Ducati queen. And the Italy of the Gresini – Sport team triumphs

Ducati queen. And the Italy of the Gresini – Sport team triumphs
Ducati queen. And the Italy of the Gresini – Sport team triumphs

by Marco Galvani Italy triumphs in Jerez: in Moto2 one-two with Di Giannantonio and Bezzecchi, the first success of the Gresini team since the death of Fausto on the eve of the first race of the year in Qatar. And in Moto3 a place of honor for Romano Fenati. And in the standings, ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia leads in the top class at the finish line on a Sunday that is not at all obvious. Let alone at Jerez, “a difficult track for us”, confesses Bagnaia: “Today was really hard, I tried to win, but with two laps to go I felt that the front was exhausted and I decided to stay …

by Marco Galvani

Italy triumphs in Jerez: in Moto2 one-two with Di Giannantonio and Bezzecchi, the first success of the Gresini team since the death of Fausto on the eve of the first race of the year in Qatar. And in Moto3 a place of honor for Romano Fenati. And in the standings, ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia leads in the top class at the finish line on a Sunday that is not at all obvious. Let alone at Jerez, “a difficult track for us”, confesses Bagnaia: “Today was really hard, I tried to win, but with two laps to go I felt that the front was exhausted and I decided to stay calm.”

Second place, but just enough to take the leadership of the World Championship: “I’m happy, but we were also lucky because if Quartararo hadn’t had that problem … In any case, I don’t want to think about the championship, the season is still long, 16 races and if I think about it I risk going slower. ” However, “now Le Mans arrives (on May 16, ed) and then Mugello, two better tracks for us”. Also for teammate Jack Miller, yesterday in an evident state of grace. Enough to give Ducati a victory at Jerez that had been missing since 2006 with Loris Capirossi (last podium, however, with Jorge Lorenzo in 2017): “An incredible Sunday, the last laps were the longest of my career”. The party was completed by Franco Morbidelli’s 3rd place, best Yamaha with the ‘old’ M1: “I gave more than my best, I risked a lot, but in the end I was rewarded. This podium is worth a victory … and it has a really sweet taste “.

On the other hand, Fabio Quartararo chews bitter: an ordeal for the Yamaha Frenchman: leader until halfway through the race, then the pain in his right arm (the return of the compartment syndrome already operated two years ago) knocked him out: 13th with doubt whether to hit the track today for the collective test session. Maverick Vinales seventh, while Valentino Rossi reports yet another failure: 17th. In difficulty with resistance Marc Marquez, 9th and in any case ahead of the other Hondas of Pol Espargarò and Stefan Bradl.

In Moto2, the Italian brothers Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marco Bezzecchi take the stage. After an abstinence of 938 days and five podium finishes, the Roman returns to victory, first in the middle class. And he does it under the eyes of Luca Gresini, Fausto’s son for the first time in the paddock. It is the team’s first success since Fausto’s death. Fabio on the podium points to the sky, for a special dedication to his manager: “Smiles and tears, Fausto from up there always with us. A unique emotion. For this weekend I would give myself a 10”.

Full marks also for Pedro Acosta in Moto3: at 16 years, 11 months and 7 days he is the youngest rider in all classes to have collected three consecutive victories. On the podium also Romano Fenati (Husqvarna), returning to the podium from the victory at Misano 2020, and Jeremy Alcoba (Honda).

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