MotoGP: Jorge Martin Holds Off Bagnaia and Binder to Take a Thai Double

Published on October 29, 2023
By Jack Hammersley

Jorge Martin takes his third double of the season in a last lap battle with Bagnaia and Binder

Jorge Martin started from pole position, the Pramac Racing rider dominated yesterday’s Sprint Race, would we see the same today? Francesco Bagnaia had a poor start yesterday and that prevent him from having a good result with him having great late pace.

The lights went out and it was Martin who took the holeshot ahead of Luca Marini and Aleix Espargaro, Pecco Bagnaia was in fourth with Brad Binder in fifth. Espargaro overtook Marini on the exit of turn three. Binder sat Pecco up into turn nine and dropped to sixth behind Alex Marquez.

On lap two Pecco retook Marquez for fifth, Martin was not pulling away and there was a group forming.

On lap three Binder passed Marini at turn eight, Marc Marquez passed Pecco into turn five and there was rubbing, Pecco passed Marquez into turn seven but Marquez got him back in turn eight.

Binder then passed Espargaro into turn nine and Marini then passed the Aprilia rider around the outside at the final corner, Alex Marquez also took Espargaro and then passed Marini into turn nine and was in the podium places.

Pecco made an aggressive move on Marc Marquez to take back sixth place. Two laps later Pecco passed Espargaro in the turn seven with Marquez following suit in the final corner.

Marquez and Espargaro were constantly swapping places throughout lap eight with Espargaro coming out on top.

On lap ten Pecco made his move on Marini at turn three to move into fourth place, Martin, Binder and Alex Marquez were right in front of him.

By lap 12 Marco Bezzecchi had made his way passed Marquez and Espargaro to move into sixth place and began to close in on the top five.

On lap 13 Alex Marquez went down at turn ten and promoted Pecco into third place, the gap to Binder was 0.4 seconds with about 0.2 separating Martin and Binder.

On lap 17 Marquez and Fabio Quartararo were reigniting their battle from 2019 at turn three with Quartararo going up the inside but Marquez turned the Honda underneath the Yamaha to retake seventh.

The Mooney VR46 Racing Ducati riders started to battle on lap 18 with Bezzecchi making moves into turn three and four but Marini was able to retake the place on both occasions. Bezzecchi made the move stick at the final corner.

Binder was all over the back of Martin and after following him for nearly all race Binder made his move at turn eight but Martin passed him back into turn nine.

Binder tried again into turn three but he ran wide and Martin was able to undercut him and was again into the lead, all this fighting meant Pecco was right behind them.

Binder finally took the lead of the race on lap 22 of 26 at turn eight, Martin was not able to fight back into turn nine.

With two laps to go Martin retook the lead into turn three and Pecco had to sit up as Binder rejoined the racing line. Pecco tried to pass both riders around the outside at the final corner.

Onto the final lap and nothing separated them! Binder ran wide on the exit of turn four and exceeded track limits, the South African couldn’t get passed into turn eight or nine and it would go to the final corner. Martin went extremely defensive Binder tried to out drive the Spaniard to the line but Martin took the victory. Pecco inherited second place after Binder’s track limits exertion at turn four.

Pecco Bagnaia still leads the championship but the gap has been reduced to 13 points by Martin with 111 points up for grabs.

Featured Image: Pramac Racing


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