Francesco Bagnaia Extends his MotoGP Championship Lead

August 20, 2023Ray Milton

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) pulls the double for the weekend leaving Austria with maximum points after winning the Austrian Grand Prix and Sprint races. The wins came at a key moment in the season where Bagnaia was losing ground to his competitors queuing up a dramatic finish to the season. It appears that that drama will have to hold off for now as Bagnaia extended his championship lead to 62 points over Jorge Martin. Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing) finished P3 for a bit of damage control after a disappointing Sprint race yesterday. His teammate Luca Marini finished behind in fourth.

Brand Binder stayed consistent this weekend finishing P2 in both the Grand Prix and Sprint Race. Binder sits P4 in the championship after this weekend trailing Bezzecchi by 23 points. The KTM’s seem fired up as of recent. Bind has made strides in the past few races. While championship contention isn’t quite in the discussion yet; being 91 points behind Bagnaia. KTM Racing has proved they are in MotoGP to compete.

Marc Marquez Finishes a Grand Prix

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) finally completed a Grand Prix in Austria and finished P12. This was the first race he has completed this season after suffering from multiple crashes and injuries this year. His brother Alex Marquez secured another top 5 finish for Gresini Racing MotoGP. Marquez scored 4 points for the finish. However, Repsol Honda suffered yet another crash in the case of Joan Mir. Crashes have been an issue for Repsol Honda. Mir hasn’t finished a Grand prix since the series was in Portimao. Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez also did not finish the race.

Below are the Race Results

Championship Standings