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After Jorge Martin achieved his first pole position of 2023, both races in Misano are anticipated with excitement. The first one is the Sprint, which takes place on Saturday and will be run over thirteen laps.
Jorge Martin to win
Maverick Vinales to finish on the podium
MotoGP Misano 2023 Sprint Tips
Three Ducati riders will start from the front row of the grid, with Jorge Martin heading Marco Bezzecchi and Francesco Bagnaia. Both Italians are struggling to ride following their involvements in the opening lap crashes of the Grand Prix at Barcelona. The Mooney VR46 rider suffers from hand pain, while the factory Ducati one can barely walk after his legs were run over by Brad Binder.
Tip #1: Jorge Martin to win
Jorge Martin is the favourite to win the Sprint at Misano and there are a couple of reasons behind this. The Spaniard has won two sprints already this season, at Le Mans and Sachsenring, and the short race is better suited to his aggressive riding style.
He is also followed by a couple of battered and bruised riders, in Marco Bezzecchi and Francesco Bagnaia. While both performed well in qualifying, their injuries could leave them exposed over the race distance, thus giving Martin the edge. The Pramac Ducati rider is second in the standings, fifty points behind Bagnaia, and this weekend is his big opportunity to close the gap down.
Tip #2: Maverick Vinales to step on the podium
Another promising weekend for Aprilia, which has been performing more and more competitively in the last few events. Maverick Vinales was the top performer in qualifying and he will start from fourth on the grid, which sets him up nicely for the sprint.
The common theme across multiple weekends for both Aprilia and Vinales is the better race pace in comparison to one-lap speed. This fact, combined with the tricky condition of both Bezzecchi and Bagnaia ahead, makes this race a good opportunity for a podium finish from Vinales’ point of view, especially if he gets a good launch.
Weather conditions for the sprint
Plenty of sunshine and warm weather is expected ahead of the Sprint race at Misano, which is located near the Adriatic coast. Temperatures up to thirty degrees Celsius are expected around the start of the race, which will take place at 3:00 pm local time (GMT +2).
Important details about the sprint
Where is the MotoGP Misano 2023 Sprint broadcast in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia? While the United Kingdom and Australia will both have live coverage of the race, via TNT Sports and Foxtel, the United States will not, as only highlights will be available.
When does the MotoGP Misano 2023 Sprint get underway? The race will start at 2:00 pm British Summer Time, which is GMT +2.
How did qualifying unfold? For the first time in 2023 and ninth overall, Jorge Martin will start from pole position, as he hopes to close down his gap to the championship leader, Francesco Bagnaia.
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