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2023 Australian GP Results

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Johann Zarco achieves first victory in MotoGP and Bagnaia increases series lead

2023 Australian GP Results

Johan Zarco takes the win, followed by Bagnaia and Di Giannantonio

The Australian Grand Prix was decided by a spectacular last lap, with an unexpected twist in the final stages. Starting from pole position, Jorge Martín led from the first corner until the start of the last lap. The Spaniard had opened a lead of more than 3 seconds, helped by his decision to run a soft tyre. However, he was caught and passed by a group of four riders before the chequered flag.

The winner was Johann Zarco, achieving his first victory in MotoGP, followed by World Championship leader Pecco Bagnaia and Fabio Di Giannantonio, who took the first podium of his career in the premier class. Fourth was Brad Binder, ahead of Martín, Marco Bezzecchi, Jack Miller, Aleix Espargaró, Álex Márquez and Enea Bastianini, who completed the Top 10.

Márquez fades and Mir crashes out

Marc Márquez had a great start to the race from seventh position on the grid. The Repsol Honda team rider gained several positions and for much of the race he was in the group fighting for places from fifth to tenth. However, just as happened to Martín, the choice of the soft tyre compromised him towards the end, and he lost ground to cross the line in fifteenth.

Joan Mir also made a good start and gained two positions. Fighting to stay in the points, he suffered a crash at Turn 4 before the midway point of the race, and was unable to rejoin.

Australian GP Race results (27 laps)

RIDERTEAMTIME
1. Johann ZarcoDUCATI40:39.446
2. Pecco BagnaiaDUCATI+0.201
3. Fabio Di GiannantonioDUCATI+0.477
4. Brad BinderKTM+0.816
5. Jorge MartínDUCATI+1.008
6. Marco BezzecchiDUCATI+8.827
7. Jack MillerKTM+9.283
8. Aleix EspargaróAPRILIA+9.387
9. Álex MárquezDUCATI+9.696
10. Enea BastianiniDUCATI+12.523
15. Marc MárquezREPSOL HONDA+21.118
DNF – Joan MirREPSOL HONDA

World standings

RIDERTEAMPOINTS
1. Pecco BagnaiaDUCATI366
2. Jorge MartínDUCATI339
3. Marco BezzecchiDUCATI293
4. Brad BinderKTM224
5. Johann ZarcoDUCATI187
6. AleIx EspargaróAPRILIA185
7. Maverick ViñalesAPRILIA170
8. Luca MariniDUCATI148
9. Jack MillerKTM144
10. Fabio QuartararoYAMAHA134
16. Marc MárquezREPSOL HONDA65
22. Joan MirREPSOL HONDA20

Statements

Marc Márquez

“Last year the soft tyre brought us the podium, this year the gamble didn’t pay off. I was hoping for a slower race, but straight away Martin was pushing hard and I knew it would be a very fast race. At the start I really enjoyed the ten or so laps with Bagnaia and Zarco as we were fighting a lot. Then I needed to change my tactic and just focus on bringing the bike home as I was suffering more with tyre life. Now we wait and see what will happen with the situation tomorrow.”

Joan Mir

“I disappointed with today, it is another hard one. I was just trying to make my race, not hurting anyone, trying to take care of the tyres because you saw what happened at the end of the race. We were working in the correct way according to the data. Then Marini tried to overtake me and hit me, and I fell after losing the front. Being in the back, the situation is more complicated as the riders are fighting a lot – I was a victim of it today. But this is racing. Let’s see tomorrow.”

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