2022 Italian MotoGP: Francesco Bagnaia bounces back from slow start to claim victory

Francesco Bagnaia overcame the threat of Yamaha's champion and this season's leader Fabio Quartararo.

Aleix Espargaro was the second Italian on the podium and in doing so, made it his fourth successive top three finish and fifth of the season for Aprilia.

Fabio di Giannantonio - who started on pole - claimed five points from the race after finishing 11th.

Sunday's race saw 43,000 fans attend - compared to 84,000 at the pre-Covid race in 2019.

In total, 74,000 fans watched the event from the weekend compared to 139,000 in 2019.

Moto GP now moves to Barcelona next weekend and it is Quartararo who leads this season with 122 points while Espargaro is second with 114 points.

Speaking about his second place finish, Quartararo said: "(It) was basically my best race of my career, to be honest, because I was feeling back all weekend and I made an amazing start, the best one.

"And then overtaking and losing the front, losing the rear. Ducatis were overtaking me on the straight, I was overtaking back.

"So, I think it was the best race. Before the race I was [thinking] 'Ok, I've got nothing to lose', my pace was not so good.

"We made a massive change… not a massive change, but we put back the normal fairing and it's much better.

"To be honest, I was riding at my best today. I feel so happy."

On Yamaha's new aerodynamic fairing, he added: "I was not feeling good, but we thought that such a small difference on the fairing was a not a problem [to then ditch it] and we decided to go back with our standard bike.

"We lost a little bit of top speed, but when you have the slipstream in front of you it's not so bad and all the weekend I never complained about the speed.

"But last year basically I was riding super-fast, our pace was good, but this year not.

"So, I decided to go to the standard bike and I was super happy to finish in this position and to fight like hell to overtake the Ducatis. Was great to remain in this second position and get these precious 20 points."

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