Moto GP – German GP – Sprint

After the battle on Italian soil, the calendar moves up to the north and goes to Sachsenring, for the 2023 version of the German GP. As on this weekend, it tends to deliver some crazy races over the last couple of years. Qualify session was no exception, as the front row all share the same lap tenth.

1. Francesco Bagnaia /// 2. Luca Marini /// 3. Jack Miller
4. Johann Zarco /// 5. Marco Bezzecchi /// 6. Jorge Martin
7. Marc Marquez /// 8. Alex Marquez /// 9. Brad Binder
10. Aleix Espargaro /// 11. Enea Bastianini /// 12. Fabio Quatararo
13. Maverick Viñales /// 14. Fabio Di Giannantoino /// 15. Augusto Fernandez
16. Miguel Oliveira /// 17. Franco Morbidelli /// 18. Takaaki Nakagami
19. Raul Fernandez /// 20. Jonas Folger

Lights were off and the sprint was underway, pole sitter Francesco Bagnaia was able to hold the lead, followed closely by Jorge Martin, Jack Miller, Luca Marini and Marc Marquez closing the top 5. Lead drastically changed as both Bagnaia and Martin went wide on turn 1 and Jack Miller was the provisional leader.

The front of the race started to get quite contested, as the lead was constantly changed between Bagnaia and Miller at the front, with Martin, Marini and Binder being on close contention for the sprint lead. As both Miller and Bagnaia were fighting for the lead, Jorge Martin made a superb move on both riders and took provisional lead; The Pramac rider started to fly on track.

Several laps passed by and Martin was on his own pace, creating a gap of +1 second from the chasing group, meanwhile Bezzecchi and Zarco joined the group behind Martin, as all riders from there were on striking distance. Bagnaia was able to separate from there and was also running separated from the rest, but in 2nd. Eventually, Miller also did separate from that group, as the provisional 3rd place.

As top 3 spots were pretty much secured, the race focused on the battle for 4th, as Luca Marini was on constant pressure from Brad Binder and Johann Zarco, as the Italian rider was able to respond to every attack of the South African rider, the Frencman saw this as an opportunity, and on the last lap, made an intense move on the KTM bike that improved his standing to 5th, with Marini holding up 4th until the end of the race.

Sprint results:

1. Jorge Martin /// 2. Francesco Bagnaia /// 3. Jack Miller
4. Luca Marini /// 5. Johann Zarco /// 6. Brad Binder
7. Marco Bezzecchi /// 8. Alex Marquez /// 9. Aleix Espargaro
10. Enea Bastianini /// 11. Marc Marquez /// 12. Fabio Di Giannantoino
13. Fabio Quatararo /// 14. Augusto Fernandez /// 15. Franco Morbidelli
16. Miguel Oliveira /// 17. Takaaki Nakagami /// 18. Raul Fernandez

DNF: Maverick Viñales, Jonas Folger

Superb performance for Jorge Martin, who gets the sprint win and a momentum boost that could develop on tomorrow’s race, meanwhile the dominance from Ducati keeps showing off, as KTM looks like the only possible bike that could ruin the victory celebration for any Ducati bike. As for tomorrow, raceday could be another different story to tell.

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2023 German GP
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