MotoGP: Bastianini wins in Malaysia, Bagnaia increases his lead over Martin

The Italian Enea Bastianini (Ducati) won the Malaysian MotoGP Grand Prix this Sunday ahead of the Spaniard Alex Marquez (Ducati-Gresini) and the Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), who increased his lead at the head of the World Championship on the Spaniard Jorge Martin (Ducati-Pramac), fourth in Sepang. On the French side, Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), starting from 8th place, was one of the leaders of the race, author of several overtakes. He took 5th place while Johann Zarco (Pramac) never managed to escape from the second part of the peloton and was content with 12th place.

Bagnaia, the reigning world champion, grabbed three more points than his runner-up, who he now leads by 14 lengths while there are 74 points left to distribute during the last two rounds of the season scheduled in Qatar and Valencia. over the next two weekends.

Despite a bad start, the Turinese, who started in pole position, did the good thing of the day while Martin, who took two points from him on Saturday during the sprint, was not able to follow the lead. hellish pace of the Ducati on Sunday and leaves Sepang one point more behind than when he arrived in Malaysia.

Third during almost the entire race, Bagnaia responded firmly the two times Martin overtook him at the start of the race by passing him again in stride before escaping irretrievably and managing the second half of the race to perfection. .

Bastianini, his teammate, scored the fifth victory of his career in MotoGP, the first in 14 months and a success in Aragon. The 2020 Moto2 world champion, author of a catastrophic season disrupted by injuries, suffered a major blow as rumors announced that he could lose his handlebars in 2024 to Martin.


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