MotoGP Valencia GP: Maverick Vinales' Grid Penalty Elevates Bagnaia to Pole Position in Title-Deciding Race

Francesco Bagnaia, the current leader in the world championship, secures pole position for the Valencia MotoGP title decider, benefitting from Maverick Vinales' penalty.

By Divyam Dubey | on November 26, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

Maverick Vinales received a three-place grid penalty for the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix, which has given Francesco Bagnaia the advantage in the pivotal title battle. On Saturday at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, Vinales secured his first pole position with Aprilia since Assen 2021. He also set a new lap record. After dominating for the first few laps of the 13-lap sprint race, he wound up in fourth place due to his decision to use a medium rear tyre. In addition to the existing difficulties, Vinales encountered a complication with his RS-GP motorcycle during the brief 10-minute warm-up session on Sunday.

The scenario became more intense when Vinales was presented with the black-and-orange flag, signifying an urgent need to withdraw from the circuit. Instead of acquiescing, he chose to return to his pit box by riding. The aforementioned judgement led to an inquiry conducted by the stewards of the FIM MotoGP, who subsequently determined that Vinales had contravened the regulations. As a consequence, a three-place grid penalty has been imposed on the Spanish rider for the Sunday afternoon Grand Prix.

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MotoGP Valencia GP: Francesco Bagnaia to Start from Pole

This means that Pecco Bagnaia secures the coveted pole position in his quest to defend his MotoGP championship. Johann Zarco from Prima Pramac Racing secures the second slot (P2), and Jack Miller from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing moves onto the first row. In the interim, Viñales will assume the position at the forefront of the second row, flanked by Brad Binder of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing in the fifth position (P5) and title rival Jorge Martin of Prima Pramac Racing in the sixth position (P6).

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With a 14-point difference between Bagnaia and Martin, every tactical advantage counts, giving the factory Ducati squad a big boost. Regardless of Martin's performance, Bagnaia, who is aiming for his second world championship, needs to finish at least fifth in order to win the title.

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