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The big story 💥: Bagnaia wins at San Marino

Francisco Bagnaia has won his second MotoGP race in a row at San Marino.

The key developments:

  • Bagnaia immediately built the gap from his teammate, while behind him Jorge Martin was attacking Quartararo for third. The battle ended soon though, as Martin fell off his bike.
  • Tire wear proved to be Bagnaia’s disadvantage as Quartararo was closing the gap in the final stages of the race. With 2 laps to go, the Yamaha rider was less than half a second away from the leader. However, it was Bagnaia who came victorious in the end.

What he had to say:

  • “I was terrified in the last six laps to make the same error as last year, because I was thinking ‘don’t crash’ at turn 6,” Bagnaia said.
  • “For me, this [San Marino GP] one [was harder], because this one is a shorter track with more laps and it’s more difficult physically, because you don’t have time to relax.”

Read the full recap here.


Repercussions: Mir ‘angry’ at MotoGP title loss

Joan Mir admits being “angry” at losing his chances for the MotoGP title has he believes he is “a better rider.”

Why it matters: The recent results from the reigning World Champion have placed him too far in the points from the lead.

Details:

  • Quartararo’s advantage to Mir is now of 67 points, something hard to recover from with only 4 races left in the calendar.
  • Mir admitted being angry because he believes his potential this year was better than in the 2020 season.

What he had to say:

  • “I’m a bit angry because I know my potential of this year and I’m angry because I’m riding better, I’m making less mitakes, I’m a better rider and I will not get the championship.”
  • “It’s difficult to understand. But, what also I have to say is making me happy is Suzuki going in the same direction.”

Red Bull Powertrains “gathering pace” 🏎️

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said their new power units department, ‘Red Bull Powertrains’, is now “gathering pace.”

The talking point: Honda is leaving Formula 1 by the end of the 2021 season in order to comply with their new carbon-neutrality plan. However, the Japanese manufacturer has allowed Red Bull to use their technology until 2025.

Because of this decision, the Austrian squad decided to create Red Bull Powertrains, a new department that is in charge of developing both Red Bull’s and AlphaTauri’s power units.

What he had to say:

  • “The Red Bull Powertrains project is gathering pace with every week. The construction is on target and it’s great to see the building really taking shape.”
  • “We’re attracting some great talent and we also have a strong youth policy to bring in some graduates and students into the program.”

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