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With a thrilling last lap overtake over Francesco Bagnaia, Enea Bastianini won the MotoGP Grand Prix of Aragon and ended Bagnaia’s winning streak of four races in a row. It was Bastianini’s fourth victory this season.

“I won on [Bagnaia] on the last lap and it was possible to attack this time,” Bastianini said during NBC Sports coverage. “I was able to win this race and now we are going to Japan.”

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Bastianini stalked Bagnaia throughout the race. On the final lap, Bagnaia was forced to balance his need for the 20 championship points that came with a second-place finish and his desire to become the third rider in MotoGP history to win five in a row. . The need for points was all the greater as championship leader Fabio Quartararo suffered a crash in the first lap and didn’t earn any at all.

Bagnaia entered the race having shaved 61 points off Quartararo’s lead in the last four rounds. He took another bite out of 20 points in the Aragon Grand Prix and now trails by 10 with five rounds remaining.

“It was awesome,” Bagnaia said. “I did my maximum and on the last lap it seemed like there was more traction. Enea did an incredible job all weekend. We already knew that he and Fabio were the fastest – and Fabio had an unlucky crash on the first lap.

“Anyway I did my best and on the last lap I didn’t feel like I could overtake Enea because I was already taking too many risks on the lap before, so 20 points was important and It’s okay.”

The battle for the championship took a dramatic turn in the first round. Making his return to MotoGP competition after undergoing multiple arm operations, Marc Marquez was determined to play a role.

In the first two corners of the race, Marquez passed seven riders in the lead pack. In turn 3, his rear tire slips and Quartararo has nowhere to go. Quartararo clipped Marquez’s bike and he was thrown off his Yamaha, finishing last and earning no points.

“It was really bad luck,” Marquez said during NBC Sports coverage. β€œIn turn 3 I had a moment where I lost the rear and Fabio was really close as usual on the first lap and then I got the contact.

Marquez suffered significant damage and was also forced to retire from the race.

At the head of the peloton, Bagnaia was chasing the record books.

In the lead early, he momentarily ceded the lead to Bastianini until that rider went too hard in a corner and pushed wide. Bagnaia jumped up and reclaimed the top spot, but failed to shake off the rider who will be his teammate in 2023 at Ducati. Bastianini stalked Bagnaia for most of the run, but knew the pass needed to be flawless. Coming out of a corner midway through the final lap, he completed the pass.

The two leaders crossed under the ladies 0.042 seconds apart as Bagnaia parked on the winner’s rear tire.

With their double, Bastianini and Bagnaia won the constructors’ championship for Ducati.

The battle for the final podium was also determined late in the race as Aleix Espargaro made an equally spectacular pass over Brad Binder with two to go. Jack Miller rounded out the top five with those three riders separated by about eight-tenths of a second.

Rolling with a broken finger, Espargaro has reduced his gap to 17 points and is also in contention for the title.

In Moto2, rookie Pedro Acosta claimed his second win of the season over Aron Canet and points leader Augusto Fernandez.

Fernandez holds a slim seven-point advantage over Ai Ogura, who finished fourth.

Americans Joe Roberts and Cameron Beaubier finished ninth and 11th respectively.

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