Jorge Martín opens the fight for the World Championship by also winning MotoGP on Sunday

Dani Pedrosa finishes fourth


The Spanish rider Jorge Martín (Ducati) achieved victory this Sunday in the MotoGP race at the San Marino Grand Prix, the twelfth round of the motorcycle World Championship, completing a perfect weekend that allows him to put pressure on the leader, the Italian Francesco ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia (Ducati), who cushioned the blow with a third place.

The one from San Sebastián de los Reyes, who topped a podium completed by the Italians Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) and Bagnaia, thus puts the icing on the cake of a Grand Prix in which he emerged as poleman – with an absolute track record – and in which he won both the sprint race and the long race, taking 37 invaluable points.

With this, he repeats at the Misano-Marco Simoncelli Circuit the success of Germany, where he also won on Saturday and Sunday, and cuts nine points from ‘Pecco’, who resisted despite not being 100% after his hard accident in Barcelona. The transalpine has 283 units, 36 more than Martín and 65 more than Bezzecchi.

The other main protagonist of the weekend was, without a doubt, Dani Pedrosa (KTM), who almost reached the podium – he finished fourth – racing with a ‘wild card’. Even so, he was the best of the KTM at 37 years old and showed signs of the quality that he continues to treasure.

Nobody disputed the victory of the Madrid native, who on Saturday also flew to destroy Misano’s absolute record; Behind, the Italians ‘Pecco’ Bagnaia and Bezzecchi engaged in a fight for second place, which Dani Pedrosa (KTM) almost took advantage of, finally finishing fourth.

Among the rest of the Spaniards, Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) finished fifth, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda) was seventh, just ahead of Raúl Fernández (Aprilia), Álex Márquez (Ducati) finished eleventh, Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) twelfth and Augusto Fernández (KTM), sixteenth. For their part, Joan Mir (Repsol Honda) and Pol Espargaró (KTM) suffered falls that prevented them from finishing the test.