Mugello MotoGP 2021
Mugello MotoGP Race Weekend 2021
by Angus Noakes
This years’ Mugello MotoGP brought a hugely varied mix of emotions, with Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo completing a monstrously quick record-breaking qualifying lap, the tragic news of the passing of Moto3’s Jason Dupasquier after a devastating crash in qualifying, to Quartararo’s dominating win in the race on Sunday. The passing of the Swiss nineteen year-old Dupasquier is a chilling reminder of how dangerous the sport is, and clearly demonstrations how passionate the riders are about their sport to continue riding throughout the weekend.
A race at Mugello never fails to thrill, but before the lights had even gone out Enea Bastianini of Avintia ran into the back of Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco when lining up on the grid. Subsequently damaging Zarco’s tail-unit and ending Bastianinis’ weekend early as he was forced to miss the race. Starting in second place on the grid, Ducati’s Bagnaia had a brilliant start beating Quartararo to the first corner thanks to their innovative holeshot device fighting the bikes’ hunger to wheelie on launch.
Bagnaia of the Ducati Lenovo Team. Credit: Motorsport.com
The raw power of this years’ Ducati engine is proving to be relentless with two back-to-back wins from Jack Miller. Next to impossible to keep up with on the straight, even with a good slip-stream, Quartararo struggled to pass until Bagnaia made a mistake and went off the racing-line, catching a little too much curb and crashed out. Quartararo made full use of the clean air proving how fast the Yamahas’ are round corners, slowly pulling a lead from Zarco throughout the race to a 3.7s lead at the chequered flag, lifting his lead in the standings by 26 points above Zarco.
Back in the pack, the Suzuki riders were duelling to get ahead of one-another, which unfortunately resulted in continuing Alex Rins’ disastrous run of crashing out of now four races in a row. Mir of Suzuki managed to reel back in Oliviera of KTM in 2nd place but wasn’t able to pass, yet he was demoted to 3rd place due to leaving track limits on the final lap, promoting Mir to 2nd. Despite the 8-time world champion Marc Márquez crashing out early on in the race, he is certainly showing signs of improvement in his come-back since his three operations on his shoulder. Although many great riders have retired in the past due to shoulder injuries, there is some hope for Márquez as it seems he is using this current season as his pre-season for 2022, so I’m hopeful to see him back at the top of his game next year.
Being a student of Horology at Birmingham City University has lead Angus to develop his hand-skills in watchmaking. While enjoying studying the history of horology, he has a keen interest in the engineering and innovation behind mechanical timepieces.