Enter your email to read this article
Read news on any topic, in one place, from publishers like The Economist, FT, Bloomberg and more.

Bagnaia wins in Silverstone, pole-sitter Zarco goes from 'hero to zero'

Ducati Lenovo's Italian rider Francesco Bagnaia . ©AFP

Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Italian rider Francesco Bagnaia won the British MotoGP on Sunday after pole-sitter Johann Zarco crashed out while Fabio Quartararo retained the championship lead despite finishing out of the top five.

Ducati rider Bagnaia moves up to third in the world championship after his second Grand Prix victory in a row following the Dutch MotoGP before the five-week summer recess.

Spaniard Maverick Vinales was second on an Aprilia and Bagnaia's Australian teammate Jack Miller third.

Pole man Zarco was the big loser as the French rider hit the deck on his satellite Ducati bike on the fifth lap while leading as he chased his first victory in the top category.

After 12 of 20 races this season Yamaha's Quartararo, who came in eighth, has 180 points, 22 clear of Spaniard Aleix Espargaro, the Aprilia rider who was ninth, and 49 on Bagnaia. 

Zarco, 32, dropped two places after the latest of a series of mishaps this season and is now fifth overall behind Italian Enea Bastianini.

Upset at his misfortune he watched from the pits as Bagnaia took a victory he had so fervently hoped would be his.

"I had no luck," shrugged the disconsolate two-time Moto2 world champion.

"The high temperatures forced me to race with a medium front tyre.It was a good choice as 'Pecco' won with it but it seems it was the reason for my crash, it had less grip," the 32-year-old reported.

"You can go from hero to zero in no time at all.But I don't want to get down, I've had an interesting time and it's good to continue to aim high," added Zarco, who had claimed the prime grid positon after a new track record in qualifying on Saturday.

Misfortune

To win, Bagnaia played a game of patience, sure of the strength of his factory Ducati. 

After a good start from the second row, he benefitted from Zarco's misfortune to position himself behind Spaniard Alex Rins, who led briefly.

On his first attempt, the Italian was able to overtake Suzuki rider Rins and took off. 

He held off Aprilia's Vinales who overtook him before regaining his lead to seal his eighth win in the premier category. 

For defending champion Quartararo the race was made more complicated by a 'long lap' penalty for a collision with Espargaro at Assen last time out.

While he was in second place behind Zarco, this handicap made him drop to fifth.

"After the 'long lap' I rejoined behind several riders and couldn't do anything about it," said France's defending world champion

"I don't know whether I would have won but I certainly could have finished higher without the penalty.

"We've now lost the last two races, 'Pecco' is now much more competitive in the title fight.He's the man of the moment."

Austria stages the next roll of the MotoGP dice on August 21.

Related Stories
Bagnaia wins British MotoGP after pole-sitter Zarco crashes
Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Italian rider Francesco Bagnaia won the British MotoGP on Sunday with championship leader Fabio Quartararo…
From analysis to the latest developments in health, read the most diverse news in one place.
MotoGP British GP: Bagnaia clinches victory as Quartararo and Espargaro struggle
Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia took victory in a tense MotoGP British Grand Prix to reignite his title charge as Fabio Quartararo…
Silverstone MotoGP: Bagnaia holds off Vinales in late duel to win
Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia took victory in a tense MotoGP British Grand Prix from Maverick Vinales to reignite his title charge…
MotoGP British GP: Zarco snatches pole, Espargaro sixth after FP4 crash
Pramac’s Johann Zarco took pole for the MotoGP British Grand Prix with a new lap record as Aleix Espargaro fought…
Espargaro tops free practice for British MotoGP
Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Spain's Aleix Espargaro clocked the fastest time after the third  free practice session before qualifying…
One place to find news on any topic, from hundreds of sites.
Espargaro to qualify in spite of heavy fall at Silverstone
Silverstone (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Spanish rider Aleix Espargaro, who is second in the MotoGP title race, will take part…