Stefan Bradl’s comeback in MotoGP ended on the first lap. Aleix Espargaro made a serious mistake. Marcel Schrötter is still waiting for his first podium in Moto2.

The 32-year-old Stefan Bradl from Zahlingen crashed his Honda in turn ten and retired. Bradl had taken over the bike from eight-time world champion Marc Marquez. Last week, the Spaniard had to undergo surgery for the fourth time on his upper arm, which he injured in June 2020.

Bradl had been standing in for the injured former world champion from time to time in recent years. Marquez will miss some time after the operation.

Espargaro celebrates too early

The race in Barcelona was won by world championship leader Fabio Quartararo from France. His title rival Aleix Espargaro made a serious mistake. Because he thought the race was already over, the Spaniard took off the gas after the penultimate lap and started waving to the spectators.

When he realised his mistake, it was already too late. Instead of second, he ended up only fifth. “I can’t make these mistakes if I want to win the championship,” Espargaro said. “I have to apologise to my team. It was unacceptable.” He nevertheless remained second in the overall standings. His gap to Quartararo is now already 22 points.

Schrötter rides to P5

Marcel Schrötter must continue to wait for his first podium finish in the Moto2 World Championship season. The 29-year-old Bavarian from Landsberg finished fifth. At the finish he was a little less than a second behind third place on his Kalex. In the overall standings, Schrötter remained in seventh place after the ninth of 20 races with now 75 points. The next race will take place on 19 June at the Sachsenring.

The winner in Barcelona was the Italian Celestino Vietti. With his third win of the season, he is now the sole leader in the standings with 133 points, ahead of Japan’s Ai Ogura (117 points) and Spain’s Aron Canet (109). Canet was overtaken by Vietti shortly before the finish in Barcelona and was only 0.081 seconds behind the winner in the end.