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After a day dominated by Jorge Martin, who took pole position in the morning and converted it to a Sprint victory, Sunday will offer us the main event, the Grand Prix.
Winning margin over three seconds
Brad Binder to finish on the podium
MotoGP Misano 2023 race predictions
Jorge Martin was clearly a step above the rest on Saturday at Misano, as he took pole position by four tenths of a second and then led from start to finish in the Sprint. Marco Bezzecchi and Francesco Bagnaia followed the Pramac Ducati rider on both occasions, just one week after they both sustained injuries at Barcelona.
Prediction #1: Winning margin over three seconds
This weekend is a good opportunity for Jorge Martin, as he aims to close his gap to Bagnaia, which is down to 45 points after yesterday’s action. The Spaniard will have the two wounded Italians behind him, so the possibility of both of them struggling to maintain good pace in the long race is quite significant.
As a result, Martin can used them to create a buffer to the chasing pack, especially if the others behind are held up. With the Ducati being the class of the field and Martin on great form, we believe he can win the race by more than three seconds.
Prediciction #2: Brad Binder to finish on the podium
Brad Binder was impressive in the Sprint that was held on Saturday, with plenty of spectacular moves. In the end, he found himself in fifth position, right on the tail of the KTM of Dani Pedrosa, as well as Francesco Bagnaia. For the final couple of laps, he was closing on them at a rate of knots, so it is fair to assume that with a couple more laps he could have gotten past them.
Additionally, Binder is known as a good performer in the longer races and he has visited the podium twice in the last three races. The exception was last weekend, where he retired because of an engine failure. The KTM bike is performing very well in the stop-start nature of the Misano layout and Binder will be able to take advantage.
Weather forecast for the Grand Prix
After two days of action under sunshine, no changes are predicted for the main event of the San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix weekend. Relatively hot temperatures are forecast for the race, reaching up to around 27 degrees Celsius.
Important Details for the Grand Prix
How can I watch the San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix? For MotoGP fans in the UK, coverage will be live on TNT Sports. For those in Australia, the race will be broadcast on Foxtel. Sadly, fans from the US will have to wait for the highlights package on NBC. The MotoGP website will have live coverage for its subscribers too.
When will the Grand Prix start? The Grand Prix will get underway on 1:00 pm BST (GMT +1).
What happened in qualifying? Jorge Martin set a new track record, as he took a dominant pole position for both races.
How did the Sprint unfold? Despite some early pressure from Marco Bezzecchi, Jorge Martin converted his pole to a victory in the Sprint race on Saturday afternoon.
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