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For the third time this season in a Sprint, Jorge Martin won the race and took five more points off the lead of Francesco Bagnaia, who made it onto the podium despite plenty of pain.
MotoGP Misano 2023 Sprint: How the action unfolded
When the race got underway, Jorge Martin left his opponents with no options, as a great getaway helped him retain his lead. Francesco Bagnaia got ahead of Marco Bezzecchi, until a mistake at the beginning of the second lap put him back into third.
In the meantime, Dani Pedrosa leapt up to fourth, ahead of Maverick Vinales, while Brad Binder provided fans with plenty of entertainment. A stunning double overtake on Luca Marini and Aleix Espargaro was the move of the race and one of the best of the season. He attempted to get ahead of Vinales a few corners later too, but could not do it on his first two tries.
Literally wrestling his way through the field! 💪
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) September 9, 2023
At the front, Bezzecchi recorded a couple of rapid laps to close his gap to Martin to around half a second. A couple of errors opened the gap to over a second though, and the battle for the win was basically over.
The attention turned to the battle for third, as Pedrosa had caught Bagnaia with four laps remaining. He was unable to pull off an overtake and, despite Binder passing Vinales and catching the pair, the order remained unchanged.
MotoGP Misano 2023 Sprint: The results
Starting from pole, Jorge Martin made to the chequered flag with no issues whatsoever, leading every single meter of the thirteen-lap Sprint. More than a second split him from Marco Bezzecchi, who was second quite comfortably. Francesco Bagnaia scored seven hard-earned points, just six days after his horrific accident in Barcelona.
For Dani Pedrosa, fourth is an amazing result in just his third race since 2018. Although he was fighting to pass Bagnaia and make it onto the podium, in the end he had to defend in order to hold off another KTM behind him, in the form of Brad Binder. Further back, we find Maverick Vinales, who did not show great pace over the course of the race.
The battle for seventh was an interesting one and it involved four riders. Luca Marini came out on top, on his home race, with a late pass on Aleix Espargaro, who made it to eighth at the chequered flag. The last point of the Sprint went the way of Alex Marquez, who is racing with a special livery as a tribute to the late Fausto Gresini, the founder of his team.
The rider that was just outside the points was Marc Marquez, who just did not quite have the pace to score his first Sprint points since Le Mans. Raul Fernandez and Miguel Oliveira were just behind, while Johann Zarco was thirteenth, a long way off his teammate, who of course won the race.
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