Until the last breath: Bagnaia beats Bastianini by 34 thousandths in Dovizioso's farewell to MotoGP

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The MotoGP race at Misano was a spectacle for all to see. Pecco Bagnaia won by mere milliseconds over the line from Enea Bastianini, with Maverick Viñales back on the podium as Andrea Dovizioso said goodbye.

It was with 56981 people in the stands at the circuit in Misano that the race started. Jack Miller got the holeshot, with three riders crashing at the first turn: Michele Pirro, Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco. Here is the start of the race:

Miller, Enea Bastianini, Pecco Bagnaia, Maverick Viñales and Marco Bezzecchi were the top five in the early stages of the race, with Aleix Espargaro and Luca Marini completing the top seven.

On the second lap, more drama: Jack Miller was in the gravel and lost the lead of the race to Bastianini. Viñales was third in this crazy start to the race. Bezzecchi was the next to go, with Marini closing out the group of four riders leading the race.

Bagnaia wasted no time and moved to first, with Viñales following him and reaching second, relegating Bastianini to third in a few corners. World leader Fabio Quartararo was sixth over the course of the fourth lap.

Andrea Dovizioso, who was on the last race of his MotoGP career as a full-time rider, was 12th after the first six laps. Ahead, a mistake by Aleix Espargaro, who had gone wide in a corner, allowed Quartararo to overtake, who was approaching the leaders. He reached fifth place and had between him and fourth, Luca Marini, about eight tenths of a second:

After ten laps, Bagnaia was leading with Viñales at two tenths of a second. Bastianini and Marini were in that room group. Less than half a second divided the fourth from the first, at a stage in which Viñales received a warning for going over the limits of the track. More than six tenths of a second behind was Quartararo, in fifth, looking to join the race at the head.

Marini was battling Bastianini for third place with 12 laps to go at a time when Viñales ahead of him was setting the best lap on two consecutive laps and putting more and more pressure on the leader, who was holding up the Aprilia spaniard's attacks.

With ten laps to go, this was the top ten, closed by Miguel Oliveira:

Marini was starting to lose contact with the leading trio and Bastianini was keeping up with Viñales, completing the overtake with eight laps to go. In front of him, Bagnaia made no mistakes and remained in the lead:

At the start of the last five laps Quartararo was almost a second and a half behind Marini, and only a mistake from the front would give him the opportunity to fight for the podium. Viñales, for his part, seemed to lose his breath after being beaten by Bastianini and saw the Ducati duo in front of him slip away more and more.

Bagnaia beat the best lap time with three laps to go but Bastianini seemed to be just waiting for the right moment to attack first place, being able to fight back every move of his compatriot and colleague at the VR46 Academy.

The focus turned, with two laps to go, to two duels: for the lead and for fourth place, since Quartararo was really close to Marini. At this stage Oliveira was sanctioned with a Long Lap, for exceeding the track limits.

Bastianini made a mistake on the last lap, at turn four, but secured second place and lost the victory at the top of the line, with a delay of a mere 34 milliseconds! Also noteworthy was the podium of Maverick Viñales and above all for the 12th of Andrea Dovizioso, who almost equaled his best result this season in the race in which he said goodbye to MotoGP as a full-time rider.

This is how the race ended:

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