Enea Bastianini wins the first MotoGP round of the season at the Qatar GP circuit. In Losail, where the Italian hat-trick has materialized with double success in Moto2 and Moto3, he wins his first race in the top class ahead of Brad Binder’s KTM and Pol Espargarò’s Honda. It was a nightmare for the other Ducatis, with the retirements of Bagnaia and Martìn, who crashed after a collision a few laps from the end. A beastly Sunday, in every sense, for the Italy of motors. It is not even time to celebrate the triumphs of Andrea Migno and Celestino Vietti between Moto3 and Moto2 that the apotheosis also comes with MotoGP, where a super Enea Bastianini wins the first round of the top class by registering the first triumph in the category. A victory in the name of Fausto Gresini, the late manager who died from Covid one year ago and who wanted his own factory team in MotoGP. His family realized his dream after his death, relying on a Ducati engine that dazzled in the first season, giving yesterday the front row and today a success that seemed utopia.
The signature on the perfect race is the “Beast”, the rider from Romagna who has grown visibly in the last months of last season and capable of winning two podiums, but now aware of his own means so as to attack and defend divinely. He does so, in the first case, on Pol Espargarò forcing him to go straight after the straight, then defends himself for five laps from the aggressive driving of Brad Binder who is forced to “settle” for the second step of the podium.
Third place for Pol Espargarò’s Honda ahead of his brother Aleix, fifth Marc Marquez who had started well and then gradually died out in the race. Mir and Rins are also in the top 10, followed by Zarco and Nakagami who are divided by a Fabio Quartararo who finishes ninth a race lacking in ideas and full of bitterness.
Sad is also the weekend of the other Ducatis, the official ones and the Pramac team. Miller first retires, then Bagnaia falls and also knocks Martìn down during the fight in seventh place when the missing laps were 11. A race to be closed as soon as possible for the official Desmosedici, with the hope that in Mandalika the situation will be completely different.
In the points go Morbidelli, Vinales, Marini, Dovizioso and the rookie Gardner, while Oliveira, Alex Marquez and Marco Bezzecchi retire. What do I think of it? I think it was a wonderful and surprising start to the season, especially for the winner Enea Bastianini who gave an Italian hat-trick in all categories together with Celestino Vietti and Andrea Migno. It was nice to see teams that were less fast last year while now they are growing fast like Team Gresini,KTM, Honda and Aprilia. The disappointing teams were the factory Ducati that with both riders Bagnaia and Miller didn’t managed to finish the GP. And the factory Yamaha that was struggling in the top positions until the end of the race. Good performance by the Ducati Pramac which, despite the fall of Martin and Zarco a little behind, conquers the pole position of the first MotoGP Grand Prix with Jorge Martin himself.