2021 MotoGP Emilia Romagna Grand Prix Preview

This weekend is set to see Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP contest the latest Grand Prix of its 2021 season with a second race at Misano.

In Moto3 Pedro Acosta leads the championship and has the opportunity to seal the 2021 title this weekend. The Spaniard has a 30 point gap to second placed Dennis Foggia. Acosta hasn’t finished inside the top three since the Styrian Grand Prix, achieving a best finish of fourth in the Austrian Grand Prix. In the five races since the Styrian Grand Prix, Foggia has been classified inside the top three in all five.

Completing the top three in the Moto3 rider standings is Sergio Garcia who was forced to miss the Grand Prix of the Americas round due to injury. The Spaniard is 20 points behind Foggia and has a 30 point gap to fourth placed Romano Fenati.

The Moto3 race at the Circuit of the Americas was eventful which saw multiple race starts and also a scary crash involving multiple riders, including Acosta. The crash saw Deniz Oncu handed a two race ban for triggering the accident.

All of which meant that the previous round was won by Izan Guevara who is eighth in the championship heading to Misano. It is the Spaniard’s first podium finish and race victory in the Moto3 class. Guevara was joined on the podium by Foggia and John McPhee.

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In Moto2 Remy Gardner heads the rider standings but only has a nine point advantage over second place, and teammate, Raul Fernandez. This is after Gardner registered his first retirement of the season last time out while Fernandez capitalised and won his third consecutive Grand Prix, and his seventh of the season.

Fernandez has a 56 point advantage over third placed Marco Bezzecchi who finished third at the Circuit of the Americas. The Italian is 66 points clear of fourth placed Sam Lowes, the Briton having also retired from the Grand Prix of the Americas.

Fernandez and Bezzecchi were joined on the podium by Fabio Di Giannantonio. The Italian’s second place finish was his third podium of the season and means Di Giannantonio will enter the second Misano Grand Prix weekend sixth in the rider standings. The Italian is four points ahead of seven placed Aron Canet and three behind fifth placed Augusto Fernandez.

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In MotoGP Fabio Quartararo will start the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend with a 52 point advantage at the top of the championship over second placed Francesco Bagnaia. It therefore means that Quartararo has a chance to clinch the 2021 premier class title this weekend.

Quartararo finished second at the Circuit of the Americas, as well as at the first race held at Misano this year. Bagnaia by comparison was third in Austin and won the first race at Misano

Completing the top three in the rider standings is the current reigning champion Joan Mir, who was classified eighth in Ausin. The Spaniard is 27 points behind Bagnaia and has a 26 point gap to fourth placed Jack Miller who was classified seventh.

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Mir actually finished ahead of Miller on the road in Austin but was dropped a position after colliding with Miller on the final lap. It isn’t the first time that the two have collided during a race in 2021, the first instance taking place at the beginning of the season at Qatar.

With Quartararo finishing second and Bagnaia third in Austin, the race was comfortably won by Marc Marquez, the Spaniard’s seventh victory at the Circuit of the Americas. The Honda rider is seventh in the rider standings entering this weekend, 14 points behind sixth placed Brad Binder and 13 points ahead of eighth placed Aleix Espargaro.

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