Bagnaia holds off Quartararo to win at San Marino

Ducati Lenovo Team's Francesco Bagnaia celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano, Italy  September 19, 2021  — Reuters pic
Ducati Lenovo Team's Francesco Bagnaia celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, Misano, Italy September 19, 2021 — Reuters pic

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MISANO ADRIATICO (ITALY), Sept 19 — Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia survived a late charge from world championship leader Fabio Quartararo to win the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday and claim a second straight MotoGP victory.

Pole-sitter Bagnaia led by 2.7 seconds at one stage before Quartararo closed the gap in the final laps, cutting the Italian’s lead to two-tenths of a second.

Rookie Enea Bastianini of Avintia Ducati enjoyed a superb race to secure a podium finish after starting 12th on the grid. Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez finished fourth. — Reuters

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