Bend the knee to the King: Enea Bastianini debuts on MotoGP wins at Losail

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History was written for Gresini Racing in Qatar. Enea Bastianini makes his debut to win in MotoGP in a race of great level and growing for the rider, on a day where Brad Binder was second and Pol Espargaró third. This victory means the return to the wins to the italian team, which didn't happen since 2006 with Toni Elias.

A strong start for the Honda duo, with Pol Espargaró in the lead and Marc Márquez in second. Brad Binder was third, ahead of Enea Bastianini and Joan Mir. Aleix Espargaró, Fabio Quartararo, Jorge Martín, Jack Miller and Alex Rins closed access to the top ten in the initial phase of the race, with Francesco Bagnaia, runner-up in the world, being 14th.

After the first lap, less than a second separated the top five.

After two laps, Bastianini was the owner of the fastest lap and the only one below 55 seconds, with a time of 1:54.953. Pol Espargaró led with 0.26s over M. Márquez, and B. Binder was in turn 0.16s behind the former world champion.

Mir meanwhile moved up to fourth place, and Bagnaia, three laps after the start, was already in the top ten. Marco Bezzecchi was the best among the rookies, in 13th, behind Miguel Oliveira and with Jack Miller leaning against him.

Five laps completed at Losail and so was the top ten:

Soon after, Brad Binder passed Márquez and ascended to second place, and it wasn't long before Bastianini repeated the feat and reached third. In one minute the #93 lost two positions and had Mir at 0.27s.

Note for Darryn Binder, rookie and making his MotoGP debut (after jumping from Moto3), who was ahead of veteran and Qatari specialist Andrea Dovizioso, his teammate: the South African was 18th, and Dovizioso 19th th.

Different luck for Miller, who headed to the team's garage, and Bezzecchi was the first to crash of this year.

Shortly after, confirmation came that Miller was out of the race.

With 13 laps to go, Alex Márquez ended his race prematurely after a crash. It was the third time during the weekend that the spaniard had felt qatari soil.

At the front, the youngest of the Espargaró brothers led by half a second over B. Binder, with the #33 gradually making up time for the leader of the race.

Miguel Oliveira, was also rising in the standings and was 11th, 0.8s from Quartararo.

Succession of crashes in a row, first with Alex Márquez and then Miguel Oliveira:

Soon after, two heavyweights also hit the ground after Bagnaia lost control of the bike and dragged Mártin with him:

The race continued, now with the top rearranged like this: Pol Espargaró, Brad Binder, Enea Bastianini, Marc Márquez, Aleix Espargaró, Joan Mir, Alex Rins, Fabio Quartararo, Johann Zarco and Takaaki Nakagami.

With factory Ducati out, it was Bastianini's best hope at this stage for Ducati, with the Italian riding last year's version of the Desmosedici now beating Binder to second in the race. Pol Espargaro led by 0.9s.

With seven laps to go, this was the top five:

A. Espargaró meanwhile was putting strong pressure on Marc Márquez, who had a small mistake and was losing time to the spaniard, who held the position, while at the front Bastianini accelerated and with all sectors in red he made the best lap so far and arrives in second place, at the same time that the #41 confirmed its rise to fourth place. Five laps to go in the race.

Bastianini was close, very close to Pol Espargaró, with 0.088s separating the front pair and already on the straight to the finish Bastianini was first. Pol Espargaró made a mistake right away, in the next corner, went wide and also lost second place. Binder in second and Espargaró brothers in third and fourth.

Uncertainty reigned over who would be on the podium but there was almost one certainty: only a disaster would prevent Bastianini from winning the race in Qatar. Gresini's Italian was 1.3s ahead of Binder.

Pol Espargaró was giving everything to stay on the podium but his brother Aleix was 0.39s away.

Last lap and all open but no changes. Bastianini is MotoGP winner in Qatar!

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