News 19 Jun 2023

MotoGP title fight tightens with Martin German GP win

Acosta and Oncu take 25 points in Moto2, Moto3 at the Sachsenring.

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A memorable weekend for Jorge Martin saw the Spaniard take victory in both the sprint and German GP at the Sachsenring, edging MotoGP leader Francesco Bagnaia to draw closer in the points as Pedro Acosta stood tall in Moto2 and Deniz Oncu made a last-corner move to secure victory in Moto3.

Saturday winner Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) took the lead from pole-setter Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) by lap three in the GP, maintaining roughly a 0.5s advantage for much of the opening half of the race.

The final 10 laps proved the be thrilling, with Bagnaia and Martin swapping the lead back and forth, running within close proximity. The Italian made contact with the back of Martin exiting the final corner on the penultimate lap, however, leaving him with time to claw back.

Try as he might, he was unable to take the lead on the final lap and the number 89 claimed victory by just 0.064s – the second-closest finish in the MotoGP era. Prima Pramac Racing’s Johann Zarco completed the podium, 7.013s from the lead.

In fourth was Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team), leading teammate Luca Marini inside the top five. Australia’s Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) launched to the early lead once more, and was the top non-Ducati home in P6. Additionally, he finished third in Saturday’s sprint race.

Alex Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP), Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo Team), Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing MotoGP) and Miguel Oliveira (CryptoData RNF MotoGP Team) completed the top 10, notably all eight Ducati riders featuring inside the first 10 positions.

After multiple falls during the weekend, Marc Marquez made the decision not to compete in the German GP following a crash in the morning warm-up.

Martin’s success in Germany closes him to 16 points from championship leader Bagnaia as the MotoGP World Championship heads to Assen for the Dutch TT next weekend.

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A dominant showing from Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Acosta in Moto2 saw the talented teenager take the lead early and storm to a 2.730s victory.

Championship leader Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) had no answer for Acosta, but was able to hold off the charge of Polar Cube GasGas Aspar Team’s Jake Dixon to finish second.

Behind Dixon, Somkiat Chantra (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) and Alonso Lopez (MB Conveyors SpeedUp) completed the top five, as Acosta’s victory cuts down Arbolino’s Moto2 World Championship lead to 15 points.

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It was a breakout Moto3 victory for Oncu (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in Germany, besting pole-setter and longtime race leader Ayumu Sasaki (Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP) in a memorable performance.

Sasaki entered the race the clear favourite having qualified on pole by over a second, but Oncu kept himself within striking distance when it counted throughout the 23-lap affair to snatch victory in the closing moments thanks to a last-corner move up the inside.

Just 0.095s separated the leading two across the line, with points leader Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Tech3) a distant third, ahead of Ivan Ortola (Angeluss MTA Team) and David Alonso (Gaviota GasGas Aspar) inside the top five.

Leaving the Sachsenring, Holgado has a 41-point lead in the Moto3 World Championship standings ahead of Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) who finished P6 in Germany.

Detailed results