Bagnaia Victorious in Valencia, Rossi 10th in Emotional Farewell
A first-ever Ducati 1-2-3 and an emotional goodbye for the ‘Doctor’ round out 2021 with a bang
Che spettacolo! For the fourth time in 2021, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) took victory as the Italian led home a historic Ducati 1-2-3 at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, Pecco once again perfectly poised as this time he saw the flag just ahead of Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) for a Bologna lockout.
The race will forever be remembered as Valentino Rossi’s (Petronas Yamaha SRT) last dance too, and The Doctor delivered a P10 in his farewell MotoGP™ appearance in front of a packed Circuit Ricardo Tormo crowd. Pecco also dedicated the win to his mentor.
Rossi was in Qatar in March earlier this year for the MotoGP Qatar Grand Prix, a motorcycling event that is part of the FIM Grand Prix motorcycle racing season. The Losail race track in Qatar represents the debut race of each MotoGP season.
Danilo Petrucci (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing) saw the chequered flag in P17 as the Italian premier class race winner also says goodbye to Grand Prix racing on an emotional Sunday in Valencia, and teammate Iker Lecuona heads for WorldSBK after scoring a final point of the year.
Rewinding to lights out and polesitter Martin grabbed the holeshot into Turn 1 as fourth place Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) got a great start to get the better of Bagnaia, with Miller slotting into second. Rossi made a good start and was up a place into P9, whereas World Champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was P6. Up ahead, Miller then dived up the inside of Martin at Turn 1 on Lap 2 to take the lead, but it was short-lived. Martin and Mir cut through on Lap 2, and Miller down to third, then it was fourth, then fifth – the Australian was going backwards after briefly leading.
1. Francesco Baganai (Ducati Lenovo Team)
2. Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) + 0.489
3. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) + 0.823
4. Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) + 5.214
5. Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) + 5.439
6. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) + 6.993
7. Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) + 8.437
8. Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) + 10.933
9. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) + 12.651
10. Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT) + 13.468
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