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Jorge Martin realises a win trifecta at San Marino MotoGP

“I studied a lot, I thought Misano was the hardest track for me, but in the end, it turned out together with Germany [Sachsenring Circuit], the best race weekends I’ve ever had. Now I can think of always winning, on every track. And I will continue the season with this mentality.”

Jorge Martin has crafted a true masterpiece at Misano, starting from pole position, a Tissot Sprint win and a Sunday race victory giving himself maximum points and the pleasure of a perfect weekend win trifecta at his rivals’ stomping ground, under a clear sunny sky in Misano Marco Simoncelli World Circuit.


The Spaniard of Prima Pramac Racing crossed the chequered flag leaving a gap of 1.3s over second-place finisher, Marco Bezzecchi of Mooney VR46 Racing Team.

While the current world champion Francesco Bagnaia of the Ducati Lenovo Team fought through excruciating pain, astonishingly claiming an important third place on podium, after he escaped serious injury despite high siding, then being run over by Brad Binder’s KTM motorbike at +163km/h last weekend in Barcelona.


Martin is now 36 points behind world champion Francesco Bagnaia, who is the MotoGP overall standings lead holder.

Yet, he doesn’t seem to be looking at world rankings: “I don’t think about it, I’m not an official factory rider and I don’t have their pressure. I have to enjoy this moment, perhaps when I have the opportunity to compete for a Factory team; I will have to live with that responsibility and think about it… Now, I want to have fun and win as many races as possible.”

RACE CRASH INVESTIGATION Red Bull KTM’s Brad Binder made a much better start than yesterday and, after passing KTM team-mate Pedrosa, caught up with the Ducati trio. But it counted for nothing when the South African crashed on lap 8, dealing another blow



L-R: Current MotoGP world title holder Francesco Bagnaia, racer winner Jorge Martin, and Marco Bezzecchi celebrating on the podium (photo by MotoGP).

to his title hopes. Shortly after, team-mate Jack Miller appeared to be taken down by Ducati wild-card Michele Pirro. The incident was reviewed after the race.


Most riders switched to the medium rear tyre for the longer 27-lap grand prix, after choosing the soft tyre for Sprint. Except for the five Hondas, who felt they had nothing to lose by sticking with the soft.

Marc Marquez benefitted from Binder’s fall to reach sixth and was catching the Aprilia Racing of fifth place Maverick Vinales as the laps counted down. But the soft rubber looked to suffer in the final laps, when Marquez lost out on sixth to RNF Aprilia’s Miguel Oliveira and nearly Luca Marini of team Mooney VR46 Ducati, who made a last-lap lunge but ran wide.

The next best Honda was wild-card Stefan Bradl, in 18th. Marquez’s Repsol Honda team-mate Joan Mir crashed out, again. GASGAS Tech3’s Pol Espargaro also joined the DNF list after a fifth accident of the weekend.


At the end of the race, fans started entering the race starting grid to join the podium celebration. Mechanics and team managers in the Pramac box were cheering in joy “Martinator, Martinator!”.

While world title holder Francesco Bagnaia had a sweet bitter moment, he was clearly in pain as soon as he finished the race, a team manager helped him step off his bike and walk towards his teammates, he seemed exhausted, yet happy he made it this far with his team after luckily avoiding a serious injury.

Marco Bezzecchi enjoyed another podium of the season, especially after racing with an injured left hand, which didn’t stop him from hustling his way up to the podium.


A day of official testing will take place at the circuit on Monday, when Marc Marquez and Fabio Quartararo will get their first taste of the 2024 prototypes from Honda and Yamaha, respectively.

MOTOGP INDIA DEBUT After a weekend off, MotoGP will head for India and its debut at the Buddh International Circuit on September 22-24.

Race results from the San Marino MotoGP at Misano, round 12 of 20 in the 2023 world championship:
1 Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP23) 41m 33.421s
2 Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +1.350s
3 Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP23) +3.812s
4 Dani Pedrosa SPA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +4.481s
5 Maverick Viñales SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23) +10.510s
6 Miguel Oliveira POR RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22) +12.274s
7 Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) +13.576s
8 Raul Fernandez SPA RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22) +14.091s
9 Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22) +14.982s
10 Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP23) +15.484s
11 Alex Marquez SPA Gresini Ducati (GP22) +15.702s
12 Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Racing (RS-GP23) +15.878s
13 Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +15.898s
14 Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16) +23.778s
15 Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1) +24.579s
16 Augusto Fernandez SPA Tech3 GASGAS (RC16)* +31.230s
17 Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP22) +32.537s
18 Stefan Bradl GER LCR Honda (RC213V) +35.330s
19 Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V) +43.601s
Pol Espargaro SPA Tech3 GASGAS (RC16) DNF
Joan Mir SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V) DNF
Jack Miller AUS Red Bull KTM (RC16) DNF
Michele Pirro ITA Ducati (GP23) DNF


Credit: AIPS Media

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