This weekend’s racing was nothing short of spectacular, below we take a look at what transpired on the days racing:

 

MotoGP

After a long wait, teams finally got to line up on the grid for the start of the 2021 season.

Moto3 saw South Africa’s very own Darryn Binder on pole for the start of the race, a windy race created a few more challenges than expected.

As many as 9 riders lead the race creating one of the best Moto3 races we have seen.

The epic race ended in a Red Bull KTM Ajo one-two as Pedro Acosta earned a debut podium with Darryn Binder in P3.

By the time the Moto2 race began, the wind was still playing its part in giving the riders something more to contend with. Sam Lowes matched his qualifying, finishing the race on top with Remy Gardner in 2nd and Fabio Di Giannantonio in 3rd.

The premier class was nothing short of spectacular!

Ducati’s amazing start saw all 4 riders hold 1-2-3-4 after the first lap, major concerns arose when traction became a factor for the Ducati’s.

An amazing performance from Monster Yamaha rider, Maverick Viñales, saw him take the top spot away from Zarco and Bagnaia well into the race!

An error from 2020 Champion, Joan Mir, on the last lap opened the door for the powerful Ducati’s to take 2nd and 3rd away from the champ.

A not so memorable start from newly signed Petronas rider, Valentino Rossi, saw the Italian drop from his 4th qualifying spot to end the race in 12th.

South Africa’s Brad Binder finished 14th behind teammate Miguel Oliveira.

Here are the results:

Moto3:

1              Jaume MASIA                    Red Bull KTM Ajo                             KTM                       38’29.620

2              Pedro ACOSTA                  Red Bull KTM Ajo                             KTM                       +0.042

3              Darryn BINDER                  Petronas Sprinta Racing                 Honda                   +0.094

4              Sergio GARCIA                  GASGAS Gaviota Aspar                  GASGAS               +0.435

5              Gabriel RODRIGO             Indonesian Racing Gresini            Honda                   +0.880

6              Niccolò ANTONELLI         Avintia Esponsorama                      KTM                       +0.899

7              Izan GUEVARA                  GASGAS Gaviota Aspar                  GASGAS               +0.965

8              Tatsuki SUZUKI                 SIC58 Squadra Corse                       Honda                   +2.214

9              Kaito TOBA                         CIP Green Power                              KTM                       +1.950

10           Jason DUPASQUIER         CarXpert PruestelGP                      KTM                       +2.219

11           Romano FENATI                Sterilgarda Max Racing Team      Husqvarna          +2.316

12           Carlos TATAY                      Avintia Esponsorama Moto3       KTM                       +2.298

13           Filip SALAC                          Rivacold Snipers Team                   Honda                   +2.345

14           Ryusei YAMANAKA         CarXpert PruestelGP                      KTM                       +2.434

15           Maximilian KOFLER          CIP Green Power                              KTM                       +14.768

16           Yuki KUNII                           Honda Team Asia                             Honda                   +14.834

17           Adrian FERNANDEZ         Sterilgarda Max Racing Team      Husqvarna          +22.187

18           Stefano NEPA                    BOE Owlride                                       KTM                       +22.277

19           Lorenzo FELLON                SIC58 Squadra Corse                       Honda                   +28.282

20           Deniz ÖNCÜ                       Red Bull KTM Tech 3                       KTM                       +41.283

21           Andi Farid IZDIHAR          Honda Team Asia                             Honda                   +44.976

Not Classified

71           Ayumu SASAKI                  Red Bull KTM Tech 3                       KTM                       1 Lap

43           Xavier ARTIGAS                 Leopard Racing                                  Honda                   11 Laps

17           John MCPHEE                    Petronas Sprinta Racing                 Honda                   16 Laps

16           Andrea MIGNO                 Rivacold Snipers Team                   Honda                   16 Laps

52           Jeremy ALCOBA                Indonesian Racing Gresini            Honda                   16 Laps

54           Riccardo ROSSI                  BOE Owlride                                       KTM                       17 Laps

Not Finished 1st Lap

7              Dennis FOGGIA                 Leopard Racing                                  Honda                   0 Lap

 

Moto2:

1              Sam LOWES                                        Elf Marc VDS Racing Team            Kalex                     40’03.123

2              Remy GARDNER                               Red Bull KTM Ajo                             Kalex                     +2.260

3              Fabio DI GIANNANTONI                Federal Oil Gresini Moto2             Kalex                     +5.228

4              Marco BEZZECCHI                            SKY Racing Team VR46                   Kalex                     +5.241

5              Raul FERNANDEZ                              Red Bull KTM Ajo                             Kalex                     +6.145

6              Joe ROBERTS                                      Italtrans Racing Team                     Kalex                     +6.786

7              Jake DIXON                                         Petronas Sprinta Racing                 Kalex                     +8.721

8              Marcel SCHROTTER                         Liqui Moly Intact GP                        Kalex                     +10.911

9              Bo BENDSNEYDER                            Pertamina Mandalika SAG            Kalex                     +12.493

10           Jorge NAVARRO SPA                        Conveyors Speed Up                      Boscoscuro         +16.800

11           Cameron BEAUBIER                        American Racing                               Kalex                     +17.147

12           Celestino VIETTI                                SKY Racing Team VR46                   Kalex                     +17.289

13           Aron CANET                                        Inde Aspar Team                              Boscoscuro         +17.527

14           Augusto FERNANDEZ                      SPAElf Marc VDS Racing Team    Kalex                     +17.540

15           Thomas LUTHI                                   Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team                Kalex                     +17.816

