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Bagnaia Dominates Spanish GP for First Win of the Season

INTERNATIONAL: Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia of Italy won his duel with world champion Fabio Quartararo of Yamaha in commanding fashion as he clinched his first victory of the season at the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez on Sunday (May 1).

Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro of Spain overcame a slow start to secure third while six-times MotoGP world champion and local favorite Marc Marquez held off Bagnaia's teammate Jack Miller to take fourth.

Pole sitter Bagnaia, who set a new lap record at the Jerez circuit in qualifying on Saturday (April 30), flew out of the traps and never relinquished first place despite a late charge from Quartararo, who was chasing his second win in Spain.

Suzuki's Alex Rins, who was joint-leader in the world championship coming into the race, went off the track on turn 12 and finished 19th while Pramac Ducati also had a forgettable outing, with Johann Zarco crashing out and Jorge Martin finishing 22nd.

Frenchman Quartararo now leads Espargaro by seven points in the overall standings, with Enea Bastianini in third and Rins fourth.

Ai Ogura of Japan led from start to finish for the first Moto2 victory of his career. He won by 2.509 seconds from Spaniard Aron Canet who was riding with a broken left radius and right finger sustained in a crash last weekend. Italy's Tony Arbolino was third, a further 1.160 seconds back.

Championship leader Celestino Vietti was sixth and is now 19 points ahead of Ogura in second place, with Arbolino third 11 points behind.

Izan Guevara of Spain produced a superb maneuver on the final bend to win a thrilling Moto3 race.

Lying third on the last lap behind Turkey's Deniz Oncu and championship leader Sergio Garcia of Spain, Guevara swept around the outside of them both going into the finishing straight to take the lead and win by 0.061 seconds from Garcia.

Another Spaniard, Jaume Masia, forced his way into third, relegating Oncu to fourth, with just 0.847 seconds covering the first six riders.

The result extended Garcia's lead in the championship to 21 points from Italy's Dennis Foggia, who could only finish 18th. Guevara moved up to third, nine points further back.

In the MotoE, LCR E-Team’s Eric Granado made it two for two in the opening weekend of the FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup with a superb win in Race 2 on Sunday after having won Race 1 on Saturday (April 30).



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