CM – MotoGP: Australian Jack Miller wins the Spanish GP as Francesco Bagnaia takes the championship lead – Sports News, Firstpost


Miller, who underwent surgery in early April, took the lead when Fabio Quartararo, the pre-race championship leader, lost pace in the middle of the race.

Australian rider Jack Miller celebrates victory after the MotoGP Spanish Motorcycle Grand Prix. AP

Jerez de la Frontera: Australian Jack Miller only drove his second MotoGP victory in Jerez on Sunday when Ducati team-mate Francesco Bagnaia finished second and took the lead in the overall championship.

Miller, who in early April was operated on, took the lead when Fabio Quartararo, the championship leader before the race, lost pace in the middle of the race.

On a track where Ducati had not won since 2006, Bagnaia Miller followed home, to take the championship lead from Quartararo.

« I thought when Fabio passed OK, he has a bit better pace, » said Miller. « I thought he was going crazy. »

« There were 12-13 laps left and I thought this was a long time for me, but I could do it. »

Bagnaia followed Miller home to give Ducati the first two places and take the championship lead.

« I’m happy, » he said. « It was a very difficult track for us, so finishing a two is a very big result for us, » he said. Japanese rider Takaaki Nakagami (Honda-LCR) was fourth and Spanish world champion Joan Mir (Suzuki) fifth.

The Spaniard Marc Marquez, who fell again after a crash on his Honda in training on Saturday in the warm-up on Sunday, finished a respectable ninth in his second Grand Prix after nine months with an injury Place.

« It was pretty easy, » he said. « I always gave more than the maximum. I was really at the limit. I risk a lot. After all, we were rewarded. This podium feels like a win

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Marquez struggled in third practice session on the track, where he broke his right arm in the inaugural race last year to end his 2020 campaign.

The Italian Francesco Bagnaia on a Ducati came second, the Spanish world champion Joan Mir from Suzuki third.

Marquez has lost no time nine months after his fall at the Spanish Grand Prix that excluded him for the entire 2020 season and the first two races of that year.

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