News 11 Sep 2023

Misano MotoGP sweep completed by Pramac's Martin

Moto2 leader Acosta and Moto3 sensation Alonso reign supreme.

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Momentum swung in the way of Prima Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin at Misano as the Spaniard converted pole position to take both sprint and MotoGP victories in San Marino, as Pedro Acosta and David Alonso emerged on top in the Moto2 and Moto3 classes respectively.

There was no stopping Martin at the 12th round of the 2023 season, setting a blistering pace in qualifying to then take controlled, but commanding victories at the 4.226km circuit.

His margin of victory on Sunday was ultimately 1.350s ahead of Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team), the Italian overcoming championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) throughout the bout to secure the runner-up position. Both Bezzecchi and Bagnaia pushed through the discomfort of their injuries sustained the weekend prior at Catalunya.

An impressive wildcard weekend from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Dani Pedrosa was concluded by a P4 finish on Sunday, the number 26 keeping constant pressure on the podium fight for much of the race.

In fifth was Aprilia Racing’s Maverick Vinales, while CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team’s Miguel Oliveira, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Raul Fernandez (CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP Team), Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) and Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) completed the top 10.

A challenging weekend for Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was brought to a premature end on Sunday following an incident where he was brought down by Racing’s Michele Pirro. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Brad Binder crashed in the opening laps but remounted and finished P14.

Looking at the 2023 MotoGP World Championship standings, Bagnaia leads on 283 ahead of Martin and Bezzecchi with 247 and 218 points respectively.

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Moto2 World Championship leader Acosta returned to the top step in convincing fashion at Misano, storming to a 6.305s victory to extend his points lead.

Second to the number 37 was pole-setter Celestino Vietti, continuing his positive uplift in form, as Alonso Lopez (CAG SpeedUP) completed the top three.

From ninth on the grid, former championship leader Tony Arbolino (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) worked his way to fourth, as Japanese talent Ai Ogura completed the top five.

Australian Senna Agius (Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP) qualified just seven-tenths off pole – the closest he has been so far in the world championship – but a crash at turn eight brought an end to his race.

Acosta’a lead in the standings is now 34 points ahead of Arbolino, with Jack Dixon (Inde GasGas Aspar Team) – 12th in San Marino – third and a further 31 points back.

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Misano could prove to be a decisive round in the 2023 Moto3 World Championship, with GasGas Aspar Team sensation Alonso notching another victory, while points leader Daniel Holgado (Red Bull KTM Tech3) finished outside of the top 15.

Alonso was once again at the right place at the right time on the last lap, slicing past both Jaume Masia (Leopard Racing) and Deniz Oncu (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in the final sector.

Masia ultimately finished 0.036s from the lead in P2, ahead of Oncu third as David Munoz (BOE Motorsports) and Colin Veijer (Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP) completed the top five.

Championship contenders Ayumu Sasaki (Liqui Moly Husqvarna Intact GP) and Holgado finished P7 and P16 respectively, while Australia’s Joel Kelso was 19th to take the chequered flag.

The 2023 MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Cup season came to a close at Misano, with Jacob Roulstone finishing P5 in the standings and Carter Thompson concluding the campaign with 12-15 results.

Additionally, the 2023 MotoE World Championship was wrapped up by HP Pons Los40 rider Mattia Casadei with a hard-fought victory in race one at Misano.

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