Aragon MotoGP 2021: Bagnaia defeats Marquez to claim first MotoGP win

Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) has taken his first MotoGP victory at the Aragon MotoGP 2021 this Sunday at the MotorLand Circuit in Teruel, Spain. The Italian rider duelled Marc Márquez for the win in the final laps of the race. 

Joan Mir (Suzuki) finished in third place behind the two protagonists of the day, who delighted the public with an intense but clean final battle. Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) and Jack Miller (Ducati) made up the top five. 

Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), on the other hand, fulfilled his own doomed prediction, failing to perform again at his most unlucky track in the circuit.

Lacking confidence and unable to set a decent pace, the Frenchman finished in eighth place, between Brad Binder (KTM Factory Racing) and Jorge Martín (Pramac Racing). 

Despite this setback, the Frenchman, winner in Qatar 2Portugal, Italy, Holland & Great Britain, still leads the standings with 214 points, down to 53 from his pre-race 65-point advantage with number two, a position now occupied by Bagnaia with 161 points, four more than Mir, who has dropped one position.

Pecco is off to a good start 

Bagnaia held on to his starting pole at the Aragon MotoGP 2021, while Marc Márquez climbed three places to get behind the Italian and ahead of Jack Miller. Aleix Espargaró was also off to a good start after winning two places to position himself in fourth. 

Mir also passed two rivals in the opening meters of the race until he was one place ahead of Quartararo, sixth. Things were already starting to look bleak for the leader of the World Championship, who fell three places in the blink of an eye.

Two laps into the Aragon MotoGP 2021 and Bagnaia and Marc commanded the race with a half-second advantage over Miller.  The Catalan pilot, ruling chief of the Spanish track, kept hot on the heels of his Italian rival, preventing him from attempting an escape.
Aware of the strength of the Ducaties in this track, Marc knew he couldn’t let Pecco out of his sight, which he didn’t until the very end. 

The battle for the head of the race between the two roosters allowed Miller to get closer for a few instants but it was only a mirage. Meanwhile, Fabio

Quartararo, now one place below in seventh, struggled on. ‘El Diablo’ was burning in his own Spanish hell. Shortly after he would lose another two positions.

Pecco and Marc escape 

After five laps at the Aragon MotoGP 2021, Pecco and Marc started to up the pace, leaving Miller 0.7 seconds behind. A great Aleix Espargaro followed in fourth with Mir in tow. 

The Spaniard remained in second place, studying Pecco and conserving both his tires and his own strength, with the chasing pack now two seconds behind. Miller, Aleix and Mir rolled a few meters apart from each other, but couldn’t get close to the leading duo. 

With less than ten laps remaining, Bagnaia and Marc had effectively split the Aragon MotoGP 2021 in two. Now 4 whole seconds ahead of the rest, it was clear that this was going to be a two-horse race for the win. 

Six laps on and the battle between the two was closer than ever. The #63 kept cool and did not make any mistake and was breaking late enough to prevent Marquez from attempting a pass.

 The final, breath-taking assault!  

Three laps before the finish line and hostilities reached a climax. Marc managed to overtake his rival but only for a few meters until the Italian recovered his lead. The Aragon MotoGP 2021 had reached its point of no return.

Positions and attacks were exchanged several times between the two with Pecco coming out on top, in the end, to claim his first triumph in MotoGP, and the first for Ducati in eleven years in Aragon. Mir crossed the finish line in third, several seconds clear of Aleix Espargaro.

Images of Aragon MotoGP 2021: Shell Motorsports.

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