‘The Beast’ is back on MotoGP podium


Ducati’s Enea Bastianini raced away with the MotoGP laurels in Malaysia on Sunday, while Alex Marquez and Francesco Bagnaia also stood on the podium.

With two races left on the calendar, Bagnaia now enjoys a lead of 14 points over Jorge Martin in the official standings.

Bagnaia, the defending world champion, is happy with his run in Malaysia.

“I tried my best to overtake Alex and Bastia, but I struggled with my braking. However, I am very happy with my overall points lead” said the 26-year-old Italian star.

In turn, it was Bastianini’s first win of the season.

The 25-year-old Ducati motorcyclist, whose nickname is “The Beast”, broke his shoulder in Portugal earlier this year, while he was also on the operating table in an attempt to fire on all pistons again after breaking bones in his left hand and -broke ankle.

“I’m very tired, but I could give 100% now. I haven’t stood on the podium for a long time, but today the sparkling wine corks popped again. Very few people know what I had to go through to stand here again,” said Bastianini.

South Africa’s Brad Binder could not finish the race, but he is still fourth in the championship standings with his 254 points.


  1. Enea Bastianini (Ducati)
  2. Alex Marquez (Gresini Racing)
  3. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)
  4. Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac)
  5. Fabia Quartararo (Yamaha)
  6. Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing)
  7. Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha)
  8. Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM)
  9. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing)
  10. Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing)

Championship Standings:

  1. Francesco Bagnaia: 412 points
  2. Jorge Martin: 398 points
  3. Marco Bezzecchi: 323 points
  4. Brad Binder: 254 points
  5. Johann Zarco: 200 points