After qualifying in 11th, Vannucci dropped to 29th and last place by the time they’d completed one lap in today’s race. The Italian then produced a monumental comeback, gaining places on every lap to put himself in victory contention on lap nine of 13. Although he crossed the line in second, Garcia was handed a penalty for touching the green on the final lap, promoting Vannucci to first.
Garcia’s day got off to a solid start with sixth in qualifying and he remained in the front battle throughout. Despite the penalty, the Yamaha MS Racing rider was still classified in second place, seeing him close the gap to the top of the standings.
The rider who currently occupies first in the championship, Diaz, charged from 10th on the grid to claim his eighth podium of the season in third.
bLU cRU graduate Ton Kawakami made up 20 places from his grid spot to finish seventh, while 2021 Yamaha R3 bLU cRU European Cup rider Humberto Maier added more points to his tally in ninth.
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