Xavi Cardelús and Jake Dixon gather more important data from their bikes in a tough and hot race in Italy.
Álex Márquez had a long wait for his first win since 2017 but after breaking his duck at Le Mans last time out, the Spaniard followed up with a second straight victory at Mugello this afternoon. Márquez propelled himself into title contention as he took the flag by two clear seconds from Luca Marini and Thomas Luthi, with series leader Lorenzo Baldassarri taking fourth at the end of a tough weekend that saw him forced to qualify through Q1. Baldassarri and now Márquez are the only riders to score more than one win so far this season and are separated by just two points at the top of the championship, with Thomas Luthi dropping to third.
It proved to be a fruitless race for the Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team, with Jake Dixon crashing on the eleventh lap The British rider was forced to start from the tenth row after only managing a single lap in qualifying due to an engine problem yesterday, but he was up to 25th and setting some consistent lap times within the group when constant vibration problems between turns 4 and 5 finally got the better of him and he crashed.
Jake Dixon (DNF):
I am okay after the crash but it’s not the ideal way to finish the race obviously. I didn’t feel like I was over the limit, I was riding hard but I didn’t have a good feeling with the track temperature much higher than yesterday. I spent ten laps behind the group, to understand where we can improve. It is my first time here, whereas other riders have spent years riding at Mugello, and I feel that we have made gradual progress over the weekend which was shown by how competitive we were in the warm-up. I am sorry to the team because in the end we do need more information to improve the bike, but I am here to fight and unfortunately today I crashed. It happened off the throttle between turns 4 and 5 – I had vibrations there all weekend but on this occasion I couldn’t save the bike and it just kept sliding until I hit the ground.”
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