Enea Bastianini snatched her third MotoGP win of the season on Sunday. The 24-year-old Ducati rider beat fellow Australian brand Jack Miller (+2.718) at the French Grand Prix at Le Mans. Spaniard Alex Espargaro (Aprilia / 4.182) finished third for the third time in a row. Defending champion Fabio Quartararo, who finished fourth in his Yamaha, continues to lead the world championship standings.
The race has long been dominated by Francesco Bagnaia, who was last victorious at Jerez, and Bastianini, who had a thrilling duel. With seven laps left, Bastianini passed and made his countryman nervous with this maneuver. Bagnaia made a mistake soon after and lost ground to Bastianini. Things later got worse as Bagnaia slipped away in Turn 13 and retired. Bastianini, who has previously triumphed in Qatar and the United States this season, led him to a secure victory.
“I’m really happy with this race. It was a complicated weekend because I was always crashing. I had a great rhythm in the race. I wanted to make Francesco nervous, and I managed to do it in the end,” said Bastianini, who is third in the championship standings with 94 points. “My team gave me the best bike, they did a great job.” Quartararo has 102 points and Espargaro is third with 98.
KTM rider Masia wins in Moto3
While South African Brad Bender finished eighth in the MotoGP Championship as the best KTM rider and Portugal’s Miguel Oliveira retired after his fall, the Upper Austria manufacturer was able to celebrate victory in the moto3 class thanks to Jaume Masia. The Spanish KTM rider won the last lap of the pentathlon to claim victory and crossed the finish line in front of Japan’s Ayomo Sasaki (+0.150) and compatriot Izan Guevara (+0.220).
The race had to be abandoned and resumed after a spectacular third lap crash involving five riders on a still wet track. It was Masia’s second win this season after Austin. The 21-year-old climbed to second place in the world championship standings with 95 points. Spanish GasGas driver Sergio Garcia defended his championship lead with seventh place and now has 112 points.
French Grand Prix at Le Mans
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