MotoGP: Jorge Martin Wins the German Grand Prix in a Last Lap Battle with Pecco Bagnaia

Published on June 18, 2023
By Jack Hammersley

Jorge Martin does the double for the first time this season and takes his first Grand Prix win since Styria in 2021

It was the hottest the track had been all weekend and the riders were entering into the unknown. Marc Marquez despite being declared fit after his crash in Warm-up withdrew from the race. Francesco Bagnaia was on pole ahead of Luca Marini and Jack Miller, yesterdays Sprint race winner Jorge Martin started from sixth.

The lights went out and it was Jack Miller who took the holeshot into turn one ahead of Pecco Bagnaia and Marini, Martin was fourth and Brad Binder in fifth.

Miller had a big moment into turn 11 and Pecco moved into the lead with Martin taking second and Marini staying in third.

Aleix Espargaro who was using the soft rear tyre was able to outdrag the KTM down into turn 12 and move into fifth, but Binder retook the place at turn one. The KTM’s looked to be struggling at turn 11 again.

Martin took the lead into turn 12, just like he did in the Sprint and immediately gapped Pecco. Johann Zarco turned underneath Espargaro into Omega to move up to sixth.

Binder passed his team-mate Miller into turn 12, the Australian ran a bit wide and almost allowed Zarco to go through. On lap five Zarco found is his way into the top five. Marco Bezzecchi was having a quiet weekend to his standards this year, he went up the inside of Alex Marquez into turn 12 for eighth place, Fabio Quartararo was running in tenth.

Miller moved back into fifth place at turn one, Zarco had an amazing drive through turn ten and eleven and passed Miller with ease.

Bezzecchi was the next rider to pass Miller into turn 12, but Miller turned underneath the Italian to take sixth place back. A couple of laps later Bezzecchi passed Miller into turn one.

Binder was having a much better drive through turn 11 compared to his team-mate, he was able to pull alongside Marini and block passed him to move into the podium spots.

Zarco had something special on the run into turn 11 as he was able to overtake Marini on lap 13 to move into fourth and Binder was his next target.

Bezzecchi was increasing in pace and tried to pass Marini into turn one on lap 17 but ran wide and his team-mate went straight back through. He tried again the following lap and made the move stick, Bezzecchi was up to fifth.

Binder was down! On lap 19 Brad Binder crashed out of third place at turn eight, he lost the rear on corner entry and couldn’t save it. Zarco was now into third.

On lap 21 Pecco made his move on Martin into turn 12, Martin looked to try and attack into turn one but Pecco was too strong on the brakes and held off the Spaniard.

On lap 24 Martin did a carbon copy move Pecco did on him three laps before, the battle was on for the win.

Onto the last lap Pecco and Martin touched with Pecco losing 0.3 seconds, Pecco was closing and closing. The Italian got the run out of the last corner but Martin was just able to fend off the attack and won his first Grand Prix since Styria in 2021.

Zarco finished in third place with Bezzecchi in fourth and Marini in fifth. Jack Miller was the first non-Ducati in sixth with Marquez in seventh, Enea Bastinanini in eighth and Fabio Di Giannantonio in ninth, all Ducati’s were in the top nine and Miguel Oliveira was in tenth.

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