2023 Qatar GP Sprint race Results

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Jorge Martín wins sprint race at Qatar GP

2023 Qatar GP Sprint race Results

The MotoGP title picture became ever-tighter with a victory for Jorge Martín in the Qatar GP sprint race, held under the floodlights of Lusail. Fabio Di Giannantonio and Luca Marini placed on the podium alongside the title challenger.

Behind them, Álex Márquez and Pecco Bagnaia completed a Top 5 of Ducati riders, followed by Maverick Viñales, Brad Binder, Fabio Quartararo and Augusto Fernández in the points-scoring positions.

Hard race for Marc Márquez and Joan Mir

Starting from seventh on the grid, Marc Márquez got off the line well and gained two places on the first corner. However, an incident on the third lap led to him losing several positions and dropping to ninth. He remained in a tussle with Zarco for a large part of the race, but in the final stages of the race he ran wide and finally crossed the finish line in eleventh position.

Behind, there was a difficult race for Joan Mir, who started twentieth. The Repsol Honda Team rider managed to stay on track despite incidents on the first lap. He had issues maintaining the pace when in eighteenth, eventually being passed with two laps to go, placing nineteenth.

The Qatar GP itself takes place on Sunday at 8pm local time.

Qatar GP: Race Results (11 laps)

1. Jorge MartínDUCATI20:52.634
2. Fabio Di GiannantonioDUCATI+0.391
3. Luca MariniDUCATI+2.875
4. Álex MárquezDUCATI+3.370
5. Pecco BagnaiaDUCATI+3.957
6. Maverick ViñalesAPRILIA+4.239
7. Brad BinderKTM+5.761
8. Fabio QuartararoYAMAHA+ 6.454
9. Augusto FernándezGASGAS+8.285
11. Marc MárquezREPSOL HONDA+9.596
19. Joan MirREPSOL HONDA+28.446

General Standings

1. Pecco BagnaiaDUCATI417
2. Jorge MartínDUCATI410
3. Marco BezzecchiDUCATI323
4. Brad BinderKTM257
5. Johann ZarcoDUCATI200
6. Aleix EspargaróAPRILIA198
7. Maverick ViñalesAPRILIA179
8. Luca MariniDUCATI178
9. Fabio QuartararoYAMAHA158
10. Jack MillerKTM156
14. Marc MárquezREPSOL HONDA84
22. Joan MirREPSOL HONDA24


Marc Márquez

“We made a really good start to the race and had a strong first lap. Unfortunately, I had a race incident with Binder soon after, it happens. Then I got a bit stuck behind Zarco and I couldn’t get past him which limited us. Towards the end of the race I went wide at Turn 1 and had some contact with Raul Fernandez – sorry to him. At a track like Qatar, these things can happen because when you go off line even a little bit it is very slippery. Another one to tomorrow.”

Joan Mir

“Today was a really tough and we obviously can’t be happy with the result. There are some things that we need to check deeply to understand our situation better for the race tomorrow. I was expecting more from today because it looked like we had found the direction to follow on Friday. There’s another chance tomorrow so let’s see what’s possible.”

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