MotoGP Italy, Race: Bagnaia Supreme as Bastianini Catches Martin Out


Jorge Martin leads the riders’ standings ahead of the MotoGP Italy Grand Prix which takes place this weekend in Mugello. Francesco Bagnaia arrives at his home race off the back of a victory in last week’s MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix, and comes to a circuit he has won at in each of his last three starts.

Grand Prix

Francesco Bagnaia won a drawn out lap time war in the 2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix, securing his first 37-point maximum of the season after his Sprint victory on Saturday.

Bagnaia grabbed the lead at the start, going from fifth on the grid to second at turn one, and then passing Jorge Martin at turn two. He pushed early to establish a half-second advantage, and managed from there.

Francesco Bagnaia leads 2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

On a couple of occasions, through a mixture of off-colour laps from Bagnaia and push laps from Martin, and vice versa, Bagnaia’s advantage ebbed between low points of around 0.3 seconds and high points of 0.8 or 0.9 seconds.

A 1:46.9 on lap 21 seemed to signal an issue for Bagnaia, and Martin came back to within 0.3 seconds of the #1, but Bagnaia responded with a 1:46.3 on lap 22, while Martin’s was 46.8.

That let Bagnaia off the hook, and he managed a relatively comfortable gap through the final lap to take his fourth Grand Prix victory of the season.

That penultimate lap spelled danger for Martin, though, as Enea Bastianini was now on his rear tyre, which was out of grip.

Martin’s final lap was a 1:47.0, while Bastianini’s was a 1:46.2. The Italian had been passed by Marc Marquez for third on lap 18, but the Spaniard never dropped him. Instead, Bastianini repassed the #93 at Scarperia on the penultimate lap, before closing on Martin.

The lateness of Bastianini’s charge meant he was limited on opportunities to make a pass for second place. In the end it was done in the last corner, as Martin ran slightly wide, and Bastianini cut through in the middle of the turn.

It meant a 1-2 for Ducati in their special one-off Maglia Azzuro livery, worn in support of the Italian national football team ahead of the Euro 2024 tournament.

Jorge Martin was forced to settle for third place, and he saw his championship lead – which was 39 points coming into this weekend – cut to 18 points.

Marc Marquez took fourth place, meaning this was the first Grand Prix he has missed the podium since he crashed out of the Grand Prix of the Americas in April.

Pedro Acosta was a distant fifth, running out of pace to challenge the leading Ducatis in the middle of the race. He was ahead of Franco Morbidelli, who resisted a mid-race push from Maverick Vinales to finish sixth.

Fabio Di Giannantonio overcame Vinales in the second half of the race for seventh, while Vinales – the only rider to choose the medium-compound rear tyre – took eighth. Alex Marquez and Brad Binder rounded out the top 10.

2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix | Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello | Grand Prix Result | Rd 7/21
Pos Rider Nat. MotoGP Team MotoGP Bike Timing
1 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 WIN
2 Enea Bastianini ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 0.799
3 Jorge Martin ESP Prima Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 0.924
4 Marc Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 2.064
5 Pedro Acosta ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 7.501
6 Franco Morbidelli ITA Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 9.890
7 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 10.076
8 Maverick Vinales ESP Aprilia Racing Aprila RS-GP 11.683
9 Alex Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 13.535
10 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 15.901
11 Aleix Espargaro ESP Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 19.182
12 Raul Fernandez ESP Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP 20.307
13 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 20.346
14 Miguel Oliveira POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP 23.292
15 Alex Rins ESP Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 23.613
16 Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 28.417
17 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 28.778
18 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 30.622
19 Johann Zarco FRA Castrol Honda LCR Honda RC213V 31.457
20 Luca Marini ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 32.310
21 Lorenzo Savadori ITA Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 46.724
DNF Takaaki Nakagami JAP Idemitsu Honda LCR Honda RC213V DNF
DNF Augusto Fernandez ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 DNF
DNF Joan Mir ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V DNF

Sprint

Francesco Bagnaia, 2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Francesco Bagnaia secured his first Sprint win of the season in Italy, beating Marc Marquez by over a second.

Bagnaia led from the start after nailing the launch from second on the grid. He initially managed a half-second lead to Jorge Martin, until the Spaniard was passed by his compatriot, Marc Marquez, on lap six.

Marquez was able to take time out of Bagnaia in some areas, but not so much that Bagnaia was unable to recover in others. Finally, a mistake from Marquez on the lap 10 at Scarperia allowed Bagnaia a second’s margin onto the final lap, a margin he didn’t let slip this time.

Jorge Martin should have been third, but he crashed out on lap eight at the first corner, and that promoted Pedro Acosta onto the podium.

Franco Morbidelli was fourth, his best result for Pramac, and was over two seconds clear of Maverick Vinales, who spent most of his Sprint trying to get around Brad Binder.

Binder’s pace was once again underwhelming, and he finished sixth thanks to his defensive abilities. Fabio Di Giannantonio, Alex Marquez, and Aleix Espargaro all finished within a second of the South African, the latter taking the final point. Raul Fernandez rounded out the top 10.

