MotoGP: Jorge Martin Takes Victory and the Championship Lead at Portimao

Published on March 24, 2024
By Jack Hammersley

Jorge Martin wins the Portuguese Grand Prix with Pecco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez colliding

Enea Bastianini started from pole position hoping for a better start than he had in the sprint due to problems with his ride-height device. Tissot Sprint winner Maverick Vinales was second with Jorge Martin in third. Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia started from fourth and would be wanting to fix the mistake he made in the sprint for victory, Marc Marquez started in eighth.

The lights went out and it was Martin who lead Bastianini and Pecco Bagnaia, Vinales was fourth but passed Bagnaia at turn four. Marquez and Pecco made contact and swapped places throughout the second sector with the Italian coming out on top. Franky Morbidelli crashed on the opening lap, his first crash in a race since Phillip Island 2022, the Italian rejoined.

Martin was out in-front ahead of Vinales. Alex Marquez fell at turn five on lap two. Pedro Acosta was in a Red Bull KTM sandwich in seventh place. The Spaniard tried to pass Jack Miller for sixth at turn three on the third lap but ran wide and Brad Binder took the position.

Raul Fernandez was the third rider to go down in the race, he TrackHouse Aprilia rider crashed at turn eight. Miller defending from team-mate Binder ran wide at turn one and allowed Binder and Acosta to overtake the Australian on lap five.

Acosta pulled a perfect block pass in Binder into turn one and moved himself inside the top six, Marc Marquez was 0.5 seconds ahead. The following lap Acosta executed a replica move and overtook Marquez to move into fifth place.

After following Bagnaia for a couple of laps, Acosta went up the inside of Pecco into turn one but the RC16 had a big slide and the world champion took back fourth place.

On lap 21 Acosta attacked Bagnaia at turn three, Pecco tried to undercut the Spaniard but Acosta cut him off and the Tech3 GASGAS rider was in fourth. Marquez then tried to pass Bagnaia into turn 13 but Pecco just held him off.

Marquez went up the inside of Bagnaia into turn five, Pecco tried to turn it underneath but the two collided and they both went down! Marquez rejoined while Pecco returned to the pits.

Onto the last lap Vinales had a problem and crashed out at turn one! That promoted Bastianini to second and rookie Pedro Acosta into third place!

Jorge Martin crossed the line to take victory and the championship lead in Portimao, Bastainini was second with Acosta in third. Brad Binder took fourth ahead of Miller in fifth. Marco Bezzecchi finished in sixth with Fabio Quartararo in seventh, Aleix Espargaro was top Aprilia in eighth with home rider Miguel Oliveira in ninth and Fabio Di Giannantonio in tenth. Augusto Fernandez took eleventh with Joan Mir top Honda in 12th with Alex Rins in 13th, Takaaki Nakagami in 14th and Johann Zarco taking the last point in 15th.

Featured Image: Joel Cooper Photography.


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