Just 0.043s separated Marc Marquez from victory at an explosive Italian GP as his Repsol Honda Team teammate Jorge Lorenzo collected more world championship points.
The hottest conditions of the weekend, the track at almost 50°C, awaited the MotoGP World Championship as they 23-rider field lined up for the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley. From a record-breaking pole position, Marc Marquez made a perfect launch to lead from fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow.
A race-long battle for victory saw Marquez fending off Petrucci, Dovizioso and Rins for the majority of the race. In true Mugello style it all came down to the final lap of the race, the reigning world champion saving himself for a late attack. A small mistake at San Donato opened a gap to Petrucci that was fractionally too big to close, Marquez taking second by 0.043s as they roared across the line.
With a haul of 20 points, Marquez extends his championship lead to 12 points over Dovizioso. Honda have a six point advantage over Ducati in the Constructor Championship.
A strong launch off the line saw Jorge Lorenzo move into 15th on the opening lap and with some clear space on track. Able to lap consistently, Lorenzo was able to avoid trouble and steadily gained positions during the course of the race. Crossing the line in 13th, Lorenzo picks up more valuable championship points and experience on the RC213V.
LCR Honda Rider Takaaki Nakagami achieved his best finish to date on the Honda RC213V, crossing the line in fifth and as the first Independent Team rider.
The MotoGP World Championship now enjoys a week off before the Catalan GP, the home race of both Jorge Lorenzo and championship leader Marc Marquez. There’s not long to wait until the lights go out on the Catalan GP on Sunday, June 16.
Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley Race Results
|1||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||25||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||41'33.794|
|2||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||20||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.043|
|3||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||16||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.338|
|4||Rins Alex||42||SPA||13||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.535|
|5||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||11||LCR Honda||Honda||6.535|
|6||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||10||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||7.481|
|7||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||9||Pramac Racing||Ducati||13.288|
|8||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||8||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||13.937|
|9||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||7||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||16.533|
|10||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||6||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||17.994|
|11||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||5||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||20.523|
|12||Mir Joan||36||SPA||4||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||20.544|
|13||Lorenzo Jorge||99||SPA||3||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||20.813|
|14||Abraham Karel||17||CZE||2||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||27.298|
|15||Iannone Andrea||29||ITA||1||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||28.051|
|16||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||30.101|
|17||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||0||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||41.857|
|18||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|19||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||0||Pramac Racing||Ducati||DNF|
|20||Syahrin Hafizh||55||MAL||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||DNF|
|21||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||0||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||DNF|
|22||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||0||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||DNF|
|23||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||DNF|
Located 30km north-east of Florence in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, Mugello is a modern circuit with excellent facilities. Bought by Ferrari back in 1988, the 5.245km track has been renovated to a high standard and has a growing reputation as one of the world’s most up-to-date, scenic and safest… read more.
|Length||5.245 kilometres / 3.259 miles|
|Longest straight||1.141 kilometres / 0.709 miles|
Mugello Circuit, Scarperia, Florence, Italy - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m 45.187s (179.5 km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)|
|Race Lap||1m 46.810s (176.7 km/h) Johann Zarco (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Time||41m16.344s (175.300km/h) Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha, 2021)|
|2021 Race Winner||Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha)|