MotoGP Showdown: Bagnaia Conquers Spanish GP, Bezzecchi Crashes Out
In a thrilling and dramatic Spanish Grand Prix, Pecco Bagnaia showcased his skill and determination, seizing victory and reclaiming the MotoGP championship lead. Amid intense battles, shocking crashes, and nail-biting moments, Bagnaia’s triumph marked a remarkable turnaround following his Americas Grand Prix crash.
In a skillful performance, Pecco Bagnaia claimed victory at the Spanish Grand Prix, while former MotoGP championship leader Marco Bezzecchi crashed out.
As a result, the factory Ducati rider has regained the lead in the standings, bouncing back from a crash in the Americas Grand Prix.
KTM teammates Jack Miller and Brad Binder took the lead at Turn 1, mirroring their sprint start, with Binder securing the lead at Turn 6 by overtaking Miller on the inside.
However, a frightening collision between Fabio Quartararo and Miguel Oliveira at Turn 2 resulted in a red flag.
Both riders were conscious after the crash, but Oliveira was sent to the medical center for examination, later being diagnosed with a dislocated left shoulder.
The riders returned to their original grid positions for the restart, as they did in Saturday’s sprint, with the two KTMs needing another strong start.
Quartararo was able to resume the race but was given a long-lap penalty due to his “irresponsible riding” during the collision with Oliveira.
Once again, the KTMs led the race, with Binder in front, followed by Miller and Pramac’s Jorge Martin.
Bagnaia wasted no time in challenging the leaders, moving into third place by the end of the first lap.
As the two KTMs dueled in the early stages of the race, Bagnaia caught up and overtook Miller on lap five, causing some frustration for the Australian as they made slight contact.
The reigning champion had to cede the position back to Miller due to the contact, while Binder maintained a comfortable lead.
As tire wear became a factor, Bezzecchi crashed at Turn 6, effectively losing the championship lead at Jerez. Pramac Ducati’s Johann Zarco also dropped out of the top five.
Bagnaia started pressuring race leader Binder with four laps remaining, overtaking him at the final corner by maneuvering his Ducati inside.
Binder attempted a comeback on the last lap at the final corner but was unsuccessful, and he, along with Miller, completed the top three.
Martin couldn’t overtake Miller’s KTM and settled for fourth place, followed by Espargaro, Luca Marini, and KTM wildcard Dani Pedrosa.
Alex Marquez finished in eighth place, trailed by LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami.
Quartararo’s race didn’t improve after receiving another long-lap penalty for incorrectly serving the original one, but he managed a strong recovery to finish 10th, ahead of teammate Franco Morbidelli.
Fabio Di Giannantonio placed 12th, surpassing Augusto Fernandez and Stefan Bradl, while Raul Fernandez finished in the points, just 0.382s ahead of Honda substitute Iker Lecuona. Another injury replacement, Jonas Folger, trailed by 10 seconds in 17th place.
Alex Rins’ weekend paled in comparison to his Austin win, as he crashed on the first lap at Turn 9, followed shortly by factory Honda rider Joan Mir on lap two.
Maverick Vinales’ chain broke on his Aprilia during the race’s final lap, causing him to miss the finish.
The fourth round of the 2023 world championship Spanish MotoGP, Jerez – Race Results
Position Rider Nationality Team Time 1 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP23) 39m 29.085s 2 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +0.221s 3 Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM (RC16) +1.119s 4 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP23) +1.942s 5 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23) +4.760s 6 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +6.329s 7 Dani Pedrosa SPA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +6.371s 8 Alex Marquez SPA Gresini Ducati (GP22) +14.952s 9 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +15.692s 10 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +15.846s 11 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +17.209s 12 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP22) +17.911s 13 Augusto Fernandez SPA Tech3 GASGAS (RC16)* +19.010s 14 Stefan Bradl GER Team HRC (RC213V) +27.294s 15 Raul Fernandez SPA RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22) +36.371s 16 Iker Lecuona SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +36.753s 17 Jonas Folger GER Tech3 GASGAS (RC16) +47.146s – Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23) DNF – Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP22) DNF – Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) DNF – Alex Rins SPA LCR Honda (RC213V) DNF – Joan Mir SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) DNF – Miguel Oliveira POR RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22) DNS
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