MotoGP Round 10 German GP: Another Day, Another Disaster For Pecco Bagnaia
With another dismal day for his rivals, the championship once again swings in favor of Quartararoby Punya Sharma, on
Carrying the momentum from the eventful Catalunya race, the MotoGP field headed to Sachsenring for round ten of the world championship, giving us another rollercoaster race. While some riders truly hit the ball out of the park, others had a dismal day in the office. Missed the race? Then, allow us to bring you up to date on the happenings.
Biggest Winner: Fabio Quartararo
With Marc Marquez absent, Fabio Quartararo became the new King of the Ring and won the German GP in a dominant fashion.
Right from the get-go, no one could keep tabs on the factory Yamaha rider, just like in the previous race. Plus, Fabio was one of the few riders using the medium rear tire (most chose the hard one) which makes this win even more impressive. Now, Quartararo leads the championship by a substantial 34 points over Aleix and Zarco in second and third, respectively.
Other Winners: Jack Milller & Johann Zarco
Rounding up the podium were Ducati boys Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) and Jack Miller (Factory Ducati) in second and third, respectively. Between the two, it was the Aussie who impressed more as he bagged the podium even after a long-lap penalty and had to work extra hard. Full credits to Zarco here too, after all, he was the top Ducati in the German GP and as a result, has slipped into P3 in the world championship.
Apart from the podium men, another rider we’d like to mention is Maverick Vinales, who showed great speed and put up a good fight for the podium, before a technical problem ended his race.
Biggest Loser: Pecco Bagnaia
Another day, another disaster for factory Ducati rider Pecco Bagnaia. What started as the “best Friday and Saturday” (as said by Pecco himself), ended miserably with an early crash in the race.
Pecco was tailing Fabio in the early laps and even tried to disrupt his rhythm by attempting an overtake. But, clearly, Fabio’s pace was superior, which forced Pecco into going ever-so-slightly hot into turn one and losing the rear. With his second consecutive DNF, Pecco has slipped a massive 91 points behind Quartararo, almost ending his championship prospects.
Other Losers: Honda and Suzuki
Honda has dominated at Sachsenring for the past eleven years, but this time, it just wasn’t meant to be. With no Marquez, all other Honda riders suffered horribly and crashed out in the hot conditions, with the only exception being home-hero Stefan Bradl. For your reference, this was the first time Honda failed to score points since 1982!
Like Honda, it was a dismal day for Suzuki as well. While Alex Rins bowed out of the weekend because of his injury, Joan Mir crashed out of the race after going wide into turn one.
Like what you read? Then, tune in at the same time, next week for a recap of the MotoGP’s Assen round.
|1||Fabio Quartararo||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||172|
|2||Aleix Espargaro||Aprilia Racing (RS-GP)||138||(-34)|
|3||Johann Zarco||Pramac Ducati (GP22)||111||(-61)|
|4||Enea Bastianini||Gresini Ducati (GP21)||100||(-72)|
|5||Brad Binder||Red Bull KTM (RC16)||82||(-90)|
|6||Francesco Bagnaia||Ducati Lenovo (GP22)||81||(-91)|
|7||Jack Miller||Ducati Lenovo (GP22)||81||(-91)|
|8||Alex Rins||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||69||(-103)|
|9||Joan Mir||Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)||69||(-103)|
|10||Miguel Oliveira||Red Bull KTM (RC16)||64||(-108)|
|11||Jorge Martin||Pramac Ducati (GP22)||61||(-111)|
|12||Marc Marquez||Repsol Honda (RC213V)||60||(-112)|
|13||Luca Marini||Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)||52||(-120)|
|14||Maverick Viñales||Aprilia Racing (RS-GP)||46||(-126)|
|15||Pol Espargaro||Repsol Honda (RC213V)||40||(-132)|
|16||Takaaki Nakagami||LCR Honda (RC213V)||38||(-134)|
|17||Marco Bezzecchi||Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)||35||(-137)|
|18||Alex Marquez||LCR Honda (RC213V)||26||(-146)|
|19||Franco Morbidelli||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)||25||(-147)|
|20||Fabio di Giannantonio||Gresini Ducati (GP21)||16||(-156)|
|21||Darryn Binder||WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)||10||(-162)|
|22||Andrea Dovizioso||WithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)||10||(-162)|
|23||Remy Gardner||KTM Tech3 (RC16)||9||(-163)|
|24||Raul Fernandez||KTM Tech3 (RC16)||5||(-167)|