2021 Spanish MotoGP: Miller wins in Ducati 1-2 finish

    Published On May 03, 2021 11:48:00 AM

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    Francesco Bagnaia finishes 2nd, followed by Franco Morbidelli in 3rd.

    Factory Ducati rider Jack Miller stunned his critics by winning the Spanish GP at Jerez. The Aussie clinched his maiden victory on a Ducati, and this is also his first MotoGP victory in the dry.

    • First win of season for Ducati  
    • First 1-2 finish for Ducati at Jerez
    • Francesco Bagnaia leads the 2021 MotoGP World Championship

    Quartararo's fallout

    The race began with big expectations for polesitter Fabio Quartararo. The Factory Yamaha rider looked strong all weekend and it was almost certain that he'd be one of the favourites to win the race. However, things didn't go as planned for the Frenchman.

    As the lights went out, Miller on the Ducati made the most of his motorcycle's holeshot device and overtook Quartararo for the lead in the first corner. Quartararo, meanwhile, slid down to 4th in the opening laps, with Petronas Yamaha's Franco Morbidelli and Francesco Bagnaia on the other Factory Ducati ahead of him.

    Quartararo, however, was having none of that and made some brilliant moves to come up on the back of race leader Miller. Then, in the final corner before the start-finish starlight, he overtook Miller for the lead.

    It looked like a fairy-tale setting for Quartararo as he put in some astonishingly quick laps to pull ahead of Miller by two seconds. It was all going well when all of sudden, his lead was cut to nothing in a single lap. Miller overtook Quartararo for the lead on Lap 16 and within a few laps, the Frenchman found himself languishing outside the top 10. It turned out that Quartararo suffered an arm pump issue during the race and couldn't brake or steer effectively. A brutal reminder of what it takes to ride a MotoGP machine.

    Thriller Miller

    With pressure mounting on Miller to deliver a top-class performance on a factory machine, it was his race to lose as he streaked ahead of the field in the lead. As the race progressed, Miller put in consistent laps to maintain his lead, and cross the line ahead of his teammate Bagnaia. 

    This is the first time that Ducati has secured a 1-2 finish is Jerez, a circuit that they aren't particularly strong at.

    An elated Miller stoppied and wheelied his way to Parc Ferme, amidst a rapturous welcome from people in the paddock. There was simply no doubt about the Aussie's popularity. Helmet off, Miller was in tears, having delivered a win and crucially silencing his critics.

    Bagnaia leads the championship

    Quartararo's issues turned out to be Bagnaia's gain as he found himself in the lead of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship at the end of the race. Bagnaia, in fact, had pretty good pace towards the closing stages and looked set to challenge Miller for the lead, before the chequered flag was out.

    As it stands, Bagnaia has 66 points in the bag, followed by Fabio at 64 points and Maverick Vinales in third at 50 points.

    The next race will take place at Le Mans, France, on May 16.

    2021 Spanish MotoGP results

    2021 Spanish MotoGP results
    PosRiderTeamLapsTime
    1Jack MillerDucati2541:05.602
    2Francesco BagnaiaDucati25+1.912
    3Franco MorbidelliPetronas Yamaha SRT SRT25+2.516
    4Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda25+3.206
    5Joan MirSuzuki25+4.256
    6Aleix EspargaroAprilia25+5.164
    7Maverick ViñalesYamaha25+5.651
    8Johann ZarcoPramac Racing25+7.161
    9Marc MarquezHonda25+10.494
    10Pol EspargaroHonda25+11.776
    11Miguel OliveiraKTM25+14.766
    12Stefan BradlHonda HRC25+17.243
    13Fabio QuartararoYamaha25+18.907
    14Danilo PetrucciTech3 KTM25+20.095
    15Iker LecuonaTech3 KTM25+20.277
    16Luca MariniSKY VR46 Avintia25+20.922
    17Valentino RossiPetronas Yamaha SRT25+22.731
    18Tito RabatPramac Racing25+30.314
    19Lorenzo SavadoriAprilia25+37.912
    20Alex RinsSuzuki25+38.234
    NCBrad BinderKTM14DNF
    NCEnea BastianiniAvintia Esponsorama14DNF
    NCAlex MarquezLCR Honda0DNF

    Also see:

    MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales talks about his approach to racing, the YZR-M1 and more

    2021 Portuguese MotoGP: Quartararo wins, Marquez returns with P7 finish

     

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