MotoGP: Francesco Bagnaia Wins the Italian MotoGP Sprint Race

Published on June 10, 2023
By Jack Hammersley

Francesco Bagnaia takes victory in an all Ducati top five in the sprint race at Mugello

There were dark cloudy skies over the Tuscan hills at the Mugello circuit, but the sun was able to break through. Francesco Bagnaia broke the lap record to take pole position ahead of Marc Marquez and Alex Marquez.

The lights went out and it was Pecco Bagnaia who took the holeshot into turn one ahead of Marc Marquez and Jack Miller, Alex Marquez went down at turn one.

There was drops of rain in the third sector, it was mental rain and Miller who had dropped behind Jorge Martin and Luca Marini was trying to attack.

On lap two Martin passed Marquez down the straight and Marini was looking to make it a Ducati podium lockout.

Martin out-braked Pecco into turn ten and Miller passed two in one to move into third place, the Australian ran wide at San Donato on lap three, allowing Marquez back into third place.

Brad Binder was told to complete a long lap penalty. Miller made a very aggressive pass at turn ten and Marc was down to seventh. Fabio Quartararo started from 15th and made his way up to ninth, but was soon dropped to 12th after and aggressive move by Binder at turn 12.

Miller barged his way through on Marini at turn 12, but ran each other wide and allowed Johann Zarco into fourth place.

Marco Bezzecchi avoided all the chaos in front of him and found himself into second place by lap five right behind his championship rival Pecco. On lap 7 it was a Ducati top five with Marini making his way passed Miller.

On the last lap Pecco had pulled a 0.3 second gap over Bezzecchi, the Mooney VR46 rider was just not close enough for a move, Zarco however was right on the back of Martin.

Bagnaia crossed the line to win his third sprint race of the season ahead of Bezzecchi and Martin. The Bologna Bullets rounded out the top five, a near perfect race for the Italian factory. Miller held off Marquez for sixth place with Aleix Espargaro finishing eighth and Enea Bastianini taking ninth and his first points of the season.

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