Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo is the 2021 MotoGP World Champion after Francesco Bagnaia dropped out of the lead on the final stage of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Fabio Quartararo wins 2021 MotoGP World Champion
Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo won the 2021 MotoGP World Champion after Francesco Bagnaia dropped out of the lead on the spectacular final stage of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. While Honda’s Marc Marquez won the race, Quartararo finished in 4th place, but was able to expand his lead in the championship and win the first ever world championship title. Bagnaia needs to score another 3 points for Quartararo in the race to keep the title battle alive.
Quartararo finished 15th in the Emilia Romagna GP, slimming down the world title race in this race. The rider climbed the grid on the next 27 laps and finished in the top order. Meanwhile, Bagnaia started from Paul and looked closely at his path to winning the race. However, the crash in the second half ended Ducati Rider’s hopes, and Quartararo became the world champion at the age of only 22.
The race started at the speed of a Ducati rider with Jack Miller off the line, but Bagnaia was able to brake on Turn 1 while maintaining the lead from his teammates. KTM’s Miguel Oliveira was an early threat to Miller, but the rider managed to get back to P2. However, it was Marquez who got off to an impressive start, approaching Miller, climbing from P7 to P4 to P3 as he passed Oliveira on Turn 8. On the other hand, Quartararo’s start was late, so he fell from 15th to 17th.
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Nevertheless, the rider found his rhythm and quickly defeated LCR’s Alex Marquez, Takaaki Nakagami, and Johann Zarco. Both Ducati decided to stay on the track longer and delayed the change to hard front tires despite the cold weather. Miller first crashed on lap 4 while dodging Marquez, who has now moved to P2.
At this stage, Quartararo had moved up to P12, but Marquez is now putting pressure on Bagnaia with a gap of just 0.2 seconds between the race leaders. Meanwhile, Pol Espargaro was running in 3rd place, but the top two riders were two seconds behind. By lap 9, Quartararo had moved to P9, setting a much faster lap time than his previous rider. After fighting Aleix Espargaro in Aprilia, the rider managed to move to P5 on lap 19. And it seemed like the best Quartararo could achieve in the race with an 8-second margin between him and Oliveira.
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However, Bagnaia was under immense pressure from Marquez. By the 23rd lap, Honda’s rider was trying to reach the top by extending the gap by nearly a second. However, Bagnaia’s desire to continue the title battle ended with a crash on the next lap when he lost the front in the same corner as Miller. This put Marquez in his third win of the season and Pol Espargaro in second place at Honda, taking his first podium. Quartararo was also on the podium after the crash of Oliveira, but was beaten by Enea Bastierney, who took third place, slightly ahead of the world champions.
However, Quartararo was enough to be the world champion in 4th place and became the first French rider in the premier class. It is also Yamaha’s first world championship since 2015.
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Bagnaia crashes at Emilia Romagna GP and Fabio Quartararo wins 2021 World Champion
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