The Ducati triple win in Valencia, Rossi said goodbye to tenth place

Author of the article: , published on November 14, 2021.

Francesco Bagnaia crowned the 2021 season in last year's MotoGP race with another victory, and Ducati's success was complemented by Jorge Martin, who rightfully won the title of rookie of the season, and Jack Miller, who made the Italian motorcycle manufacturer celebrate his the first triple victory, with which the Ducati factory team won the title of champion among the teams. But Bagnaie’s victory and Ducati’s celebration was overshadowed by the farewell of MotoGP legend, Valentino Rossi. The Doctor received an emotional farewell from racing on two wheels after winning tenth place in his last race as a regular racer.

Jorge Martin started the race perfectly from the best starting position, but in the second lap he attacked it and briefly overtook Miller, who had to leave the lead again to the young racer, and then another to Joan Mir.

Rossi started the race in tenth place and won one, which he soon lost again to Johann Zarc. In the foreground, Bagnaia overtook Mira for second place, and the champion of the 2020 season then slipped to fourth place when teammate Alex Rins drove past him. The Spaniard on the Suzuki then also challenged Bagnaio.

Fabio Quartararo, this season’s champion, attacked Miller and took fifth place, with Rossi successfully following Brad Binder and Johann Zarc until Enea Bastianini overtook him and pushed him to eleventh place.

Takaaki Nakagami ended the season with another fall. The Japanese was the first of the racers to find himself on the ground, while in the lead Martin continued to lead sovereignly. Bagnaia overtook Rins in second place, and the Suzuki racer fell and resigned in the eleventh lap.

Bagnaia prepared an attack for the lead and carried it out in the final corner, then set the fastest lap time in the race and gave Martin a four-tenths of a second lead. Miller caught up with Mira behind them and overtook him nine laps before the end of the race with late braking in the second corner. The Australian then also caught up with the leading pair and almost caught them in the penultimate lap, but Martin then responded to the attack and set a new best lap time, defending his second place.

Peace was defended by a late attack by Quartararo, who remained fifth, while Zarco, Binder Bastianini, Aleix Espargaro, and Rossi also finished in the top ten.