All-Italian triumph in Valencia, Valentino Rossi's last GP and the first historic all-Ducati podium in MotoGP: Pecco Bagnaia wins the GP of the Valencian Community ahead of Jorge Martin and Jack Miller.
While in Borgo Panigale they celebrate the victory of the constructors' championship, the sport greets one of the greatest riders of all time: Valentino Rossi raced his last MotoGP race.
The nine-time world champion leaves MotoGP with 115 wins and 235 podiums. Valentino Rossi's retirement, now that he is becoming a father, has been known since mid-season, but when the last race arrives, the emotions come back to the surface.
We have to say thank you to Valentino for an infinite number of reasons, for the dozens of afternoons standing on the sofa, for the scares, the screams, the apneas when overtaking in the last laps, for the sympathy, humility and class of a champion . With his strengths and weaknesses, with seriousness and irony, with skill and tenacity, Valentino Rossi has become the undisputed King of an era in which motorcycling has been transformed into a show and in which young people struggle to emerge. . For sure we won't see 46 like Vale The Doctor for quite a while. Thanks Vale.
Meanwhile, with the victory of Pecco Bagnaia, the second place of Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing Team) and the third place of Jack Miller, three Desmosedici GPs entered the closed park of today's race. For the Borgo Panigale manufacturer, crowned best manufacturer of the 2021 MotoGP season seven days ago in Portimão, this is another historic milestone, never reached before in the premier class.
The winner of today's race was once again an extraordinary Pecco Bagnaia, with number 46 in the lead, thus achieving his fourth success of the season and his second consecutive victory after last week's success in Portugal. Starting with the second best time, the Italian driver remained in the same position after the start, behind Jorge Martin, who started from pole position. With 12 laps to go, Bagnaia launched the decisive attack, overtaking his teammate and taking the lead, where he remained until the finish.
Behind Jorge Martin, in third position, Bagnaia's teammate Jack Miller finished. Starting with the third fastest time, the Australian driver had slipped to sixth position in the first laps, but once he found his rhythm Jack was able to mend the gap on his rivals and get back in the fight for the podium. Third with nine laps to go, Miller got closer and closer to Martin, but was unable to overtake him, finally finishing third and confirming his fourth position in the Championship.
With both of its riders on the podium, the Ducati Lenovo Team conquers the title of Best Team 2021 in MotoGP. For the Italian team this is the second world title after the one obtained in the 2007 season.