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After Francesco Bagnaia took pole position in qualifying, a big battle is expected in Barcelona, both for the win and podium spots.
Aleix Espargaro to win
Jorge Martin to finish on the podium
MotoGP Barcelona 2023 Sprint Race Predictions
Francesco Bagnaia will start on pole position for the twelve-lap sprint race that will take place today, He was able to narrowly beat the Aprilias of Aleix Espargaro, Miguel Oliveira and Maverick Vinales, all of which have been very competitive the whole weekend. Jorge Martin will start fifth.
Prediction #1: Aleix Espargaro to Win
Aleix Espargaro is racing on home soil this weekend, as he grew up just a few kilometers away from the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. The Catalan rider is in very good form after the summer break and he won just recently at Silverstone, where he battled against Bagnaia for victory on the final lap.
With two more Aprilias behind him, the weak point of the bike, its race starts, will somewhat be negated for both races. His race pace is always strong and he will be very dedicated to win at home. On the other hand, Bagnaia can be more conservative, as he will look to further extend his championship lead. As a result, expect Espargaro to take a few risks.
Prediction #2: Jorge Martin to finish on the podium
As for the fight for the podium, we will back Jorge Martin. The Spaniard’s riding style is particularly suited to the Sprint races, something backed by the six podiums he has achieved this season in such races. He was on the podium last time out in Austria as well, although somewhat controversially after contact with other riders.
He will probably benefit from the Aprilias ahead of him having slower race starts, so he should be able to gain a few places on the first lap. Then, the Ducati’s high top speed and his own aggressive riding style will help him defend and hold on to a podium spot.
MotoGP Barcelona 2023 Weather Conditions
After a few drops of rain earlier today, clouds will remain above the circuit for the rest of the day. In terms of rain though, the expectation is that the track will remain dry for the Sprint. Don’t rule a bit of precipitation out though.
MotoGP Barcelona 2023 Important details
How can I watch the Catalan GP Sprint race in the UK, the US and Australia? TNT Sports and Foxtel will have live coverage of the race in UK and Australia respectively, while NBC Sports will only show highlights for the US viewers.
What is the Catalan GP start time? The race will start at 2:00 pm BST (1:00 pm GMT) on Saturday, September 2nd.
What happened in qualifying? In close fight against three Aprilia riders, Francesco Bagnaia prevailed and claimed pole position.
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