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Quartararo wins first MotoGP title after Bagnaia crashes out at Misano

By AFP - Oct 25,2021 - Last updated at Oct 25,2021

MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy — Fabio Quartararo won his first MotoGP world title on Sunday after his closest rival Francesco Bagnaia crashed out of the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix.

Bagnaia, who was 52 points behind Quartararo with three GPs including this race remaining, was comfortably leading when he fell with just four laps left to hand the Frenchman his country’s first ever MotoGP championship.

Yamaha rider Quartararo, 22, now leads Bagnaia by 65 points meaning he can no longer be caught by his Ducati rival and guarantees a first riders’ title for his team since 2015.  “I still can’t believe it,” a tearful Quartararo told Sky Sports Italia. 

“It feels good to also have my family with me, we will enjoy a lot tonight and until the end of the season.” Quartararo’s win comes in his third season in MotoGP, the first with Yamaha’s factory team after two years with the SRT satellite outfit. Of the 16 MotoGPs he has contested this season, he has claimed 10 podiums, including five victories.

Quartararo surged from 15th on the starting grid to finish fourth on Sunday behind race winner Marc Marquez, who had been pursuing Bagnaia for almost the entire race. Marquez’s Honda teammate Pol Espargaro was second and Italian rider Enea Bastianini of Ducati came third. “Today is not my day but Fabio’s,” said Marquez. “I want to congratulate him. He deserves it as he has done an incredible job this season.

” Sunday’s race was also Valentino Rossi’s last MotoGP in Italy ahead of retirement at the end of the season, and he placed a creditable 10th on his final bow at his home rack of Misano.

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