Fabio Di Giannantonio (Ducati-Gresini) won the Qatar Grand Prix in the MotoGP on Sunday, the nineteenth and penultimate World Championship round of the season. The 25-year-old Italian stayed ahead of Italian world champion Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) and his compatriot Luca Marini (Ducati-VR46) on the Lusail circuit.
Bagnaia is also the World Cup leader and took full advantage of his rival Jorge Martin (Ducati-Pramax)’s off day with a view to a second consecutive title. The 25-year-old Spaniard, who had won the sprint race on Saturday, initially started fifth, but had to lose three places from the start. Things also went smoothly during the race for the Spanish title rival, who eventually slipped to tenth place. Meanwhile, Bagnaia had made a good start from the second row and immediately took the lead after the first corner.
On the eighteenth lap, Di overtook Giannantonio Bagnaia, who then almost went off track as he tried to regain the lead. Di Giannantonio held the lead until the finish and took his first ever MotoGP victory of his career.
In the World Cup standings, Bagnaia (437 points) is 21 points ahead of Martin (416). During the final round of the World Speed Championships, which will take place on November 26 at the Valencia circuit in Spain, there are still 37 points to be awarded.