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After a very interesting sprint on Saturday, Sunday will bring us the first Indian Grand Prix, at the Buddh International Circuit.
Marco Bezzecchi to win
Maverick Vinales to finish on the podium
MotoGP India 2023 Tips
The sprint brought us many surprises, starting from the first corner. The polesitter, Marco Bezzecchi, was tagged by his VR46 teammate, Luca Marini, with disastrous consequences. The former didn’t crash, but dropped to the tail end of the field, while the latter fell and broke his collarbone.
Bezzecchi recovered to fifth with impressive pace, but it was too little, too late in terms of the battle for the win. Jorge Martin led from start to finish and Francesco Bagnaia followed him home, so the gap between them was reduced to just 33 points, half of what it had reached after the Barcelona sprint race.
All these facts create huge anticipation for the Grand Prix, so let’s make a few predictions for the event:
Tip #1: Marco Bezzecchi to win
Marco Bezzecchi had a fantastic start to the weekend, with pole position in qualifying, as he just edged out Jorge Martin. What leads us to this tip though was his performance in the sprint.
Despite finishing fifth in the shorter race, Marco Bezzecchi showed amazing pace. In fact, the Italian rider was considerably faster than Martin and Bagnaia at the front in the duration of the sprint, excluding the first lap, even through traffic and numerous overtakes.
Tip #2: Brad Binder to step on the podium
Yellow flags have not been Brad Binder best friend this weekend. He was first caught out in the final minutes of practice, which cost him an automatic promotion to Q2. That was still achievable through Q1 though, but he was again caught out in his final fast lap.
His pace has still been impressive, a fact confirmed by his fourth-place finish in the sprint. The longer distance of 21 laps in the Grand Prix will surely come to his aid tomorrow, as its suits his riding style and will also hurt the Hondas and Yamahas more. Especially if one of Bezzecchi, Martin and Bagnaia have something go wrong, Binder should be there to capitalise.
Weather conditions for the Indian GP
Warm weather is expected for the first Indian Grand Prix. The temperatures will hover around 32 degrees Celsius during the start of the race. The chance of rain is also relatively low, with precipitation around 20%.
Important details ahead of the Indian GP
Where is the Indian GP broadcast? Find out where you can catch all the action from the Buddh International Circuit.
When does the 2023 Indian GP start? The race will start at 11:00 pm British Summer Time, which is GMT +1.
How did qualifying unfold? After beating Jorge Martin and Francesco Bagnaia by a narrow margin, Marco Bezzecchi will start from pole position for the third time in 2023.
What happened in the sprint? After an eventful start, which included a clash between the VR46 teammates, Jorge Martin found a clear path to victory in the sprint.
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