in Mandalika victory of Oliveira. 2nd Quartararo, 3rd Zarco. Bastianini remains at the top of the world championship

MANDALIKA – First the heat, then the rain, finally Miguel Oliveira. Crazy weather characterized the second GP of the MotoGP in Indonesia, with climatic conditions changing every five minutes. The KTM driver guessed the start, taking the lead on the second lap, and then engaging in a good duel with Jack Milleranother wet specialist.

Pecco Bagnaia, having started badly, he immediately found himself fighting in the rear. But the Portuguese had more and once he waited for the right moment to overtake Miller, who in the meantime got ahead, in a few corners he shrugged off taking 4 tenths of an advantage in a few corners. Fabio Quartararo he gained one position after another, finishing on the podium alongside Oliveira. Between the French, Miller and Johann Zarco (finished on the third step of the podium) he prevailed The deviljumped from second place to third in the championship standings, still commanded by a tenacious Enea Bastianini which finished in eleventh place. On his path Bastianini, who with eleventh place keeps two points ahead of Brad Binder in the World Championship, also found Pecco Bagnaia, who ran in defense from the start, closing in fifteenth place.

Impressive fall of Mark Marquez in the warm up in Mandalika: the Spaniard loses control of his Honda and is thrown into the air, falling tumbling to the ground. After the checks in the hospital, the 7-time world champion suffered a head injury and various bruises: judged to be ‘unfit’, he had to skip the Indonesian GP.

Oliveira: “It was like riding a roller coaster”

«From the point of view of emotions it was like riding a roller coaster – says Oliveira -, first I followed Jack then when I passed him I concentrated on creating a bit of detachment in the following 5 laps and then I managed the race. I am very happy with my performance, in the wet it is never easy to manage the situation and we did not even know if we were likely to race tomorrow: in the final I managed, especially in some sectors, and above all thought about getting the bike to the finish line. My Ktm? It is not very different from last year, but we have done too much work on the electronics and then on the suspensions: many small things, but now Binder and I manage it well ».

Quartararo: “First podium in a completely wet race”

«I made some very important points and it is the first podium I do in a completely wet race, so I am very happy – says the Frenchman from Yamaha -. It wasn’t easy because in the dry I knew I had the pace to win, but the rain is always an unknown factor; when i was fifth i decided to push harder and i took this nice 2nd place. It was important. Today the bike had a lot of grip and so the Yamaha is strong, but already in Argentina we could suffer: we have to find the solution to always go like this ».

Zarco smiles: “There was also the possibility of winning”

«I have to be happy, a podium in MotoGP is always good – says the French -. There was a lot of water on the track and it took me a while to get to grips with it because I was not in place when exiting the corners, I had little traction and it was difficult to overtake. I lost some time behind Miller: second place vanished there, but perhaps there were also the chances of winning if I had moved earlier. But I’m trying to capitalize on situations, without wasting anything ».

Miller: “We lacked something”

«Unfortunately today we didn’t have the pace to be able to stay ahead until the end. I made a good start, but I had little rear grip. Having never ridden in the wet all weekend, we had to guess the right setup for those conditions and we probably missed something. Throughout the race my pace was constant and I was able to go a little faster towards the end, but when I reached my limit and realized I couldn’t do more, I preferred to try to manage the race and bring home a good result. All in all it was a positive test and we will try again in the next Grand Prix ».

Bagnaia: “I’m down in the dumps, disappointed and sorry”

«On the grid we didn’t touch the setting, but only removed the fin because there was little water, then in the race I don’t know what happened, but while at the end of 2021 we were strong in the wet, today my feeling was zero: I could not brake, my front was blocked and the front tire was unable to work – Bagnaia’s words -. On the positive side, in the morning we had a great pace and I had found my feeling again, but I am down in the dumps, disappointed and sorry: these two GPs have not shown our real potential which is not this, but much higher. Now let’s draw a line and try to start again from Argentina, but we haven’t realized, they count the points and I only have one ».

«We have to analyze and understand many things after this race: in the tests in Malaysia in the wet I was fine, in the middle of the weekend in Qatar we found the road I like, here it seemed to go better, but in the race in the wet we did not materialize. Something strange happened that I can’t explain, but I don’t think it depends on the bike – says Bagnaia distraught -. It’s a difficult time, but we have to think positively, reset our heads and recover: I will have a lot to think about in the next few days, but at home I have the support of the right people, and I know these negative thoughts will disappear as soon as I return to the paddock to race the next one. competition”. Don’t shoot the pianist, one would say: Pecco needs peace of mind to recover and he has everything to do it.

Bastianini: “It took me too long to get the right feeling”

Enea Bastianini remains world leader after his 11th place with Ducati Gresini, after a second part of the race in crescendo: «It took me too long to get the right feeling and the first laps were to be forgotten also because I couldn’t see – the words by Bastianini -. From the middle of the race onwards I found pace and pace and climbed up until I was in a group of 6/7 riders fighting: there a maneuver by Binder sent me and I lost the chance to be eighth. But I took some useful points to stay on top of the world championship ».

Here is the order of arrival of the MotoGP Indonesia GP:

  1. Miguel Oliveira
  2. Fabio Quartararo +2,205
  3. Johann Zarco +3.158
  4. Jack Miller +5.663
  5. Alex Rins +7,044
  6. Joan Mir +7,832
  7. Franco Morbidelli +21.115
  8. Brad Binder +32.413
  9. Aleix Espargaro +32,413
  10. Darryn Binder +32.901
  11. Enea Bastianini +33.116
  12. Pol Espargaro +33,599
  13. Alex Marquez +33.735
  14. Luca Marini +34.991
  15. Francesco Bagnaia +35.763

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