Jorge Martín (Ducati) won a sprint race affected by the weather, the track and a delay of more than an hour and a half. An intense saw him victorious ahead of Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) and Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda).
Also scoring points were Brad Binder, Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Quartararo, Jack Miller, Maverick Viñales, Raúl Fernández.
Martín reduced the gap to Bagnaia in the title tussle to 33 points.
The MotoGP riders will take part in the main race at the Buddh International Circuit at 12pm (CEST) on Sunday.
Marc Márquez returns to the podium in sprint race
Starting high up the order after good results in qualifying, Marc Márquez and Joan Mir battled against the track conditions due to the changeable weather.
Márquez, who took off from sixth position, managed to make a solid start that allowed him to remain in the leading group throughout the race. As the laps went by, the Repsol Honda Team rider maintained third place and placed on the podium.
Joan Mir, who started from fifth, made a good start and got into the Top 3, but a small mistake saw him crash out of the race.
Both riders will fight again on Sunday in the race itself, with weather conditions expected to be better than on Saturday.
Sprint Race Results: Indian GP (11 laps)
|1. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||19:18.836|
|2. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||+1.389|
|3. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||+2.405|
|4. Brad Binder||KTM||+2.904|
|5. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||+3.266|
|6. Fabio Quartararo||YAMAHA||+4.327|
|7. Jack Miller||KTM||+7.172|
|8. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||+8.798|
|9. Raúl Fernández||APRILIA||+10.530|
|Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||DNF|
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||292|
|2. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||259|
|3. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||223|
|4. Brad Binder||KTM||179|
|5. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||160|
|6. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||147|
|7. Luca Marini||DUCATI||135|
|8. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||130|
|9. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||108|
|10. Jack Miller||KTM||107|
|17. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||38|
|26. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||5|
“A really important and of course good feeling day. I was there with the group, pushing and able to ride in a really good way. I had to take a lot of risks, especially at the end to defend and I set my fastest lap of the race on the last lap. But I was able to be consistent and ride well which is the main point and take away. Doing it again tomorrow will be more difficult, but we need to enjoy this moment and get another boost of motivation from it. I want to say a big thank you to the Repsol Honda Team and HRC for their continued efforts.”
“I think overall we had a really solid Saturday, we earned our best grid position of the year and continued to be able to run at the front. We started the race well and in those opening laps it was all going well and I was feeling really good on the bike. Unfortunately, I made a mistake and then crashed soon after, this is obviously a shame because it would have been fantastic to bring home a result for the team. Still we were able to show more of our potential and we will try to finish the job we started today in the main race on Sunday.”