MotoGP: Pecco Bagnaia Dominates the Sprint at the Red Bull Ring

Published on August 19, 2023
By Jack Hammersley

Pecco Bagnaia wins from lights-to-flag after a big turn one collision

It was glorious weather conditions at the scenic Austrian circuit, Pecco Bagnaia was on pole position for the fifth time this season. Joining Pecco on the first row was Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder.

The lights went out and it was Pecco who took the holeshot into turn one ahead of the two Red Bull KTM’s, Vinales had a poor start and collided with Fabio Quartararo into turn one after Jorge Martin went up the inside and caused a pill up including Johann Zarco and Marco Bezzecchi.

Marc Marquez, Franky Morbidelli and Iker Lecuona were the riders who took the most profit from the collision at turn one with them being ninth, tenth and eleventh.

Pecco and Binder were pulling away from Jack Miller and Luca Marini with Martin closing in, Marini made his move for the podium at turn one on lap six, Miller then ran wide at turn three and allowed Martin into fourth.

Martin went up the inside at turn two-a on lap seven and took the Italian’s handlebar from him and Marini was down right in-front of his brother Valentino Rossi watching from trackside.

Bagnaia had pulled out a 1.3 second gap over Binder and was setting consistent 29’s lap after lap, Binder was in the low 30’s.

Vinales was making his way through the field and was into eighth place making some fantastic moves on Marquez and Morbidelli.

Quartararo was given a long lap penalty for taking out Lorenzo Savadori at turn four, Martin’s incident with Marini was declared a racing incident.

Pol Espargaro was holding off his older brother Aleix who was being put under pressure by Vinales for sixth place.

It was Perfect Pecco at the Red Bull Ring in the Sprint Race, he took a light-to-flag finish ahead of Binder in second and Martin in third.

Alex Marquez took fourth with Miller rounding out the top five, Pol held off Aleix for sixth and Vinales was eighth and Franky Morbidelli was the top Japanese runner and taking the last point in ninth.

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