MotoGP: Emilia Romagna Grand Prix
The MotoGP Championship could be wrapped up today, but the main news is it is the home hero's final race on Italian soil!
After a wet weekend the qualifying session was on a drying track and the race on a dry track. Ducati will be delighted after qualifying as the front row was locked out by all Ducati riders, with pole and second place taken by the factory Ducati riders and third place was occupied by the VR46 Ducati rider!
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team:
Fabio Quartararo had his worst ever MotoGP qualifying as he started the race down in fifteenth, which was not the ideal starting position for the Championship leader. But your 2021 World Champion is Quartararo! The 22-year-old has done it with two races to go! The first ever French MotoGP World Champion and Yamaha's first since 2015!
Franco Morbidelli qualified up in sixth place and he will be looking for his best result since coming back from his injury. Morbidelli had a poor race as he dropped like a stone towards the end and finished fourteenth place!
Ducati Lenovo Team:
The Italian rider, Francesco Bagnaia, started from pole today as he attempts to claw back vital Championship points to his Yamaha rival! However, Bagnaia bottled his World Championship challenge as he crashes out of his home Grand Prix while leading!
Jack Miller qualified in second place, and he had already made it clear that he would attempt to protect Bagnaia all race to help in Ducati's Championship challenge. Miller crashed out while defending Bagnaia from a Honda!
Repsol Honda Team:
Marc Marquez started in seventh place but played down his chances of being able to challenge for the podium before a wheel had even turned this weekend. Marquez wins in Misano! The Spaniard has won his first race on a right-handed track since he returned from his injury!
Pol Espargaro once again shows that he can ride the Honda when there are cooler temperatures as he qualified in fourth place. It is a first ever podium for Espargaro on a Honda! Espargaro ran in the podium positions all race and eventually inherited second place.
Enea Bastianini took his maiden MotoGP podium last time at Misano, starting from sixteenth place is not an ideal starting place for the Italian rookie. Bastianini has done it again he is back on the podium with another third place in Misano!
Pramac Ducati Racing:
Johann Zarco qualified in tenth place after having a massive crash in qualifying, he will be crucial in Ducati's strategy this weekend. Zarco had a very good ride today and made his way up to fifth place by the end of the race.
Jorge Martin qualified down in twelfth but will most likely have the pace to make his way forward. Disaster struck for Martin as he crashed out of a top ten position.
Team Suzuki Ecstar:
Alex Rins qualified in thirteenth place as the Suzuki's continue their qualifying woes. Rins had a good race for Suzuki as he claimed a sixth-place finish, which is a good result for Rins after this season.
Joan Mir, the reigning World Champion, started from eighteenth place! Mir had a terrible race as he jumped the start and then crashed out of the race!
Aprilia Racing Team Gresini:
Aleix Espargaro struggled in qualifying as he is down in eleventh place for the race, will he be able to turn his poor form from Austin behind him.
Maverick Vinales returned to racing this weekend after understandably sitting out of the American Grand Prix, the Spaniard qualified down in nineteenth place for this Grand Prix.
SKY VR46 Avintia:
Luca Marini took a stunning third place in qualifying as he shows how talented he really is! Marini did not have the race pace, but he was still able to claim a ninth-place finish.
Petronas Yamaha SRT:
Andrea Dovizioso started down in twenty first place for his home Grand Prix. Dovizioso claimed good points today as he finished thirteenth place.
The Demi God of Misano, Valentino Rossi, started his final home Grand Prix from twenty third on the grid. Rossi take a bow! The 42-year-old Italian clearly found something at home today as he came from twenty third on the grid to tenth place!
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing:
Miguel Oliveira had a great qualifying as he placed his KTM on the second row in fifth place. But Oliveira's race ended with disaster as he crashed out after just inheriting third place!
Brad Binder struggled in qualifying once again as he qualified in twentieth place, but after crashing on the sighting lap he was moved to last on the grid. Binder had a good race as he finished in eleventh after being pipped in the final corners.
Alex Marquez qualified down in fourteenth place. Marquez had a technical problem with his bike, so he did not finish the Grand Prix.
Takaaki Nakagami started from down in seventeenth place. Nakagami continues his poor form as he crashed out of the race, but he rejoined and finished fifteenth place.
Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing:
Iker Lecuona qualified himself in eighth place as he really loves the damp conditions. Lecuona was running in the top ten when he went down on his own at turn one.
Danilo Petrucci has his final Grand Prix on Italian soil and he qualified in ninth place. Petrucci was very unlucky as he was taken out by Mir.