16           Tony ARBOLINO                                Liqui Moly Intact GP                        Kalex                     +18.211

17           Ai OGURA                                           IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia        Kalex                     +19.143

18           Lorenzo DALLA PORTA                   Italtrans Racing Team                     Kalex                     +19.220

19           Stefano MANZI                                 Flexbox HP40                                     Kalex                     +25.806

20           Yari MONTELLA                                 MB Conveyors Speed Up              Boscoscuro         +30.664

21           Albert ARENAS                                  Inde Aspar Team                              Boscoscuro         +30.708

22           Nicolò BULEGA                                  Federal Oil Gresini Moto2             Kalex                     +32.764

Not Classified

35           Somkiat CHANTRA                           IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia        Kalex                     1 Lap

97           Xavi VIERGE                                        Petronas Sprinta Racing                 Kalex                     6 Laps

40           Hector GARZO                                   Flexbox HP40                                     Kalex                     11 Laps

55           Hafizh SYAHRIN                                NTS RW Racing GP                           NTS                        11 Laps

7              Lorenzo BALDASSARRI                   MV Agusta Forward Racing          MV Agusta          14 Laps

42           Marcos RAMIREZ                             American Racing                               Kalex                     0 Lap

 

MotoGP:

1              Maverick VIÑALES                           Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP             Yamaha                42’28.663

2              Johann ZARCO                                   Pramac Racing                                                   Ducati                   +1.092

3              Francesco BAGNAIA                       Ducati Lenovo Team                                       Ducati                   +1.129

4              Joan MIR                                              Team SUZUKI ECSTAR                                    Suzuki                   +1.222

5              Fabio QUARTARARO                       Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP             Yamaha                +3.030

6              Alex RINS                                             Team SUZUKI ECSTAR                                    Suzuki                   +3.357

7              Aleix ESPARGARO                            Aprilia Racing Team Gresini                         Aprilia                   +5.934

8              Pol ESPARGARO                                Repsol Honda Team                                        Honda                   +5.990

9              Jack MILLER                                        Ducati Lenovo Team                                       Ducati                   +7.058

10           Enea BASTIANINI                             Esponsorama Racing                                       Ducati                   +9.288

11           Stefan BRADL                                     Repsol Honda Team                                        Honda                   +10.299

12           Valentino ROSSI                                Petronas Yamaha SRT                                     Yamaha                +10.742

13           Miguel OLIVEIRA                              Red Bull KTM Factory Racing                       KTM                       +11.457

14           Brad BINDER                                      Red Bull KTM Factory Racing                       KTM                       +14.100

15           Jorge MARTIN                                   Pramac Racing                                                   Ducati                   +16.422

16           Luca MARINI                                      SKY VR46 Esponsorama                                 Ducati                   +20.916

17           Iker LECUONA                                   Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing                           KTM                       +21.026

18           Franco MORBIDELLI                        Petronas Yamaha SRT                                     Yamaha                +23.892

19           Lorenzo SAVADORI                         Aprilia Racing Team Gresini                         Aprilia                   +46.346

Not Classified

73           Alex MARQUEZ                                 LCR Honda CASTROL                                       Honda                   9 Laps

30           Takaaki NAKAGAMI                        LCR Honda IDEMITSU                                     Honda                   16 Laps

Not Finished 1st Lap

9              Danilo PETRUCCI                              Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing                           KTM                       0 Lap

 

Formula1

With Max Verstappen starting from pole for the 4th time in his career, all eyes were on him to secure the first win of the 2021 season!

After the first round of pitstops, 7-time champion Lewis Hamilton, had taken control of the race leaving it all on the table for Verstappen to catch up. 10 laps are all it took for Verstappen to catch the champion, enough to attempt a pass that eventually ended in a penalty for the Dutchman and him having to give the spot back on lap 53.

Hamilton was able to hold the lead and go on to win his 96th F1 race by a measly second!

Hamilton also passed Michael Schumacher’s record of 5,111 for the most laps led in F1 history.

Behind them, teammate, Bottas, finished in 3rd with Lando Norris close behind.

Here are the race results:

1              Lewis Hamilton                  MERCEDES                                                         1:32:03.897

2              Max Verstappen              RED BULL RACING HONDA                           +0.745s

3              Valtteri Bottas                   MERCEDES                                                         +37.383s

4              Lando Norris                      MCLAREN MERCEDES                                    +46.466s

5              Sergio Perez                       RED BULL RACING HONDA                          +52.047s

6              Charles Leclerc                  FERRARI                                                               +59.090s

7              Daniel Ricciardo                MCLAREN MERCEDES                                     +66.004s

8              Carlos Sainz                        FERRARI                                                               +67.100s

9              Yuki Tsunoda                     ALPHATAURI HONDA                                     +85.692s

10           Lance Stroll                         ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES                        +86.713s

11           Kimi Räikkönen                 ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI                 +88.864s

12           Antonio Giovinazzi           ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI                 +1 lap

13           Esteban Ocon                    ALPINE RENAULT                                             +1 lap

14           George Russell                  WILLIAMS MERCEDES                                    +1 lap

15           Sebastian Vettel               ASTON MARTIN MERCEDES                           +1 lap

16           Mick Schumacher            HAAS FERRARI                                                   +1 lap

17           Pierre Gasly                        ALPHATAURI HONDA                                      DNF

18           Nicholas Latifi                    WILLIAMS MERCEDES                                    DNF

NC          Fernando Alonso              ALPINE RENAULT                                              DNF

NC          Nikita Mazepin                  HAAS FERRARI                                                   DNF

 

See our previous article here: “This Weekend in Motorsport”

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