Jorge Martin Wins the Qatar Sprint, Bagnaia Finishes P5

November 18, 2023Ray Milton

Jorge Martin put on a show in the Tissot Sprint race cutting Francesco Bagnaia’s championship point lead in half with a win. Bagnaia now holds a 7 point lead over Martin as the two head into tomorrow’s Grand Prix. One the opening lap the two made contact into to turn 1 but Martin had the inside line and was able to pull in front of Bagnaia coming out of the turn ahead. Bagnaia was able to recover on the next lap but Martin didn’t back down from the fight making a cheeky pass on the inside of Bagnaia again making contact. No penalties were issued in either scuffle.

Luca Marini wasn’t able to convert his pole position finish into a win, but a P3 finish is a solid consolation. it was a dominant day for the Ducati’s as they filled the top 5 spots in the Tissot Sprint race. Alex Marquez edged out Francesco Bagnaia to take P4 costing Bagnaia valuable points in the sprint. With Martin on his heels the pressure will be on in the Grand Prix tomorrow for a result.

The Best of the Rest

Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) was the best of the rest finishing P6. He piloted the sole Aprilia to break to the top 10 in the race. The KTMs of Brand Binder and Jack Miller were in no mans land finishing P7 and P11 respectively. Miguel Oliveira and Aleix Espargaro did not finish the race.

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