The Buddh International Circuit hosts the Indian Grand Prix for the first time in the history of MotoGP, where the races are reduced in terms of distance due to the strong heat and humidity: 11 laps for the Sprint Race (instead of 12), and 21 laps for the Sunday race (instead of 24).
Our Suomy rider Pecco Bagnaia closes the first Indian Sprint Race positively, crossing the finish line in second place. Third on the starting grid, Pecco managed to gain a position at the start, immediately moving behind leader Jorge Martín and defending second place for all eleven laps.
However, Sunday’s race has an unfortunate epilogue for our Pecco Bagnaia, who fights for second place with Martín until the thirteenth lap, when, immediately after overtaking the Spanish driver, our rider loses grip during braking and slides, placing end to his Indian Grand Prix.
Although Pecco was unable to complete the race, he currently still holds the role of leader of the World Championship, but only 13 points ahead of his pursuer Jorge Martín.
“First, I want to apologize to the team because objectively I made a mistake, which is unfortunately inevitable when you are at the limit like today. We accepted the risk of going with the harder compound and it was the better choice for my performance because with the medium the other Ducatis were using I was struggling a lot. This is something strange because everybody usually chooses the same tyre. For me this weekend it wasn’t working, I was having a lot of front locking, so we decided to go with the harder and until that moment I was competitive. I was fighting with Jorge, and as soon as I took him, I lost the front. Despite the difficulties we would have finished second today, but Bez was unstoppable. For Japan, we must find a solution, because I want to be back leading and we want to win. The points are for sure very important but for me it is more important to find a solution under braking.”
Francesco Bagnaia – NC
World Standings P. 1
A weekend to forget in Moto3 for Romano Fenati, who is unable to participate in the race due to a fall in free practice following which he suffered two small fractures in his left ankle.
After numerous checks, the rider from Ascoli was also declared unfit for the next grand prix and will therefore not be able to compete on the Motegi circuit in Japan.
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Romano from the entire #suomyfamily!
“I lost the front tire and then there was the worst moment, a major highside. The bike threw me very high and I took a big hit on my left foot and fell back to the ground. Now I’m going home to do therapy. I won’t race neither here in India nor in Japan, I will try to be at 100% again for the Indonesian Grand Prix on October 15th.”
Romano Fenati – NC
World Standings P. 18
Grand Prix of Japan
30 Sept – 1 Oct
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