Moto GP – Thailand GP – Sprint
Only 4 rounds to go, as a 27 point gap separates the Francesco Bagnaia from Jorge martin, with only 148 left on the season, every point matters for the title race.
The qualy session showed an intense one for pole position, as Jorge Martin shines with a big lap to take pole position, as Luca Marini and Pol Espargaro complete the front row for both the sprint and race day, meanwhile the championship leader Francesco Bagnaia will start this race from 6th place.
1. Jorge Martin /// 2. Luca Marini /// 3. Aleix Espargaro
4. Marco Bezzecchi /// 5. Brad Binder /// 6. Francesco Bagnaia
7. Alex Marquez /// 8. Marc Marquez ///9. Maverick Viñales
10. Fabio Quartararo /// 11. Johann Zarco /// 12. Augusto Fernandez
13. Fabio Di Giannantonio /// 14. Raul Fernandez /// 15. Jack Miller
16. Takaaki Nakagami /// 17. Pol Espargaro /// 18. Franco Morbidelli
19. Joan Mir /// 20. Miguel Oliveira /// 21. Enea Bastianini
Lights were off and the sprint was underway, as Marini wanted to grab the lead at the start, but Martin was able to respond quickly and recover the lead, as Aleix was on 3rd, being pressured by Brad Binder and Marc Marquez, as the battle for 2nd intensifies. Francesco Bagnaia was at 9th, as Jorge Martin started to fly.
From 2nd to 8th a big row group created, as Marini, Binder, Aleix, Marc, Bezzecchi, Alex and Zarco were on close contention, with all mentioned riders showing similar pace on track, with Marini and Binder developing a feud for the 2nd spot of the podium. At the back, Bagnaia was attempting to recover at the standings, as the Ducati rider overtook Johann Zarco and Alex Marquez for 7th place.
With both Binder and Marini in a fierce battle, it was an invitation for Jorge Martin to develop a gap for the lead, as the 7 rider group quickly divided on small groups, as Aleix Espargaro was under pressure from Marco Bezzecchi and Marc Marquez, as Bagnaia was closing the gap ahead of the Spaniard. Up ahead, Brad Binder was finally able to pass Marini and took 2nd place.
As the sprint was quickly close to an end, several riders were called for track limits abuse, as from 4th to 10th were called from race control, to not abuse from track limits. Meanwhile some last lap battles quickly developed, as Aleix Espargaro went wide on a turn, and Marquez entered a battle with the Aprilia bike, that took them until the finish line, as the Honda rider took 4th by a little Margin, same for Bezzecchi, who was barely able to hold Bagnaia at the finish line.
Dominant display for Jorge Martin, who takes another sprint race to the bag, as Brad Binder gets 2nd and Luca Marini closes the podium on 3rd.
1. Jorge Martin /// 2. Brad Binder /// 3. Luca Marini
4. Marc Marquez /// 5. Aleix Espargaro /// 6. Marco Bezzecchi
7. Francesco Bagnaia /// 8. Alex Marquez ///9. Johann Zarco
10. Jack Miller /// 11. Fabio Quatararo /// 12. Joan Mir
13. Enea Bastianini /// 14. Raul Fernandez /// 15. Franco Morbidelli
16. Pol Espargaro /// 17. Miguel Oliveira/// 18. Maverick Viñales
19. Takaaki Nakagami
DNF: Fabio Di Giannantonio, Augusto Fernandez
Much needed result for Jorge Martin, as the spaniard cuts the gap from 27 to 18 points at the championship standings, with maximum 25 available for tomorrow’s race, Chang International Circuit prepares for an intense race, as the championship gets closer to its climax.
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