MotoGP. Bezzecchi wins in India, Quartararo comes third, Bagnaia falls

Spaniard Jorge “Martinator” Martin, second in India, is closing in on Italy's Francesco Bagnaia in the MotoGP World Championship standings, who suffered a major defeat with a crash on the 14th lap of a Grand Prix won by Marco Bezzechi. The reigning world champion on Ducati crashed alone and took 2nd place in the race, leaving Martin (Ducati-Pramac) with just 13 points in the provisional standings. The day's winner Bezzechi (Ducati-VR46) is now 44 lengths behind. Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), 2021 world champion, climbed to the third step of the Grand Prix podium.

Starting from pole position, Bezzecchi took the lead thanks to a good start on the first lap and never relinquished it. Frustrated on Saturday after finishing fifth in the sprint due to a collision with teammate and compatriot Luca Marini, the Transalpine rider took revenge by winning the first Indian GP in history in the premier class. Uncompromisingly, Bezzecchi quickly closed the gap to Martin and Bagnaia, who were fighting for second place, and ultimately won by more than eight seconds. ” I am very happy. After the incident yesterday (Saturday) I wanted to take revenge. “I started very well and then I was able to increase the gap and not make any mistakes,” explained the Italian, who achieved his third victory of the season and his MotoGP -Career picked up.

Bagnaia, who had gained one place at the start, had a great duel with Martin. The Spaniard overtook him on the 4th lap, but the patient Turin native reacted on the 13th lap and regained second place. But on the next lap he crashed, paving the way for Martin to take second place.

” No mistake “

However, the Spaniard was afraid twice: first he had to close his suit, which had opened in the middle of the race, and on the last lap he missed the braking and was overtaken by Quartararo. But thanks to a daring overtake by the Frenchman, he regained possession at the last minute, two corners before the end of the race.

The Niçois, who started in seventh place, completed a perfect race and achieved a podium place that was as beautiful as it was unexpected, as his Yamaha had difficulty accelerating. “It was a difficult race and even though we lost a lot on the straights, I gave it my all and held on. It's one of my best races because I didn't make any mistakes and I'm very happy. I'll sleep well tonight! “, explained the Frenchman, who took his second podium of the season after his third place in the USA in April.

The other Frenchman in the starting field, Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac), who started from sixth position, initially fell back to ninth place after a mediocre start. After moving up to seventh place, he made a mistake and fell three places down. However, in the end he ended up in sixth place, thanks in particular to the crashes of Bagnaia and the Spaniard Marc Marquez (Honda), who was able to restart and took 9th place.

The feared fiasco after the very late visa wassuance for this first edition of the Indian Grand Prix ultimately failed to materialize. Despite the oppressive heat, the drivers had a lot of fun on the track and the organization over the weekend was quite good. The only downside was the rush of visitors with almost empty stands on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday the bar was raised with officially more than 58,000 spectators and a total of 111,762 spectators. However, given the very sparseness of the grandstand, except for the grandstand along the pit straight, these numbers seem very optimistic.