Alex Marquez Beats Marco Bezzecchi in the Tissot Sprint Race at Silverstone
After securing pole position Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) was not able to capitalize on track position and had to settle for P2 in the Tissot Sprint Race at Silverstone. Alex Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP) came out of the block on fire to secure his first win in MotoGP in the Tissot Sprint Race at the Monster Energy British Grand Prix. The conditions in the sprint race were an improvement from qualifying and stayed mostly dry with reports of very light rain in some sectors of the circuit. By lap 6 Marquez had built a 1 second lead however Bezzecchi made a late charge to cut the lead down to 0.366 seconds. Bezzecchi was not able to get past Marquez before the checkered flag flew. Given that conditions had vastly improved relative to rain plagued qualifying. Lap times began to drop dramatically and tires started to heat up.
Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) had an extremely poor start. His start eliminated his chances of catching the front runners by the second lap of the race. Bagnaia finished 14th, one of his lowest finishes of the season. Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) made up 5 positions to secure a podium in the sprint race. In fourth place was Johan Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) and Vinales’ teammate Alex Espargaro finished in fifth.
Bezzecchi on the Charge
The race had implications in the title race with Bagnaia now only holding a 27 point lead over Maroc Bezzecchi who gained 9 points on Bagnaia by finishing 2nd in the Sprint race. With the Grand Prix tomorrow the championship lead is nearly in reach based on the outcomes of this weekend. Bezzecchi could climb to withing 2 points of the championship lead if Bagnaia does not score any points on Sunday.