MotoGP: Jorge Martin Dominates the San Marino Grand Prix

Published on September 10, 2023
By Jack Hammersley

Jorge Martin victorious in Misano with a lights to flag finish

It was hot conditions at Misano for the San Marino Grand Prix, Jorge Martin after his dominant performance in the sprint race started from pole position ahead of home riders Marco Bezzecchi and Francesco Bagnaia.

The lights went out and it was Martin who took the holeshot ahead of Bezzecchi and Dani Pedrosa but the Samurai nearly highsided and that allowed Pecco Bagnaia to move around the outside and took Bezzecchi into turn three.

Brad Binder was fifth after lap one and passed Pedrosa on lap two and was chasing the front three who had broke away on the opening lap.

Pecco was strong on the entrance of the corners but Martin was launching out of the corners with a lot of pace.

Bezzecchi made a move into turn eight and set his sights on Martin but the Mooney VR46 rider ran wide at turn ten and let Pecco back through and that gave Martin a 0.5 second lead.

Martin set the fastest lap of the race, setting the first 1:31.9 of the race. However, Pecco set a new lap record of a 1:31.791; the world champion was not letting the win go.

Binder crashed out of the race at turn 14! A rare mistake from the South African, but he was able to rejoin on lap eight.

Jack Miller and Michele Pirro collided and crashed out of the race at Rio, a disaster for the Red Bull KTM riders. Joan Mir also crashed out at Rio.

Martin began to pull the pin and extended the gap over Pecco to 1.5 seconds, but the Spaniard did have a track limits warning.

With Pecco’s drop of pace Bezzecchi went through at turn eight and immediately began to pull away and Pedrosa was starting to close in.

Martin had a 1.5 second lead over Bezzecchi in second with Pecco being pressured by Pedrosa for the final podium spot, the Spaniard hoping for his first podium since his last victory at Valencia 2017.

Martin crossed the line to take the Double in Misano ahead of Bezzecchi in second with Pecco holding off Pedrosa for the final podium spot. Maverick Vinales finished in fifth ahead of Miguel Oliveira with Marc Marquez taking his best Grand Prix finish of the year in seventh with Raul Fernandez taking his best finish in eighth. Luca Marini had pace on his own but was stuck with overtaking and ended the race in ninth with Johann Zarco in tenth.

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