2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix | Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello | Sprint Result | Rd 7/21
Pos Rider Nat. MotoGP Team MotoGP Bike Timing
1 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 WIN
2 Marc Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 1.469
3 Pedro Acosta ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 4.147
4 Franco Morbidelli ITA Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 5.421
5 Maverick Vinales ESP Aprilia Racing Aprila RS-GP 7.693
6 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 8.271
7 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 8.571
8 Alex Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 8.846
9 Aleix Espargaro ESP Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 8.984
10 Raul Fernandez ESP Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP 10.085
11 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 10.199
12 Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 13.988
13 Alex Rins ESP Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 14.137
14 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 18.259
15 Johann Zarco FRA Castrol Honda LCR Honda RC213V 18.309
16 Takaaki Nakagami JAP Idemitsu Honda LCR Honda RC213V 19.374
17 Augusto Fernandez ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 23.060
18 Lorenzo Savadori ITA Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 24.596
19 Luca Marini ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 25.587
DNF Jorge Martin ESP Prima Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 DNF
DNF Enea Bastianini ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 DNF
DNF Miguel Oliveira POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP DNF
DNF Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 DNF
DNF Joan Mir ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V DNF

Qualifying

Jorge Martin set pole position with a new lap record for the Italian Grand Prix, in what turned out to be a somewhat anti-climactic session.

Martin’s lap record came on the first lap of his first run, a 1:44.504, which put him 0.043 seconds ahead of Francesco Bagnaia.

Bagnaia went early on his second run, but couldn’t improve, losing over a tenth to Martin in the final sector.

Marco Bezzecchi, 2024 MotoGP, Italian Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Martin’s second run also saw no improvement, and the same was true of everyone else who was really challenging for pole.

The biggest challenge to Martin came from Marc Marquez, who slipstreamed Raul Fernandez to turn one to start his lap, and was closing in on Franco Morbidelli for a tow to the line to end his lap. He was over 0.2 seconds up on Martin’s benchmark after the first half of the lap, but he crashed at Scarperia, and Martin’s pole was secure.

Francesco Bagnaia hung onto second place, which will mean he starts fifth for the Grand Prix tomorrow after his penalty for impeding Alex Marquez in Practice.

Maverick Vinales was on a potential pole position when he had a rear slide at the final corner. He qualified third in any case, which will be second for the Grand Prix.

Marc Marquez will be promoted to the front row when Bagnaia goes to fifth on Sunday, but will start fourth in the Sprint. Enea Bastianini, who qualified fifth, is the final rider to benefit from his factory Ducati teammate’s penalty, and will start fourth on Sunday.

Franco Morbidelli completes the second row, but was under the lap record in Q1, although he went slower in Q2.

Pedro Acosta heads up row three and was the only KTM rider in Q2. He is joined on the third row by Alex Marquez and Aleix Espargaro, while Alex Rins, Miguel Oliveira, and Raul Fernandez make up row four.

2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix | Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello | Qualifying Result | Rd 7/21
Pos Rider Nat. MotoGP Team MotoGP Bike Timing
1 Jorge Martin ESP Prima Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 1:44.504
2 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 1:44.547
3 Maverick Vinales ESP Aprilia Racing Aprila RS-GP 1:44.687
4 Marc Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 1:44.784
5 Enea Bastianini ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 1:44.880
6 Franco Morbidelli ITA Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 1:44.896
7 Pedro Acosta ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 1:45.028
8 Alex Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 1:45.208
9 Aleix Espargaro ESP Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:45.236
10 Alex Rins ESP Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:45.296
11 Miguel Oliveira POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:45.377
12 Raul Fernandez ESP Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:45.458
13 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:44.994
14 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 1:45.007
15 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:45.076
16 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 1:45.218
17 Joan Mir ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:45.728
18 Johann Zarco FRA Castrol Honda LCR Honda RC213V 1:45.813
19 Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:45.824
20 Augusto Fernandez ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 1:45.893
21 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:45.943
22 Lorenzo Savadori ITA Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.200
23 Takaaki Nakagami JAP Idemitsu Honda LCR Honda RC213V 1:46.265
24 Luca Marini ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:46.698

FP2

Francesco Bagnaia was fastest in Saturday morning’s pre-qualifying FP2 session, as only he and Marc Marquez were able to lap in the 1:45s.

Jorge Martin was the surprise of the session, finishing down in 15th, while his Pramac Ducati teammate Franco Morbidelli completed the top three.

Francesco Bagnaia, 2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Behind Morbidelli, Enea Bastianini and Pedro Acosta rounded out the top five, ahead of Maverick Vinales in sixth. Fabio Quartararo was seventh, ahead of Brad Binder, Alex Marquez, and Marco Bezzecchi who completed the top 10.

