Moto GP – Dutch GP – Race
As the season arrives at the 8th race of the championship, riders take part of the starting grid for the 2023 Dutch GP on the all mighty circuit of TT Assen. One of the most iconic races of the Moto GP calendar.
As the light went off and race started, the KTM rider Brad Binder saw the lead of the race, as the South African rider went in front of the Ducatis of Bagnaia, Bezzecchi and Marini, with the last one being overtaken by Aleix Espargaro at the end of the first lap, meanwhile, Jack Miller loses the bike, as the Aussie rider was fighting for position with Maverick Viñales; With also the Aprilia rider finding the gravel, some laps later.
As the race continues, Bagnaia didn’t have much problem to gain the lead from Brad Binder and was now starting to increase the pace on track, as Binder and Bezzecchi were the only ones who could actually keep up with the pace and Aleix Espargaro running alone at 4th, being far for the leading group, but also ahead from the rider in 5th.
With laps running by, Binder was keeping up with Bagnaia pace and were quite close on track, but eventually the KTM’s pace started to decrease and Bagnaia opened a small gap between him and the riders behind Binder and Bezzecchi. Several DNFs started to accumulate, as Zarco, Miller, Quartarato, Bastianini and Oliveira joined Viñales and Miller on the list.
With Binder’s KTM losing the pace with Bagnaia, it was now Bezzecchi who took the charge and went for 2nd place, as the South African struggle on track, as for that moment, was on constant pressure from Aleix Espargaro for the last spot of the podium.
As Binder managed to keep up ahead of both Aleix and recently joined the group, Jorge Martin. As Francesco Bagnaia grabs another race win, with Marco Bezzecchi finishing at 2nd and Brad Binder closing the podium. But eventually a race direction sends a message, that Brad Binder crossed the track limits and was demoted to 4th, doing the exact same scenario from yesterday’s Sprint. Meaning that Aleix Espargaro returns to the podium, at P3.
1. Francesco Bagnaia /// 2. Marco Bezzecchi /// 3. Aleix Espargaro
4. Brad Binder /// 5. Jorge Martin /// 6. Alex Marquez
7. Luca Marini /// 8. Takaaki Nakagami /// 9. Franco Morbidelli
10. Augusto Fernandez /// 11. Lorenzo Savadori /// 12. Raul Fernandez
13. Stefan Brald /// 14. Jonas Folger
DNF: Fabio Di Giannantoino, Iker Lecuona, Miguel Oliveira, Enea Bastianini, Maverick Viñales, Fabio Quatararo, Johann Zarco, Jack Miller
Another superb performance for Francesco Bagnaia, who keeps a 1 weekend gap of points between his closest competitors, Marco Bezzecchi and Jorge Martin, being just ahead of the 37-point gap, which is the maximum possible points that could be obtained on a weekend. Next up, Great Britain, after the 5 week summer break.