Bagnaia Fights back to win the Spanish GP

April 30, 2023Ray Milton

After an intense exchange in the sprint race. Front runners Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), Brad Binder (KTM) and Jack Miller (KTM) set the pace for the weekend. Bagnaia had an uphill battle during the race, only reaching top spot contention in the final 3 laps of the race. Marco Bezzecchi who temporarily held the championship point lead after the last race had a weekend to forget with multiple on track incidents. The latest being a crash in turn 17 which results in Bezzecchi leaving Spain with just a P9 finish in the sprint race.

The Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha) was involved in an on track collision with RNF Racing’s Miguel Oliveira. Oliveira suffered a shoulder injury in the incident and the race was red flagged. The FIM stewards penalized Quartararo with a long lap penalty for his involvement in the crash. Unfortunately, after running fastest in morning warm up he was not able to translate that pace to the race in what has been an otherwise disappointing season thus far. He finished the race P10 after rejoining the race after the red flag.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) was not able to capitalize on his pole position start. He settled for a P5 finished. Jorge Martin seemed to find a pocket in the field and cruised to a P4 finish late for the Prima Pramac Racing side.

With Bagnaia point finishes in the Spring race and grand prix he retakes the lead in the riders championship race. Marco Bezzecchi remains second and the KTM Racing riders Brad Binder and Jack Miller move up to 3rd and 4th respectively.

Top 10 finishers

  1. Francesco Bagnaia (Ita) Ducati 39mins 29.085secs
  2. Brad Binder (SA) KTM +0.221secs
  3. Jack Miller (Aus) KTM +1.119
  4. Jorge Martin (Spa) Ducati +1.942
  5. Aleix Espargaro (Spa) Aprilia +4.760
  6. Luca Marini (Ita) Ducati +6.329,
  7. Daniel Pedrosa (Spa) KTM +6.371
  8. Alex Marquez (Spa) Ducati +14.952
  9. Takaaki Nakagami (Jpn) Honda +15.692
  10. Fabio Quartararo (Fra) Yamaha +15.846

Current Championship Standings