Francesco Bagnaia won the Spanish Grand Prix, taking the lead over series leader Fabio Quartararo for the first time in 2022.

Despite a somewhat slower start than the Yamaha, Bagnaia held on to the lead through the first few turns – though Quartararo put pressure on the Italian during the first few laps.

As the race approached the thirds-distance, the incumbent premier class world champion began to fade, with Bagnaia opening up an eight-tenth-of-a-second advantage as he continued to look after the rubber on his Ducati.

Quartararo tried to mount a charge in the final laps, closing to within a half-second of the Desmosedici, but he was never close enough to seriously challenge Baganaia and was forced to settle for second as the 2021 MotoGP vice champion took the chequered flag 0.285s clear after leading every lap to claim his first victory of the season.

A furious battle for the last rostrum was beginning behind the leading duo – to the tune of about nine seconds – with the sister factory Ducati of Jack Miller maintaining the position for the majority of the race under constant attack from Honda’s Marc Marquez and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro.

Marquez trailed Miller the entire race, remaining glued to the Aussie’s back wheel until he finally dived past the outside at Turn 6 with only a few laps to go.

Marquez lost the front of his RC213-V and ran wide, dropping to fifth but lucky not to crash out. Espargaro quickly followed through to fourth as he moved past Miller at the final bend, a pass that would ultimately gift him third as Marquez lost the front of his RC213-V and ran wide, dropping back to fifth but lucky not to crash out.

The Aprilia rider went on to draw away over the final few circuits to secure his second consecutive podium result – and third of the season – while Marquez edged Miller out on the penultimate lap to take fourth.

Joan Mir of Suzuki managed to catch the tussling group ahead in the last laps, but was unable to mount an attack and had to settle for sixth place ahead of Takaaki Nakagami of LCR Honda.

Late in the race, Enea Bastianini overcame VR46 rookie Marco Bezzecchi for eighth place, while KTM’s Brad Binder completed the top 10 ahead of Pol Espargaro’s other factory Honda.

After slipping to 21st on the opening lap, Maverick Vinales returned to take the last point of 15th, while Alex Rins lost his joint series lead after hitting the gravel midway through the race, finishing a disappointing 19th.

Jorge Martin’s dreadful season continued as he crashed again en route to 22nd, while teammate Johann Zarco sealed Pramac’s dreadful Spanish Sunday by crashing from eighth just before mid-distance at Turn 5.

Quartararo now has a seven-point advantage over Aleix as they head to his home race in Le Mans, France, in two weeks, with Rins dropping to fourth but level on points with third-placed Bastianini.

SPANISH MOTOGP, JEREZ – RACE RESULTS

POSRIDERNATTEAMTIME/DIFF
1Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP22)41m 0.554s
2Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.285s
3Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+10.977s
4Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+12.676s
5Jack MillerAUSDucati Lenovo (GP22)+12.957s
6Joan MirSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+13.934s
7Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+14.929s
8Enea BastianiniITAGresini Ducati (GP21)+18.436s
9Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)*+18.830s
10Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+20.056s
11Pol EspargaroSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+20.856s
12Miguel OliveiraPORRed Bull KTM (RC16)+23.131s
13Alex MarquezSPALCR Honda (RC213V)+25.306s
14Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+27.358s
15Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+27.519s
16Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+29.278s
17Andrea DoviziosoITAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)+35.204s
18Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP21)*+35.361s
19Alex RinsSPASuzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)+38.922s
20Remy GardnerAUSKTM Tech3 (RC16)*+43.378s
21Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia Racing (RS-GP)+44.299s
22Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP22)+67.681s
 Stefan BradlGERTeam HRC (RC213V)DNF
 Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP22)DNF
 Darryn BinderRSAWithU Yamaha RNF (YZR-M1)*DNF

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