Spanish GP: Ducati scores first 1-2 victory since 2018

By sep, 03 May 2021

All eyes were set on Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) winning the Spanish MotoGP round in Jerez, Spain, but a sudden arm pump issue saw him dropped from the first spot all the down to P13 as he crossed the chequered flag. The Ducatis were strong, but no one expected them to win in such a strong fashion as Jack Miller (Ducati Team) clocked in his first win since 2016 followed by his teammate, Francesco Bagnaia, in second place.

It's a special moment in Jerez considering the fact that this is his first win in dry as well as his first upon joining the Ducati factory squad. It's also the first time Ducati has won in Jerez since 2006, as well as the Italian manufacturer's first 1-2 finish since Brno 2018. A lot of firsts, but none sweeter than seeing Miller taking it home after a disappointing start to the 2021 season.

The last spot on the podium was taken by Petronas Yamaha SRT's Franco Morbidelli, showing once again that he's the man to beat on the Yamaha YZR-M1, even though it's a bike that's two years older compared to the other three factory bikes on the grid (Maverick Vinales P7, Quartararo P13, and Valentino Rossi in P17). Someone give this man a proper factory bike, please.

The rest of the top 10 finishers in the 2021 Spanish GP were Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) in P4 (also top Honda man for this round), Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) in P5, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) in P6, Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) in P8, and the two Repsol Honda duos, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro in P9 and P10 respectively.

Due to the unfortunate turn of events for Fabio Quartararo, the championship in now led by Francesco Bagnaia with 66 points, followed by the Quartararo with 64 points, and Maverick Vinales in third with 50 points. The MotoGP grid will be on the road once again before making its way to Le Mans, France for the Shark Grand Prix de France from 14-16 May 2021.

Image source: MotoGP

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