Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) took another victory at the Buddh International Circuit, a track where Pecco Bagnaia lost vital points in the title fight. Jorge Martín (Ducati) and Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) rounded off the podium for the first Indian Grand Prix.
The Top 10 was completed by Brad Binder (KTM), Joan Mir (Repsol Honda), Johann Zarco (Ducati), Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda) and Raúl Fernández (Aprilia).
Jorge Martín once again closes the distance between him and the championship leader, Pecco Bagnaia. It now stands at 13 points.
The next stop on the calendar is in a week’s time, with the Japanese Grand Prix at Mobility Resort Motegi.
Very hard fought race for Repsol Honda Team riders
The Repsol Honda Team riders once again started from good positions, with both riders gaining places due to the absence of Luca Marini: Joan Mir was fourth, and Marc Márquez fifth.
Márquez repeated his good start from Saturday and joined the leading group. However, on the sixth lap of the race he suffered a small crash that caused him to lose several positions. The Repsol Honda Team rider rejoined the race in 16th position, going on to pass a series of rivals to cross the line ninth.
Joan Mir managed to close the weekend solidly, earning fifth position. He also got off the line in the front group. Maintaining a good pace throughout the race, he secured fifth position, achieving his best result of the season. With this result, Mir has 11 points going into Honda’s home Grand Prix in Japan.
Indian GP: Race Results (21 laps)
|1. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||36:59.157|
|2. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+8.649|
|4. Fabio Quartararo||YAMAHA||+8.855|
|4. Brad Binder||KTM||+12.643|
|5. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||+13.214|
|6. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||+14.673|
|7. Franco Morbidelli||YAMAHA||+16.946|
|8. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||+17.191|
|9. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||+19.118|
|10. Raúl Fernández||APRILIA||+26.504|
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||292|
|2. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||279|
|3. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||248|
|4. Brad Binder||KTM||192|
|5. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||160|
|6. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||157|
|7. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||138|
|8. Luca Marini||DUCATI||135|
|9. Jack Miller||KTM||109|
|10. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||108|
|16. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||45|
|22. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||16|
“If you just looked at the final result and see ninth you wouldn’t know the whole story of our race – but to achieve what could be considered our ‘normal’ result after a crash is a positive. It was a really small crash but I was pushing very hard to stay in the slip stream of the bikes ahead, I went a bit wide and just fell. I came into this race with the motivation of the Sprint podium, so when I saw Pecco and Martin make a mistake I decided I needed to push. This led to the mistake. The most important thing was finishing the race, overall our rhythm was very close to Quartararo so I think we can be overall happy with what we have done this weekend.”
“A great race today. I am super happy with our performance over the weekend and of course to finish in fifth position is a big boost for us. The team and I did a great job to understand the bike more, how you need to make the lap time and be fast this weekend. On the other hand, we had a small thing in the end of the race that meant I lost ground to Fabio and we dropped back. Finally in the end we were able to push and try to catch Binder after I almost crashed. It was a big save! But yeah, a really nice race overall and I have enjoyed my time in India. Let’s keep it up in Japan!”