, Zarco had managed to gap Marini who settled for fourth place.

Pecco crossed the line to take a perfect victory ahead of the Prima Pramac Ducati’s, Luca Marini made it four Ducati’s in the top four despite his hand injuries. Brad Binder rounded out the top five, Aleix Espargaro who was also nursing an injury took sixth on the last lap from Miller. Marco Bezzecchi took eighth place, not what the Italian would have wanted. Enea Bastianini took another ninth place on his return and Franky Morbidelli beat his team-mate Fabio Quartararo to the top ten.

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