2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix | Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello | FP2 Result | Rd 7/21
Pos Rider Nat. MotoGP Team MotoGP Bike Timing
1 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 1:45.608
2 Marc Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 1:45.947
3 Franco Morbidelli ITA Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 1:46.036
4 Enea Bastianini ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 1:46.084
5 Pedro Acosta ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 1:46.099
6 Maverick Vinales ESP Aprilia Racing Aprila RS-GP 1:46.100
7 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:46.260
8 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:46.273
9 Alex Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 1:46.284
10 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 1:46.304
11 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 1:46.368
12 Aleix Espargaro ESP Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.430
13 Raul Fernandez ESP Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.476
14 Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:46.498
15 Jorge Martin ESP Prima Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 1:46.549
16 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:46.634
17 Alex Rins ESP Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:46.657
18 Miguel Oliveira POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.700
19 Augusto Fernandez ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 1:46.856
20 Takaaki Nakagami JAP Idemitsu Honda LCR Honda RC213V 1:47.099
21 Johann Zarco FRA Castrol Honda LCR Honda RC213V 1:47.213
22 Joan Mir ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:47.245
23 Lorenzo Savadori ITA Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:47.416
24 Luca Marini ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:47.468

Practice

Francesco Bagnaia put himself on top in Practice for the MotoGP Italian Grand Prix, the only rider to lap in the 1:44s.

Bagnaia was almost 0.3 seconds faster than second-placed Alex Rins, while Pedro Acosta rounded out the top three despite a crash at Biondetti.

Enea Bastianini, 2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose.

Miguel Oliveira was fourth, ahead of Marc Marquez, Enea Bastianini, Jorge Martin , Alex Marquez, Maverick Vinales, and Aleix Espargaro who completed the top 10.

2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix | Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello | PR Result | Rd 7/21
Pos Rider Nat. MotoGP Team MotoGP Bike Timing
1 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 1:44.938
2 Alex Rins ESP Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:45.211
3 Pedro Acosta ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 1:45.326
4 Miguel Oliveira POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:45.340
5 Marc Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 1:45.345
6 Enea Bastianini ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 1:45.403
7 Jorge Martin ESP Prima Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 1:45.405
8 Alex Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 1:45.412
9 Maverick Vinales ESP Aprilia Racing Aprila RS-GP 1:45.424
10 Aleix Espargaro ESP Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:45.461
11 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:45.480
12 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 1:45.650
13 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:45.698
14 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 1:45.729
15 Franco Morbidelli ITA Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 1:45.759
16 Raul Fernandez ESP Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:45.784
17 Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:45.798
18 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:46.078
19 Takaaki Nakagami JAP Idemitsu Honda LCR Honda RC213V 1:46.079
20 Johann Zarco FRA Castrol Honda LCR Honda RC213V 1:46.514
21 Joan Mir ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:46.584
22 Lorenzo Savadori ITA Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.740
23 Augusto Fernandez ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 1:46.874
24 Luca Marini ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:47.062

FP1

Maverick Vinales was fastest in MotoGP FP1 at the Italian Grand Prix, ahead of former Yamaha teammate Fabio Quartararo, and Franco Morbidelli.

Pedro Acosta was fourth despite a late crash as Scarperia, while Jorge Martin and Marc Marquez set identical lap times in fifth and sixth.

Aleix Espargaro was seventh, ahead of Alex Rins, who made it two Yamahas in the top 10.

Francesco Bagnaia was eighth-fastest until his 1:46.657 was deleted, his remaining fastest lap of a 1:46.790 put him ninth. Alex Marquez rounded out the top 10.

2024 MotoGP Italian Grand Prix | Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello | FP1 Result | Rd 7/21
Pos Rider Nat. MotoGP Team MotoGP Bike Timing
1 Maverick Vinales ESP Aprilia Racing Aprila RS-GP 1:46.140
2 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:46.328
3 Franco Morbidelli ITA Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 1:46.428
4 Pedro Acosta ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 1:46.459
5 Jorge Martin ESP Prima Pramac Racing Ducati GP24 1:46.587
6 Marc Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 1:46.587
7 Aleix Espargaro ESP Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.590
8 Alex Rins ESP Monster Energy Yamaha Yamaha YZR-M1 1:46.719
9 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 1:46.790
10 Alex Marquez ESP Gresini Racing Ducati GP23 1:46.816
11 Raul Fernandez ESP Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:46.911
12 Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:47.016
13 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 1:47.108
14 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:47.116
15 Pol Espargaro ESP Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM RC16 1:47.133
16 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Pertamina Enduro VR46 Ducati GP23 1:47.197
17 Miguel Oliveira POR Trackhouse Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:47.291
18 Enea Bastianini ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati GP24 1:47.296
19 Luca Marini ITA Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:47.582
20 Augusto Fernandez ESP Red Bull GasGas Tech3 KTM RC16 1:47.586
21 Takaaki Nakagami JAP Idemitsu Honda LCR Honda RC213V 1:47.742
22 Joan Mir ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V 1:47.812
23 Johann Zarco FRA Castrol Honda LCR Honda RC213V 1:47.904
24 Lorenzo Savadori ITA Aprilia Racing Aprilia RS-GP 1:48.112



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