A week after the first success of his career in Moto GP, in Aragon, the Italian Francesco Bagnaia did it again this Sunday.

The 24-year-old Ducati rider won the Grand Prix of San Marino in Misano, ahead of Fabio Quartararo, on Yamaha.

The 22-year-old Frenchman remains the solid leader of the world championship after 14 out of 18 rounds, with 48 points ahead of Bagnaia, who grabbed him 5 units at Misano.

Starting from pole position, the Italian saw Quartararo return irreparably, starting third, in the last laps.

But he was able to resist until the end, keeping 364 / 1000th of a second ahead of the finish, to prevent the Frenchman from winning the 6th this season.

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Another Transalpine, Enea Bastianini (Ducati-Avintia) took 3rd place, his first podium in the premier class.

“It was so difficult, I lost a lot of time at the start.

I gave the maximum, I wanted the victory ”, explained Quartararo.

“But 'Pecco' was stronger, congratulations to him.

In any case we did the job and we still have 48 points ahead so let's stay calm.

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A two-man battle for the title

Bagnaia is his last rival on the road to a first world title because behind, the Spanish Joan Mir (Suzuki), title holder, is 67 points behind, and the other Frenchman Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac) is now 93 lengths behind his compatriot.

Mir and Zarco finished 6th and 12th respectively on Sunday.

Marc Marquez (Honda) and Jack Miller (Ducati), who started second on the grid, finished 4th and 5th.

In front of his fans, limited to 23,000 due to the health crisis, Valentino Rossi took 17th place.

The Italian motorcycle legend will retire at the end of the season, at the age of 42.

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