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The championship leader has now changed and it will be interesting to see if Francesco Bagnaia can fight back and show strong pace in the very important and highly anticipated Indonesian Grand Prix.
Jorge Martin to win
Brad Binder to finish on the podium
MotoGP Indonesia 2023 Tips
The Sprint race in Mandalika proved to be a very important event in the context of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship, as Jorge Martin won and became the new leader in the standings. Entering the race three points behind Francesco Bagnaia, the Spaniard now leads by seven and the Italian has a tall task ahead of him.
Bagnaia has struggled this weekend, as he was sixteenth in practice, meaning he had to take part in Q1. There, he was eliminated by his teammate and qualified just thirteenth as a result. The Sprint did not go much better, as he failed to climb up the order and finished eighth.
In the Grand Prix, Luca Marini will start first after claiming his maiden pole on Saturday. He will be joined on the front row by the two factory Aprilia bikes of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro.
Marco Bezzecchi will have a difficult race ahead of him, as he will race just a week after breaking his collarbone and having surgery on it. Alex Marquez will not participate, as he is still feeling the effects of his crash in India that left him with broken ribs.
Tip #1: Jorge Martin to win
It is rare that we see a rider in the kind of form Jorge Martin is in right now. The Spaniard has won the last four Sprint races, with two more wins in the last three Grands Prix to his name. He has won on all kinds of conditions, no matter if he started from pole or had to come through the field.
His qualifying effort wasn’t quite on line with his recent streak, as it put him sixth on the grid, but he restored order in the Sprint. He overtook four bikes ahead of him methodically and became the championship leader. That could be an even bigger confidence boost for the Pramac Ducati rider and we’ll see how that translates in the race.
For the moment, he seems unstoppable and we have to back him based on the zone he is in right now and his commanding performance in the Sprint.
Tip #2: Brad Binder to finish on the podium
An outsider call is the one we will opt for the podium finish. Brad Binder barely raced in the Sprint, as he was taken out by Aleix Espargaro in the opening few laps.
His race prospect looks promising though, with the VR46 riders likely to drop back thanks to the injuries they have sustained recently and Maverick Vinales showing his long run pace is not as good, as he dropped back in the end of the Sprint. Binder is a rider that comes alive in the races and -with a starting spot of fifth- a podium is what he is aiming for.
Weather conditions for the Indonesian GP
Last year, the Grand Prix took place in very wet conditions and even its start was delayed. This year, things could be quite different. Despite a small increase over the past couple of days, the chance of rain around the start of the race is about 20%. Temperatures will be very high, around 35 degrees Celsius, making for a challenging race for the riders.
Important details ahead of the Indonesian GP
Where can I watch the Indonesian GP? Read where you can catch all the action from Mandalika on Sunday.
When does the Indonesian GP start? The fifteenth Grand Prix of 2023 starts at 8:00 am BST (GMT +1).
Who took pole position? As Luca Marini took his first MotoGP pole position, Francesco Bagnaia failed to progress into Q2.
What happened in the sprint? In a commanding ride, Jorge Martin took his fourth straight Sprint victory and became the championship leader.
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