Quartararo absorbed a great deal of pressure at the end of the 27-lap Misano race from Yamaha’s Quartararo. His soft rear tires declined in 2021 to win consecutive MotoGP wins.
When Ducati’s teammate Jack Miller hopped in front of Quartararo for two seconds, Quartararo nailed the launch from pole position and immediately pulled him away for one second on the opening lap.
Throughout the first half of the race, Banyaia swelled the lead well over two seconds and was in good control. The Italian was helped by both Miller and Quartararo’s mistakes on turn 13 on lap 8.
By lap 9, Banyaia’s lead was close to three seconds, but the gap began to steadily decrease by a few tenths.
Quartararo chose medium, so Banyaia chose soft rear tires, and this choice seemed to be inspired as Miller began to slow down.
On lap 14, Quartararo cut the struggling Miller into left-handed Turn 6, and the French were able to reduce Banyaia’s lead to 1.2 seconds with just eight laps remaining.
Behind the scenes, Avintia rookie Bastianini started from 12th on the grid and left-handed to move up to 4th on lap 6 with the sixth MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez Honda.
Tierney was able to set the fastest lap when the race clicked across a medium distance and move away from the back pack to hunt down the maiden’s podium.
Bastianini eased behind the struggling Miller, overtaking Desmosedici’s Factory Ducati Rider, run by 2-year-old Avintia, with a sickle on right-handed turn 13 to move up to 3rd place.
At the front, Quartararo continued to erode Quartararo’s lead, and Quartararo put pressure on him, reducing Ducati Rider’s advantage by less than six-tenths in three laps.
Quartararo clearly had a better grip than the Ducati ahead, but Quartararo was able to use the GP21’s brute power straight to keep Yamaha away.
This closed all roads for Quartararo to overtake on the final lap, leaving Banyaia upright and winning his second MotoGP victory 0.364 seconds ahead of Yamaha’s Quartararo.
Bastianini’s assault on Quartararo declined in the second half, but Avintia’s rider chased Marquez 5.4 seconds away to take his first MotoGP podium and the second podium for the Avintia team in history.
Marquez overtook Suzuki’s Joan Mir in fourth place, but a track restriction penalty dropped the latter behind the mirror with a checkered flag.
Pol Espargaro was seventh in sister factory Honda ahead of his brother Alex mounted on Aprilia, with KTM’s Brad Binder and LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami in the top ten.
Ducati’s wildcard Michele Piro was 11th, ahead of the struggling Johann Zarco. Pramac riders fell from 5th on the grid to 12th on the checkered flag.
Maverick Viñales scored points in his second appearance at Aprilia on the 13th, with Honda’s wildcards Stefan Bradl and LCR’s Alex Marquez closing the top 15.
Valentino Rossi recovered from 23rd on the grid, finishing in 17th place, the penultimate figure in front of Petronas SRT Yamaha’s beloved home fans, and Tech3’s Danilo Petrucci 1.1 started in 16th place.
Franco Morbidelli finished his first race as a factory Yamaha rider in 18th place ahead of Avintia’s Luca Marini and KTM’s Miguel Oliveira, and Andrea Dovizioso finished 21st in his first MotoGP appearance since Valencia last year. ..
Alex Rins crashed in the middle of a race for the top four at Suzuki, and Iker Lecuona (Tech 3) and Jorge Martin (Pramac) couldn’t finish either.
Quartararo’s championship lead is now 48 points, and Quartararo scored another 5 points and another 100 points in 2021.
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