SportsJorge Martín falls and Bagnaia is MotoGP world champion

Jorge Martín falls and Bagnaia is MotoGP world champion

MADRID, Nov. 26 (.) –

The Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) has revalidated his title of MotoGP world champion after his only rival for the title, the Spanish Jorge Martín (Ducati), crashed on the sixth lap of the race this Sunday in the Grand Prix of the Valencian Community, the last round of the motorcycling World Championship.

With 22 laps to go, with the need to make up positions, the Madrid rider, winner of the sprint race on Saturday and who arrived at the final battle 14 points behind his opponent, collided with Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda) and suffered a fall in turn 4 of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Cheste, ending his fight for the championship.

With this, without even needing to finish the race, ‘Pecco’ became world champion of the premier category for the second consecutive time. Even so, he celebrated his title by leading the Ducati treble ahead of his compatriot Fabio Di Giannantonio and the Frenchman Johann Zarco.

Everything blew up on lap 6, although before that Martín put on a show and did not disappoint; he went out all out, knowing that he would be champion if he won the race and Bagnaia was sixth or worse; if he was second and the Italian was eleventh or worse; or if he was third and his closest rival was fifteenth or worse.

As soon as the traffic lights went out, he took second place, putting pressure on ‘Pecco’, leading the chasing group. However, just two laps later he made a mistake that was the beginning of his sentence, braking too fast in Turn 1 and going wide. He rejoined the fight eighth, but his anxiety played tricks on him again.

On the track he overtook Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), and when he tried to do the same with Márquez, a touch threw him into the gravel. Through tears, he went to the box, while on the track they told Bagnaia that he was already champion. Stripped of all pressure, the transalpine player limited himself to managing his advantage to sign a new victory.

Among the Spanish, Raúl Fernández (Aprilia) finished fifth, just ahead of Alex Márquez (Ducati); Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) finished in eighth position; Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) was tenth; and Pol Espargaró (KTM), fourteenth.

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda), before starting his new adventure at Ducati, was not able to say goodbye to Honda in the best way and did not finish the race, just like Martín himself, Augusto Fernández (KTM) and Alex Rins (Honda).

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