French Grand Prix MotoGP winner Marco Bezzecchi said he expected a penalty for aggressively overtaking Marco Marquez, who he pushed off the track before charging into the lead to win. The VR46 rider started the race from the third starting row and made his way a few places ahead at the start, then after the fall of Maverick Vinales and Francesco Bagnaia he found the speed with which he passed Marquez and Jorge Martin to the lead. But even before that, he had to give up one place for his aggressive maneuver, which he expected. "I completely agree with the penalty and I expected it. I didn't plan to overtake, but I made a braking mistake and braked about three meters too late. When I saw that I wouldn't be able to slow down enough, I drove to the inside of the corner to avoid b
Marco Bezzecchi is the winner of the MotoGP race for the French Grand Prix, and Jorge Martin finished the race on the podium after a close fight with Marco Marquez. After a great performance in second place, Marquez fell and retired. Local Johann Zarco was third. The race was marked by a collision between Maverick Vinales and Francesco Bagnaia, and a collision between Alex Marquez and Luca Marini. This year's rookie Augusto Fernandez drove an excellent race, finishing in fourth place. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1657728494091001859 Marc Marquez took the lead at the first corner of the 27-lap race, followed by Jack Miller ahead of Luca Marini, Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin. Already in the second lap, Marquez and Miller changed places several times, and Martin did n
Franco Morbidelli will have to take an extended lap at Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix after the stewards penalized him for reckless driving that caused Alex Marquez to fall. In the first lap of the race, the Yamaha rider overtook Marquez on the inside, with whom he also scored and both ended up on the ground. Marco Bezzecchi then crashed into the sliding motorcycle and also fell, while the fourth victim of the fall was Augusto Fernandez. Yamaha appealed the penalty, but the judges rejected the appeal.
MotoGP teams should stick to the prescribed tire pressures this season. The prescribed values are 1.9 bar in the front tire and 1.7 bar in the rear. A pressure lower than this should bring a penalty to the racer from the race in Jerez onwards, but it seems that the prescribed values will continue to be only a guide, and despite measuring the pressure during the race, there will be no penalty for offenders for now. Franco Morbidelli said that the uncertainty about when and if penalties will be imposed has an impact on the course of the championship, and that these matters should be clarified. "There is quite a bit of uncertainty about that," said the Yamaha racer. "We should be more clear about that. I don't have much information, maybe it's better that way, otherwise I'd be even more bitter. The situation is very unclear, and I don't like that." Morbidelli said she should be right
Despite the sixth place in yesterday's race, Marco Bezzecchi managed to increase the overall lead. He is 11 points ahead of the nearest Bagnaj. As he emphasized after the race, he does not bother with scoring. "Of course I'm happy to keep the overall lead, but I don't think too much about it because it's still too early to think about fighting for the title." However, he had quite a few problems yesterday, especially in the second half of the test, when he could not fight for places at the top, as he wore out the front tire too quickly. "I'm happy with my performance this weekend. We had a lot of problems on Friday, then we did a little bit better on Saturday. But today the conditions were such that you make a mistake quickly. In the opening part I pushed my bike too much, set lap times around
MotoGP World Championship points leader Marco Bezzecchi said it feels strange when he fights with his friends from the VR46 Academy, so he prefers to clash with rivals who are not his friends. Bezzecchi is no stranger to duels with Francesco Bagnaia, Luca Marini and Franco Morbidelli, at least as far as the dirt track at Valentino Rossi's Ranch is concerned, but rival bikes have made friends become rivals on the MotoGP track as well. The Italian took the lead in the championship standings with victory in Argentina, his first of his career and the first for the VR46 team, and although he says he is not thinking about fighting for the 2023 title yet, he did talk about competing with other members of Rossi's academy. "To be honest, I prefer to see my rivals not as my friends. But with Pecca
Marco Bezzecchi says he is not thinking about fighting for the world title for now. Reigning world champion Francesca Bagnaia's crash at the main event in Argentina allowed Bezzecchi to take the championship lead by nine points after the first two race weekends. In 2022, Gresini Ducati satellite racer Enea Bastianini won four times and was in the fight for the championship until the penultimate race. Asked if he could now consider himself a title challenger as a Ducati satellite, Bezzecchi said: "Maybe it's a little too early." "I'm not thinking about it," he said of his title chances. "I think it's still a bit early. It's only the second weekend. "Now we're going to go to Austin, which is a very challenging track that Marc [Marquez] is used to
With Sunday's premier victory, Marco Bezzecchi ensured the continuation of the trend that has been going on since the 2019 season. In each of these seasons, we got a new winner of the MotoGP race. 2018 was thus the last year when only those who already had a victory in the elite class on their account won. In the 2019 season, Alex Rins and Danilo Petrucci achieved their first victories. Let us remind you that the Spaniard celebrated in Austin, while the Italian celebrated in his native Mugello. In 2020, when the world was marked by the coronavirus pandemic, as many as five racers stepped onto the top step of the podium for the first time. They were Brad Binder, Fabio Quartararo, Franco Morbidelli, Joan Mir and Miguel Oliveira. In 2021, Francesco Bagnaja and Jorge Martin succeeded in doing so. And last year to Aleix Espargaro
Marco Bezzecchi thanked his mentor and role model Valentino Rossi after his first victory in the elite class. As he emphasized, he would not have been able to achieve this result without his help and support. Bezzecchi already showed good form in Portimao when he finished third in Sunday's race. He rested even better in Argentina. Already on Saturday, he took second place in the sprint race. He probably would have won by then if the race had lasted just a lap longer. That's why he brought himself and the team their first victory with a dominating performance on Sunday. "Fantastic, it's something that can't be described. It's been a long road for me, but finally this moment has arrived. When I saw the rain in the morning I was angry, because I felt very good in the dry." "But in the warm-up I was very fast and confident that's why
Marco Bezzecchi is the sovereign winner of the second race of the season in Argentina. The Italian achieved his first victory in the elite class after taking the lead in the opening lap and then leaving his rivals far behind. With the win and a zero for Bagnaje, Bezzecchi also took the lead in the overall standings. Johann Zarco and Alex Marquez joined him on the podium. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1642585413981175809 Franco Morbidelli finished in fourth place ahead of Jorge Martin and Jack Miller. The Australian won as many as ten places in the race. After a collision with Takaaki Nakagami in the opening lap, Fabio Quartararo slid all the way to the start and then managed to make it to seventh place. Luca Marini was eighth, while Alex Rins and Fabio Di Giannant completed the top ten
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