Marquez returns with superb podium, Mir shows his potential

Marquez returns with superb podium, Mir shows his potential

Marquez returns

Greater Noida 25th September 2023 The positive progress in India continued as Marc Marquez sent the crowd into a frenzy on his way to third in the Sprint Race while Joan Mir took positives from his strong start at the Buddh International Circuit.

Afternoon rain saw delays hit the Indian Grand Prix, the MotoGP riders getting an extra ‘Wet Session’ to try the new circuit in the changeable conditions. A handful of further delays meant that the Sprint Race would start with every rider on slick tyres as the Indian sun began to set overhead.

As drama unfolded at the front and the back of the field, Marc Marquez and Joan Mir stayed clear at the front and immediately found themselves in podium contention. Swapping positions across the opening laps, the pair kept Bagnaia in second in their sights. Pushing harder with each lap, Marquez soon found himself comfortably in third until Brad Binder appeared in the dying stages of the race. Setting a 1’45.257 on the last lap of the race, the #93’s quickest lap, showed the intensity with which Marquez rode to clinch third. The result sees him return to the podium for the first time since the opening race of the year in Portugal.

Joan Mir’s strong form in India continued as a perfectly timed lap in Q2 saw the double World Champion earn his best qualifying result of the year with fifth. Starting one spot ahead of his Repsol Honda Team teammate, Mir launched well and tussled with Marquez early on. A mistake after a few laps saw the #36 drop down to ninth. As he attempted to rally, Mir suffered a harmless fall at Turn 3 – ending his race. Although unable to take the flag, Mir and his side of the Repsol Honda Team garage are buoyed by the start of the race and will be looking to replicate it on Sunday.

Temperatures are predicted to be similarly intense on Sunday, but everyone is hoping the rain will stay away so the local fans can experience the unrestricted thrill of a MotoGP Grand Prix. Lights are scheduled to go out at 15:30 Local Time on Sunday, September 24.

Marc Marquez (3rd)

“A really important and of course good feeling day. I was there with the group, pushing and able to ride in a really good way. I had to take a lot of risks, especially at the end to defend and I set my fastest lap of the race on the last lap. But I was able to be consistent and ride well which is the main point and take away. Doing it again tomorrow will be more difficult, but we need to enjoy this moment and get another boost of motivation from it. I want to say a big thank you to the Repsol Honda Team and HRC for their continued efforts.”

Joan Mir (DNF)

“I think overall we had a really solid Saturday, we earned our best grid position of the year and continued to be able to run at the front. We started the race well and in those opening laps it was all going well and I was feeling really good on the bike. Unfortunately, I made a mistake and then crashed soon after, this is obviously a shame because it would have been fantastic to bring home a result for the team. Still we were able to show more of our potential and we will try to finish the job we started today in the main race on Sunday.”

 

Indian GP – Sprint Race

 

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 MARTIN JORGE 89 SPA 12 Pramac Racing Ducati 19’18.836
2 BAGNAIA FRANCESCO 1 ITA 9 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1.389
3 MARQUEZ MARC 93 SPA 7 Repsol Honda Team Honda 2.405
4 BINDER BRAD 33 RSA 6 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.904
5 BEZZECCHI MARCO 72 ITA 5 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 3.266
6 QUARTARARO FABIO 20 FRA 4 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 4.327
7 MILLER JACK 43 AUS 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 7.172
8 VINALES MAVERICK 12 SPA 2 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 8.798
9 FERNANDEZ RAUL 25 SPA 1 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 10.53
10 DI GIANNANTONIO FABIO 49 ITA 0 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 10.826
11 FERNANDEZ AUGUSTO 37 SPA 0 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 11.456
12 OLIVEIRA MIGUEL 88 POR 0 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 15.415
13 NAKAGAMI TAKAAKI 30 JPN 0 LCR Honda Honda 17.437
14 PIRRO MICHELE 51 ITA 0 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 23.714
15 MORBIDELLI FRANCO 21 ITA 0 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 36.468
16 ESPARGARO ALEIX 41 SPA DNF Aprilia Racing Aprilia DNF
17 ZARCO JOHANN 5 FRA DNF Pramac Racing Ducati DNF
18 MIR JOAN 36 SPA DNF Repsol Honda Team Honda DNF
19 MARINI LUCA 10 ITA DNF Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati DNF
20 BRADL STEFAN 6 GER DNF LCR Honda Honda DNF
21 ESPARGARO POL 44 SPA DNF Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM DNF

 

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