Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) achieved victory at the Spanish GP. Brad Binder (KTM) and Jack Miller (KTM) completed the podium at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto.
The race featured an incident on the first lap that caused a red flag. The riders involved were Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), Miguel Oliveira (Aprilia) and Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati).
On the restart, Binder led the way, until three laps from the end when Bagnaia overtook him to take his second victory this season, accompanied on the podium by the two KTMs.
Jorge Martín (Ducati), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), Luca Marini (Ducati), Dani Pedrosa (KTM), Álex Márquez (Ducati), Takaaki Nakagami (Honda) and Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) completed the Top 10 in Jerez.
With this result, Bagnaia regains the lead in the overall standings with a 22-point lead over Bezzecchi.
Repsol Honda Team motivated to continue improving
Joan Mir, who was unable to finish the sprint race on Saturday, also failed to finish the Spanish GP after suffering a crash on lap 2. Iker Lecuona placed 16th and gained further experience on the RC213V.
The Repsol Honda Team will return to action at the official MotoGP test in Jerez on Monday.
The next round of the MotoGP World Championship will be in two weeks’ time: The French GP at Le Mans.
Spanish GP race results (24 laps)
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||39:29.085|
|2. Brad Binder||KTM||+0.221|
|3. Jack Miller||KTM||+1.119|
|4. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+1.942|
|5. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||+4.760|
|6. Luca Marini||DUCATI||+6.329|
|7. Dani Pedrosa||KTM||+6.371|
|8. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||+14.952|
|9. Takaaki Nakagami||HONDA||+15.692|
|10. Fabio Quartararo||YAMAHA||+15.846|
|16. Iker Lecuona||REPSOL HONDA||+36.753|
|Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||DNF|
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||87|
|2. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||65|
|3. Brad Binder||KTM||62|
|4. Jack Miller||KTM||49|
|5. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||48|
|6. Luca Marini||DUCATI||48|
|7. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||48|
|8. Álex Rins||HONDA||47|
|9. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||46|
|10. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||41|
|19. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||7|
|20. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||5|
«The hot temperatures of the weekend made everything more critical, we are still working to understand the bike and overcome some limits. When I try to push I feel like I arrive at the limit and I lose the front, it’s a combination of the bike and my style. Fortunately we have the test tomorrow to work on it and I think we can improve our base setting a bit tomorrow. Looking at what Honda was trying with Stefan this weekend, I think there are some things which will help us so I am optimistic for tomorrow. We are still in the early stages, just four races with this bike and we need to keep working to improve.»
«First of all I just want to say that this weekend was like a dream, to race the Spanish GP as an official factory MotoGP rider – and in the Repsol Honda Team, it’s a moment I have thought about since I was a kid. I need to say a massive thank you to HRC, Repsol and all of the crew here. Everyone worked so well and all of them helped me so much. Every time we got on the bike we went faster and felt better. In the race, for the first ten laps I was able to stay with the group but then I felt the front tyre drop a bit, I didn’t know how to manage it and I lost some time to the other riders. Then towards the end I understood more about the bike and the tyres and I was able to gain on Raul a lot. Maybe with half a lap more I could get him and get a point. I didn’t know there was a point on the table, but anyway it has been a great weekend and I am really happy. Thanks to everyone once again and now I get ready for the next WorldSBK weekend in Barcelona.»