Moto GP – British GP – Race
A cloudy day saws the Silverstone circuit for the 2023 British GP, as riders return back to action for the kickoff of the 2nd half of the season
Race begins with a quick start from Brad Binder, meanwhile a contact between Agusto Fernandez and championship contender Jorge Martin, caused that both riders were sent to the back of the pack, especially hurtful for Martin, as both championship rivals were at the front.
It was Francesco Bagnaia who took the lead a couple of laps later, it looked like the Ducati wanted to create a gap, but was quickly caught by Marco Bezzecchi and started to put some pressure on thee race leader. But then a series of events would happen on track.
First, a mid pack incident that saw sprint winner Alex Marquez abandoning after losing the grip, then Joan Mir also DNF, and then a big hit to Bezzecchi’s championship hopes, as the Italian rider loses the grip as he was chasing Bagnaia and creating a point gap in favour of the Ducati rider.
As race develops, the only rider at the toe with Francesco Bagnaia was Aleix Espargaro, who even with the pace differential between the Ducati and the Aprilia, was able to keep up with a gap not bigger than +.5 seconds, it was essential for both Maverick Viñales and Brad Binder, as these riders were able to catch the race leaders and the quest for the win became a 4-horse race.
As things were getting intense at the track, it quickly went even more intense, as rain drops were starting to fall on different parts of the track, Bagnaia was still on the lead, as his persecutors were in a constant fight, first between Aleix and Viñales, then Binder overtook both of them, and then Aleix recovered the 2nd spot, as laps were quickly fading away.
It was even more thrilling, as the Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira was making a late charge, as the conditions were getting more wet. He made moves on Binder and Viñales, and was closing the gap with Espargaro and Bagnaia. It looked like Oliveira would be able to catch up with the race leader, but it was overtaken by Brad Binder later on, it looked like Bagnaia would be able to hold the lead, but a superb exit from Aleix at the 3rd sector gained him the lead and was able to hold up untill the finish line. Gaining the 2nd career win at the premium class and the 1st of the season.
1. Aleix Espargaro /// 2. Francesco Bagnaia/// 3. Brad Binder
4. Oliveira /// 5. Maverick Viñales/// 6. Jorge Martin
7. Luca Marini /// 8. Jack Miller /// 9. Johann Zarco
10. Raul Fernandez /// 11. Augusto Fernandez/// 12. Pol Espargaro
13. Fabio Di Giannantoino /// 14. Franco Morbidelli ///15. Fabio Quatararo
16. Takaaki Nakagami/// 17. Iker Lecuona
DNF: Enea Bastianini, Marc Marquez, Marco Bezzecchi, Alex Marquez, Joan Mir
A massive race that ends with an Aprilia bike at the honor spot of the podium and with the championship leader increasingly his chances for a back to back title. With the championship moving to Austria, for its respective GP, in 2 weeks.