2021 MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix Preview

This weekend sees the three main MotoGP classes in action, as well as the return of MotoE for the last couple of races of its 2021 season.

This weekend is set to see MotoE complete its 2021 season with two races at Misano. Heading into the season finale Alessandro Zaccone heads the standings seven points clear of nearest rival Eric Granado.

Completing the top three in the championship, and one point behind Granado, is reigning champion Jordi Torres. The latter of the two has a three point advantage over fourth placed Dominique Aegerter.

Of the top four in the standings only Zaccone and Granado have won at least one race. Zaccone’s sole victory this season in MotoE came in the season opener at Jerez, while Granado has won at Le Mans and Assen.

With a total of 50 points available this weekend for MotoE’s season finale, there are eleven riders who will enter the Misano double header with a mathematical chance of clinching the 2021 title. That group of riders include the only other two race winners from this season so far, those being Lukas Tulovic and Miquel Pons. The former is fifth in the championship heading to Misano while Pons enters the season finale seventh in the standings.

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In Moto3 Pedro Acosta continues to lead Sergio Garcia by 46 points. This is after a dramatic Moto3 race in Aragon which saw Acosta crash out, with Garcia set to capitalise with a top three finish. However Garcia crashed on the last lap, remounted and finished outside the points in eighteenth.

Completing the top three in the standings is Dennis Foggia who won last weekend. The Italian is 12 points behind Garcia and nine points ahead of compatriot Romano Fenati in fourth. Foggia’s Aragon victory was his third race victory of the 2021 season. As for Fenati he got tangled up in an early incident with another rider last weekend, which led to the Italian falling through the field, before going on to recover to finish fourteenth, inside the points.

Foggia was joined on the podium by Deniz Oncu and Ayumu Sasaki. Oncu is ninth in the championship his Aragon podium being his third visit to the rostrum in 2021. Sasaki meanwhile is eighth in the standings, 14 points ahead of Oncu, the former’s Aragon podium was his first of the season.

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In Moto2 Remy Gardner leads the championship, 39 points clear of teammate Raul Fernandez. This is after the two Red Bull KTM Ajo riders finished inside the top two last weekend with Fernandez taking a commanding victory ahead of Gardner. Their Aragon 1-2 was the fifth such result of the current season for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team.

Behind the two and third in the rider standings is Marco Bezzecchi who retired from the race in Aragon, his first non points score/non finish of the 2021 season. It means the Italian is 33 points behind Fernandez, but has managed to retain his 52 point margin over Sam Lowes in fourth. This is due to Lowes also retiring from the race in Aragon, the Briton’s fourth retirement of the season.

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Heading into this weekend Fabio Quartararo has a 53 point advantage over nearest rival Francesco Bagnaia. This is after the former finished down in eighth last weekend while Bagnaia went on to out duel Marc Marquez to claim his maiden victory in the premier class.

Four points behind Bagnaia in the championship is reigning champion Joan Mir who completed the podium in Aragon. The Spaniard has a 20 point advantage over fourth placed Johann Zarco who finished outside of the points last weekend.

Marc Marquez’s second podium finish of 2021 means the Spaniard heads to Misano tenth in the rider standings, eight points behind Miguel Oliveira as well as eight points ahead of eleventh placed Jorge Martin.

A quick note on Maverick Vinales who made his debut with Aprilia last weekend. The Spaniard was classified eighteenth in Aragon as he continues the process of acclimatising to the RS-GP bike ahead of his full season with the Italian manufacturer in 2022.

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