MotoGP Catalan Grand Prix: Chaos in the First Lap and World Leader Taken to the Hospital

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The first lap of the Catalan Grand Prix was marked by a chaotic scene, with the crash of four riders and the reigning champion, Francesco Bagnaia, the world leader, involved in a dramatic accident. Bagnaia crashed on his own, being thrown from the bike and subsequently run over by Brad Binder, who couldn’t avoid colliding with the Italian rider’s legs.

Bagnaia had to be taken away by ambulance and transported to the medical center for initial assessment.

Johan Zarco, Marco Bezzecchi, Alex Márquez, Enea Bastianini, and Fabio Di Giannantonio also fell simultaneously, with Bastianini dragging the others down in his fall.

Fortunately, Miguel Oliveira emerged unscathed from both incidents, and the race will be resumed after the track is cleaned up. However, Bagnaia and Bastianini won’t be able to continue due to injuries.

Francesco Bagnaia and Enea Bastianini, both involved in crashes, were subsequently transferred from the circuit’s medical center to the hospital for observation and medical examinations. There is suspicion that Bagnaia may have fractured his legs.

As for the podium, it is dominated by Spanish riders, with Bagnaia’s teammate, Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), in second place, followed by Jorge Martin (Ducati) in third.

In the race’s second start, which was interrupted due to the incident with Francesco Bagnaia and the fall of four riders, Miguel Oliveira, who had risen to second place, dropped to fourth and remained there for a while.

On the fourth lap, the Portuguese rider managed to overtake Jorge Martin and move up to third place, behind Viñales and Espargaró. However, on the tenth lap, Martin reclaimed the position, relegating Miguel to fourth place. As the race progressed and tire management became crucial, Oliveira was overtaken by Zarco, briefly responding but being overtaken again, finishing in fifth place until the end of the race.

In the overall standings, Bagnaia continues to lead with 260 points, followed by Jorge Martin with 210 points, and Marco Bezzecchi with 189. Miguel Oliveira is in 14th place, accumulating 55 points.


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