A heavy collision between Tech3’s Iker Lecuona and KTM stablemate Miguel Oliveira at Flip 13 on the penultimate tour led to the race being red-flagged, though each riders have been seen on digital camera as being acutely aware.
Ducati’s Bagnaia led the 25-lap race for all however a couple of hundred metres to say his third win of the marketing campaign, and formally safe second within the standings, whereas world champion Fabio Quartararo crashed out late on after a difficult race for the Yamaha rider.
Bagnaia acquired a sluggish launch off the road from pole place, which initially allowed Ducati team-mate Jack Miller to maneuver into the lead.
However Bagnaia regained first into the primary nook, with Joan Mir on the Suzuki mugging Miller into the Flip 8 right-hander for second to start the chase of Bagnaia.
Each the Italian and the pursuing Mir rapidly put six tenths between themselves and Miller, with the main duo’s lap instances fairly intently matched within the early laps.
However by lap seven Bagnaia had began to stretch his legs, inflicting Mir to slide eight tenths adrift of Bagnaia.
That hole would steadily climb to over a second, with Bagnaia over two seconds clear come the sixteenth of 25 laps, closing the e book on the battle for victory on the Algarve GP.
Quartararo didn’t make an important begin from seventh on the grid, dropping to eighth, earlier than climbing again as much as sixth when Lecuona and Honda’s Pol Espargaro forward ran broad at Flip 1 on the second lap.
However the Yamaha rider’s race could be dictated by the M1’s lack of horsepower as he acquired mired behind the Pramac Ducati of Jorge Martin, with Johann Zarco finally becoming a member of that battle.
Quartararo crashed out on lap 21 when he fell on the Flip 5 hairpin, registering his first DNF of the 2021 season.
Mir chased Bagnaia, however his pursuit was in useless
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The race was halted simply because the leaders began the second-to-last lap for the Lecuona/Oliveira incident, with the end result taken from the tip of lap 23.
This secured Bagnaia victory, with Mir taking his finest end of the season in second to safe third within the riders’ championship.
After a late tussle, Miller took the ultimate podium place from LCR’s Alex Marquez, having fun with his finest race of the 2021 season aboard the Honda.
Zarco rounded out the highest 5 after Quartararo’s crash, with Pol Espargaro heading Martin, Alex Rins (Suzuki), Avintia rookie Enea Bastianini and the KTM of Brad Binder.
Takaaki Nakagami got here from final to eleventh on his LCR Honda, beating Avintia’s Luca Marini, Petronas SRT duo Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso, and Marc Marquez’s Honda stand-in Stefan Bradl.
Maverick Vinales was the only Aprilia on the end after team-mate Aleix Espargaro crashed out on lap eight on the first nook, with Yamaha’s Franco Morbidelli the ultimate finisher in seventeenth.
In addition to Lecuona, Oliveira and Quartararo, Tech3’s Danilo Petrucci additionally did not see the chequered flag after a lap-one crash.
MotoGP Algarve Race Outcomes (23 laps):
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