Jorge Martin takes a breathtaking win in Mugello with a mere 0.04 second gap between himself and his fellow podium finishers.
Blink and you miss it! Magic Martin’s luck has finally taken a positive turn as he takes an outstanding win in the Italian hills and it was obvious how much it meant to him as the Spaniard described the race as ‘very tough’ but ‘really important after two zeros’, referencing the Jerez and Le Mans DNFs where he was victim to two crashes.
Marco Bezzecchi and Fabio Di Gianantonio didn’t disappoint their home crowd with a three-man fight for victory to the finish line. With a gap of 0.04 seconds between the three, it really was anyone’s race to the very end. Bezzecchi clinched the second place spot after a tremendous fight throughout the race. When interviewed, the Italian admitted he was ‘in trouble (because there was) so much movement in the front end… (but) very happy after Le Mans race to get a podium’.
A beaming Di Gianantonio was obviously happy with his performance and the memories of Le Mans had been pushed to the very back of his mind. ‘It’s a podium here in Mugello so let’s party’ said the three-time Mugello podium finisher, showing his optimist nature. The Italian moved into third in the championship standings with a gap of 8 points covering the top three.
The top three kept the crowds and audience at home on the edge of their seats from the very start as Di Gianantonio made up three places into third and Bezzecchi moved into second as Tatsuki Suzuki and Ayumu Sasaki were swallowed up by the pack. Martin had a flying start, putting a gap of half a second between himself and Bezzecchi but wasn’t able to maintain it for long as Di Gianantonio and Bezzecchi fought hard with one another for second position, cutting the gap down to 0.291 during lap two.
Adam Norrodin was left shaken after a high side crash at turn five that completely destroyed his Petronas Sprinta Racing bike. Replay footage showed that Norrodin clipped the elbow of Suzuki on his way down but thankfully, Suzuki was able to stay upright. Dennis Foggia’s first race on home soil ended early with a retirement with 14 laps to go, a disappointing end to a disappointing weekend for the Italian rookie.
With 11 laps left, Bezzecchi had a moment at turn 15, a mistake that could have been costly but he was able to get the bike back under control and he carried on to run in third position. Nicolo Bulega was running in an impressive ninth position, a season-best for him but he wasn’t able to hold onto the position for very long, dropping back substantially.
We’re all used to seeing the wildlife hanging around on the edges of the track but Martin had a ‘hare-raising’ moment with a local resident of the furry variety. The Spaniard narrowly missed a horrible incident with a wild hare as it scampered across the track. The hare had obviously been watching Jakub Kornfeil’s antics in Le Mans as it gained some air before running off away from the track.
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Jaume Masia was the third non-finisher of the race after a collision with his Bester Capitol Dubai teammate and Le Mans podium finisher Marco Ramirez with only four laps remaining. Masia tried to take the inside on Ramirez but as he flicked the bike, Ramirez clipped Masia who tumbled off. Suzuki’s disastrous race went from bad to worse with a one place drop due to exceeding track limits with only two laps remaining. The Japanese rider’s weekend had started so well with a second place start but he was swallowed up by the pack early on and was unable to fight back.
Gabriel Rodrigo brought his RBA BOE Skull Rider bike home in fourth with last year’s Mugello winner Andrea Migno in fifth. Enea Bastianini put in a blistering performance and kept out of trouble to make up eight positions, finishing in sixth ahead of Argentina pole man Tony Arbolino who took his season-best finish with seventh.
Leopard Racing’s Lorenzo Dalla Porta finished in an impressive eight position, taking home some much-needed points whilst Niccolo Antonelli finished his home race in ninth. Wildcard Manuel Pagliani finished in 10th whilst Aron Canet finished in 11th after dropping back several places due to a Marquez style save at turn 11 during the final lap. John McPhee ended in 12th, making up seven places from his qualifying position whilst Daryn Binder finished in 13th.
Le Mans winner Albert Arenas wasn’t able to reenact his outstanding performance, only managing 14th with fellow podium finisher Ramirez in 15th. The two Japanese front row starters, Sasaki and Suzuki, were unable to hold onto their qualifying positions, dropping back very early on and finishing in 16th and 17th respectively. Alonso Lopez had a shocker of a weekend with a horrible qualifying performance but was able to make up eight positions to end in 18th. Another man who suffered this weekend was Jerez winner Philipp Oettl as he only managed 19th alongside Kaito Toba in 20th.
Bulega’s season appeared to be turning around as he was running in ninth position but, once again, he was unable to hold onto a decent result and finished in 21st. Kazuki Masaki finished in 22nd with Kornfeil in 23rd and Livio Loi in 24th. Nakarin Atiratphuvapat was the final man to finish the race in 25th. Makar Yurkencho, wild-card Stefano Nepa, Foggia, Masia and Norrodin were all non-finishers with two crashes and three retirements.
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Martin’s luck seems to be on the turn and the championship is still very much open. Can the Spaniard bring this back or will it be an Italian civil war as Bezzecchi and Di Gianantonio scrap it out?
Next up, Barcelona. Things can only get hotter under the Catalan sun.