Fabio Quartararo wins the emotional Italian Grand Prix at Mugello
A minute’s silence preceded the Mugello race in memory of Swiss teenager Jason Dupasquier, who died from a fall during Moto3 qualifying on Saturday.
When the lights went out at the start of the 23-lap race, the poleman Quartararo was the first on the outside, but the power of the Lenovo Ducati put Pecco Bagnaia in first place in the first corner, followed by Johann Zarco of Pramac Ducati third.
On the second lap, the race for the lead took a dramatic turn as Bagnaia crashed at Turn 9 leaving Quartararo’s Yamaha in the lead ahead of Zarco.
Zarco took his turn in the lead in the third round but Quartarao fought back in the fifth round and immediately opened the gap. A few laps later Miguel Oliveira on the KTM was on Zarco’s back with the Suzuki of Alex Rins and Joan Mir, making life difficult for Ducati’s Jack Miller in fourth position.
Rins and Mir faced Miller in the eighth round and set their sights on Zarco and Oliveira in second. In the 18th round, Mir and his teammate Rins finished third and fourth, but Rins fell for the fourth time this year.
Quartararo won by almost three seconds from Oliveira with defending champion Mir third. Quartararo has now extended its lead in the championship to 105 points – 24 ahead of Zarco.
“In short, there was a lot of emotion today,” said Quartararo.
“It was an amazing day for us, but it was so hard to stay focused. Honestly, I don’t know how I was able to keep up this pace because with every lap you do, you think of Jason Dupasquier. It’s not an easy thing to do and I think all the riders rode for him.
Remy Gardner won the Moto2 race as Sam Lowes came out of second place with six laps to go. Jake Dixon finished 14th.
Dennis Foggia was a popular winner of his home Grand Prix in the Moto3 race.
A message from the editor:
Thanks for reading this story on our site. While I have your attention, I also have an important request for you.
With the coronavirus lockdown having a major impact on many of our advertisers – and therefore the revenue we receive – we are more dependent than ever on your getting a digital subscription.
Subscribe to newsletter.co.uk and enjoy unlimited access to the best news and information from Northern Ireland and the UK online and on our app. With a digital subscription, you can read more than five articles, see fewer ads, enjoy faster load times, and access exclusive newsletters and content. Click here to subscribe.
Our journalism costs money and we rely on advertising, print and digital revenues to support them. By supporting us we are able to help you provide reliable and verified content for this website.