Emilia Romagna GP: Vinales wins as Bagnaia crashes out

    Joan Mir finished 2nd; Pol Espargaro ended up 3rd after Fabio Quartararo was slapped with a penalty.

    Published On Sep 21, 2020 03:07:00 PM

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    Emilia Romagna GP: Vinales wins as Bagnaia crashes out

    Maverick Vinales secured a stunning victory at the inaugural Emilia Romagna GP in Misano. The Spaniard managed to finally clinch a victory in this unpredictable 2020 MotoGP season, much to his respite after failing to convert strong grid positions into podiums or victories over the last few races.

    • Vinales becomes the sixth different MotoGP winner this year

    • Quartararo loses 3rd place to Pol Espargaro after penalty

    • Bagnaia crashes out of the lead

    Rossi and Binder’s early exit

    Vinales started the race on pole position, however, his Yamaha YZR M1 was outrun by the Pramac Ducati of Jack Miller, going into Turn 1. Miller made the most of the opening laps as Vinales kept pushing to stay within striking distance of the Aussie. 

    Behind them, Vinales' team mate, Valentino Rossi was also charging up the field when on Lap 2 he lost the front and crashed. Red Bull KTM's Brand Binder too suffered a similar fate, ending his hopes of a podium position. 

    Further up, Miller lost the lead to Vinales, who capitalised on the former's mistake. Making most of the opportunity, he quickly began to pull away from the rest of the field with Pramac Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia in hot pursuit. 

    A few laps down, Bagnaia made a brave lunge down the inside of Vinales to snatch the lead and soon began pulling away, using the horsepower advantage of his Ducati. 

    Meanwhile, Red Bull KTM's Pol Espargaro put up a valiant effort to make his way to 3rd place, using the soft option tyre to his advantage. However, as the laps progressed, he began to suffer from tyre degradation. This played into the hands of Petronas Yamaha SRT's Fabio Quartararo who began to reel him in with each passing lap.

    Behind the pair, the late charging Joan Mir, on the factory Suzuki, kept closing in on the duo, making a brilliant move on Quartararo and Pol Espargaro. Fabio eventually managed to demote Pol to fourth after overtaking him with a few laps remaining.

    Vinales wins as Bagnaia crashes out

    With all the drama in the background, Bagnaia looked set to take a momentous victory when all of a sudden, he suffered a crash, putting an end to his fairytale. Vinales was hence, gifted the lead and he went on to cross the line in 1st place, 2.42 secs clear of Joan Mir, who brought the factory Suzuki home in 2nd. 

    A rack limits infringement by Quartararo meant he was awarded a 3 sec penalty. As a result, he lost 3rd place to Pol Espargaro. This comes as a big blow to the championship hopes of the Frenchman, who was regarded as the title favourite.

    What does the 2020 MotoGP riders’ championship look like?

    With the 2020 season witnessing more twists and turns than the best thriller movies out there, who will win the MotoGP World Championship is anybody's guess. At present and despite a lackluster performance at the Emilia Romagna GP, factory Ducati rider Andrea Dovizioso leads the World Championship with 84 points in the bag. Fabio Quartararo currently stands second at 83 points followed by Vinales at 83 points as well.

    The next MotoGP race will be held on September 27 at Circuit de Barcelona- Catalunya, Spain.

    2020 Emilia Romagna MotoGP results:

    POS

    RIDER

    TEAM

    GAP

    1

    Maverick Vinales

    Yamaha

    41m55.846s

    2

    Joan Mir

    Suzuki

    2.425s

    3

    Pol Espargaro

    KTM

    4.528s

    4

    Fabio Quartararo

    Petronas Yamaha

    6.419s

    5

    Miguel Oliveira

    Tech3 KTM

    7.368s

    6

    Takaaki Nakagami

    LCR Honda

    11.139s

    7

    Alex Marquez

    Honda

    11.929s

    8

    Andrea Dovizioso

    Ducati

    13.113s

    9

    Franco Morbidelli

    Petronas Yamaha

    15.880s

    10

    Danilo Petrucci

    Ducati

    17.682s

    11

    Johann Zarco

    Avintia Ducati

    23.144s

    12

    Alex Rins

    Suzuki

    24.962s

    13

    Bradley Smith

    Aprilia

    30.008s

    -

    Iker Lecuona

    Tech3 KTM

    Retirement

    -

    Francesco Bagnaia

    Pramac Ducati

    Retirement

    -

    Valentino Rossi

    Yamaha

    Retirement

    -

    Tito Rabat

    Avintia Ducati

    Retirement

    -

    Jack Miller

    Pramac Ducati

    Retirement

    -

    Brad Binder

    KTM

    Retirement

    -

    Stefan Bradl

    Honda

    Withdrawn

    -

    Aleix Espargaro

    Aprilia

    Retirement

     

    Also see:

    2020 San Marino GP: Franco Morbidelli scores maiden MotoGP win

    2020 Styria MotoGP: Miguel Oliveira takes maiden victory for Tech3 KTM

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