With five different winners to date, the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix is expected to be wide open. Fabio Quartararo will start the eighth round of the championship at the Mugello Circuit, leader of the drivers' classification, but he already has Aleix Espargaró and Enea Bastianini in a state of grace —he is the only one who has won more than one race this season— on his heels. heels.
The race on the Italian track will start this Sunday, May 29, at 2:00 p.m. and will be seen live on DAZN. You can also follow minute by minute on the La Vanguardia website.
Up to five different riders climbed to the highest step of the podium in the first six races of the MotoGP Championship, but only one of them, Enea Bastianini (Gresini), had been able to repeat the privileged position. He liked savoring the honeys of triumph so much that he would soon reoffend once again. In the French Grand Prix, the Italian eclipsed the two big favorites, Bagnaia (Ducati) and Quartararo (Yamaha), and added his third victory of the year. This weekend, the World Cup arrives in his native country.
Although he still doesn't know what it's like to get on the podium at the Mugello circuit, Bastianini will have a unique opportunity this Sunday. Barring Quartararo's 2021 win, Ducati riders have won every edition of the Italian Grand Prix since 2017, making Bastianini and Francesco 'Pecco' Bagnaia two of the top favorites to win the water.
In addition, two of the greatest Italian drivers in history, Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi, will be the special protagonists of this Grand Prix. Biaggi will be inducted into the Motorcycling Legends Hall of Fame, while the number 46 worn by Rossi in his car will be retired at Mugello. Between the two, they add 13 world championships and 157 victories.
Quartararo, champion in 2021 and fourth on the French track, is currently in first place in the standings, with 102 points; four ahead of Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia). Bastianini holds third position thanks to his three wins, followed by Álex Rins (Suzuki) and Jack Miller (Ducati). Joan Mir (Suzuki) is ninth and Marc Márquez (Honda), tenth.
In the last edition of the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix, Fabio Quartararo took a run to try to storm the title at the first change. He took pole position for the fourth consecutive track and no one was able to take the lead from him. After crossing the finish line on Sunday in first position, he was postulated as the main favorite to take the championship in the absence of consistent opponents, expectations that he would more than meet. However, the weekend at Mugello was also marked by the fatal accident of 19-year-old Moto3 rider Jason Dupasquier, which cost him his life.