MOTOGP: Martin Completes The Dream Double In Misano
By Carandbike Team
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Published on September 11, 2023
- Pramac Ducati Racing’s Jorge Martin claimed a spectacular win at the San Marino Grand Prix, just ahead of the champion Bagnaia and Marco Bezzecchi.
- With this triumph, Martin secured his second double win of the season, narrowing the championship gap to just 36 points.
- KTM wildcard Dani Pedrosa came incredibly close to a podium finish, finishing just 0.669 seconds behind, marking his second fourth-place finish of the weekend.
Jorge Martin of Pramac Racing displayed a stunning performance at the San Marino Grand Prix, seizing victory and reinvigorating his championship aspirations.
The Spaniard led from start to finish during the race, mirroring his success in Saturday's sprint race at Misano.
Martin's victory was especially significant, as it came at a time when both championship leader Francesco Bagnaia and Marco Bezzecchi, representing VR46, were nursing injuries from crashes in Barcelona.
With this triumph, Martin has achieved his second double win of the season and slashed the championship gap to just 36 points.
Dani Pedrosa's exceptional performance also commanded attention. The KTM wildcard rider came within 0.669 seconds of clinching a podium finish, marking his second fourth-place finish of the weekend after narrowly missing the podium in the sprint race.
The San Marino race unfolded with Martin taking the holeshot from pole on his Pramac Ducati, closely followed by Bagnaia and Bezzecchi. Pedrosa, despite a challenging moment between turns 1 and 2, settled into fourth place and eventually overtook teammate Brad Binder.
The initial laps saw Martin, Bagnaia, and Bezzecchi pulling away from the KTM riders and maintaining their positions.
However, Binder's race took a dramatic turn on lap eight when he crashed at Turn 14, granting Pedrosa an opportunity to pursue the top three riders.
Pedrosa impressively closed the gap on the leading trio, coming as close as six-tenths of a second by the end of lap 12. Although his pace slightly dropped afterwards, Pedrosa remained a formidable contender.
The pivotal moment of the race occurred on lap 17 when Martin dropped the hammer and began pulling away from Bagnaia. His lead increased to 1.9 seconds on lap 19, as Bagnaia struggled to keep pace.
Bezzecchi briefly took second place from Bagnaia on lap 19 but ultimately had to concede the position when he ran wide at Turn 10.
Martin ultimately sealed his victory with a 1.3-second lead over Bezzecchi. Despite Pedrosa's determined efforts, Bagnaia held onto the final podium spot, finishing just 0.669 seconds ahead of Pedrosa.
Miguel Oliveira secured a solid sixth-place finish on his RNF Aprilia, just ahead of the veteran Marc Marquez, who impressively fought his way to seventh alongside his RNF teammate, Raul Fernandez.
Meanwhile, Luca Marini from the VR46 team and Johann Zarco representing Pramac completed the top 10, showcasing their prowess on the track.
Alex Marquez, however, faced a late setback, slipping out of the top 10 to claim the 11th spot aboard his Gresini Ducati. This shift came despite his strong performance earlier in the race, proving that every moment counts in MotoGP.
Barcelona sprint and Grand Prix winner Aleix Espargaro, racing for Aprilia, faced the consequences of a suboptimal launch from the sixth position, ultimately finishing outside the top 10.
The remaining points in the race were secured by Fabio Quartararo, representing Yamaha, who claimed 13th place. Brad Binder, displaying remarkable resilience by remounting after a crash, clinched 14th. The sister Yamaha of Franco Morbidelli rounded out the points-earning positions, capping off a thrilling race.
However, the race also witnessed some unfortunate incidents. Pol Espargaro from Tech3 and Honda's Joan Mir both experienced crashes, ending their respective races prematurely. Additionally, KTM's Jack Miller appeared to have been involved in a collision with Ducati’s Michele Pirro (filling in for an injured Enea Bastianini) at Turn 4 during lap 10, further adding to the drama on the track.
The race showcased Martin's impeccable skill, solidifying his position as a contender in the championship. Additionally, Pedrosa's remarkable performance allowed him to surpass former Honda teammate Marc Marquez in the championship by a single point, despite participating in just two Grand Prix events in 2023.
The next challenge awaits in India, where MotoGP will be held for the first time. With Martin's remarkable weekend performance, the championship gap now stands at 36 points, setting the stage for an exciting flyaway tour. Don't miss the action!
Last Updated on September 11, 2023
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