MotoGP: Jorge Martin Wins Lights-to-Flag Sprint Race in India

Published on September 23, 2023
By Jack Hammersley

Jorge Martin victorious in the first race at the Buddh International Circuit

It was the first world championship race at the Buddh International Circuit in ten years. The track had damp patches after heavy rainfall in the morning.

Marco Bezzecchi started from pole position ahead of Jorge Martin and Francesco Bagnaia. Luca Marini stared from fourth ahead of both Repsol Hondas with Joan Mir in fifth and Marc Marquez starting in sixth. Alex Marquez after a crash in Q1 sustained fractured ribs and was declared unfit.

The lights went out and it was Martin who took the holeshot into turn one ahead of Pecco Bagnaia and Mir. Marini hit the back of Bezzecchi and Marini was down and Bezzecchi dropped down the order. Pol Esparagrao and Stefan Bradl also went down at turn one.

Marquez overtook his teammate at the final corner to move into third at the end of the opening lap. Martin had pulled a gap over Pecco who was falling into the clutches of the Hondas with Brad Binder from thirteenth on the gird in fifth place.

Bezzecchi was climbing his way up the order going from last place to 13th in three laps. Mir went down at turn three on lap four. Bezzecchi was the fastest rider on track.

Johann Zarco went down trying to catch Jack Miller in sixth at turn three and lost the front but was able to rejoin the race.

Bezzecchi went up the inside of Miller into turn 12 and was up to sixth place with Fabio Quartararo the next rider ahead in fifth. Aleix Espargaro crashed out in the final corner on lap eight.

On the last lap Bezzecchi was able to line-up against Quartararo and made the move into turn four and was into the top five, a great recovery by the Italian.

Jorge Martin made it three wins in a row and was the first race winner in India with Pecco Bagnaia in second place and Marc Marquez returning to the podium in third place, Binder finished in fourth with Bezzecchi in fifth.

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