#ItalianGP - June 2, 2024

The stage was set for the main show on Sunday at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, with the much-awaited MotoGP™ race. Francesco Bagnaia was unbeatable on home turf today, with Enea Bastianini making it a 1-2 of Ducati in the last moments after he beat both Jorge Martin and Marc Marquez in the final laps. Behind, there was Pedro Acosta who claimed P5 of the Italian Grand Prix, an excellent result for the rookie. Unfortunately, Augusto Fernandez was unlucky after a technical issue forced him to retire from the race. 

Fresh from his third place in the sprint on Saturday, the day started in the best way for Pedro Acosta as he topped the ten minute-warm up session this morning. Amongst an incredible atmosphere on the grid set by the Italian fans, it was lights out at 2pm! From his seventh position on the grid, Pedro Acosta took off pretty well as he passed by Franco Morbidelli, and Maverick Vinales unable to maintain his front row position gave Pedro the opportunity to exit lap one in P5 behind Marc Marquez. Francesco Bagnaia had made a rocket start to take the lead after two corners and had already digged a 0.3 secs gap after the opening lap, with Jorge Martin and Enea Bastianini behind in 2nd and 3rd. As he tried to pressure the eight-time world champion, Acosta made a move on Marquez in the third lap as both were really close, but the #93 kept his ground, and a small mistake as he went wide in the final corner of lap 3 meant that Acosta lost the contact with the Gresini rider. After a few laps, the positions settled for a while with Pecco at the lead, 0.7 seconds clear of Martin, himself 0.1 seconds from Bastianini, who was himself 0.3 ahead of Marc Marquez. With ten laps to go, Acosta was almost 2 seconds off Marquez while the latter was preparing his attack on Bastianini. It was obvious for the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 rider to just try holding on with his race pace, and try securing that top 5. The gap became bigger towards the end, and Acosta held his fifth position! Great result from the rookie, one that will feel good after we saw him crashing in the last two Sunday races.

Augusto Fernandez and his squad had worked hard overnight to try turning things around after a feeling-less sprint. A promising warm up gave Augusto a good confidence heading to the afternoon’s race. Clouds threatened Mugello, but it ended up being a fully dry race in the end. At the race start, Augusto took a rather positive start, as he moved up to P17 behind Fabio Quartararo after one lap. Marco Bezzecchi overtook in the next lap as he sat in P18, but he settled into decent pace for early laps, something he was positive about post-race. Unfortunately, a technical issue on his RC16 forced him to retire on the fifth lap, a big disappointment for the Spaniard. Mugello is not over yet, as Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 stays in Tuscany for one more day with an important day of testing on Monday.

Position: 5th
Championship: 5th
Points: 101
"It was a tough race to be honest. We were missing something at the start and could not go away with the others, but P5 was the maximum we could take today. It was also very important to take points after two DNFs in a row, and get race experience, especially ahead of the test tomorrow. We are happy overall, even if we want more, and we can do more, but let’s keep working in that way, because we are getting closer and closer to the top guys every day!"

Position: DNF
Championship: 17th
Points: 13
"It is a shame to be unable to finish the race, again. We had a technical issue, quite rare, but it can happen and there is nothing we could do. My start was good and I felt like I was improving as the laps went by, so I am sad that we could not go further in the race, and try what we had prepared. We have a test tomorrow to continue trying more things, it is important to keep fighting, the season is long, and I know we can improve!

Team Manager
"On Pedro Acosta’s side, we feel like we have accomplished our mission today in Italy. Pedro had nothing extra to give considering the front four and how the race went, and P5 was the maximum he could get today, which is an amazing result, especially after his DNFs in the last two Sunday races. We have to be proud of our weekend with Pedro, with a podium in the Sprint, a top 5 in the race and a fifth place in the championship, on a very difficult track. Augusto Fernandez was very unlucky today, after he was forced to retire following a strange technical issue on the bike that we have to investigate, because it is something that we have never seen before. The positive point was that Augusto was feeling really good on the bike for the first time this weekend, so we take the good points. We have an important test tomorrow in Mugello, and I hope that it will help me gain more and more confidence.


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