VR46 Racing's Marco Bezzecchi won the first-ever Indian Grand Prix with a commanding performance throughout. Meanwhile, Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia crashed, throwing the race for the world title wide open. After crashing with teammate Luca Marini in the sprint, race leader Bezzecchi fell to sixth place, but on Sunday, no other rider could keep up with the stubborn Italian. Jorge Martin, of Pramac Racing finished second, while Fabio Quartararo of Yamaha rounded out the podium. After looking like he was going to contend for third, six-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez crashed his Honda, into turn one of the fifth lap and ended up in ninth place. Bagnaia, who was seemingly cruising in second position, lost his footing on turn five, enabling Martin to come up to second and cut the deficit to 13 points, while Bezzecchi remains 44 points behind the leader.
MotoGP Bharat GP: Marco Bezzecchi Enjoyed the Buddh International Circuit
In the post-race interview, when Bezzecchi was asked how he felt after winning the Indian GP and returning to the championship fight, he replied, "I feel amazing. I'm very happy about this race after yesterday that I was strong, I was fast, but unfortunately at the start, I lost a lot of time. To bounce back like this was amazing. I tried to keep myself calm as soon as the organ, Peco passed me in the start because I knew that they had something more. I tried to stay close and I was very close. Then I tried to pass PECO. I knew that the front tire was important, so I put myself in front. I was a bit aggressive, but I needed to do it because if not, like in the past races, I would have been in trouble. Amazing after I felt very good with my bike. I ride very well and I had a good pace."
When asked if he liked the Buddh International Track, he replied, "Well, the track I liked a lot. But to be honest, I don't know, I focused on braking because this track was tough for it. It was a difficult condition to stop the bike. The front lock was a lot. I focused a lot on braking because normally, Peco on the last period, makes the difference on that part of the track, of every track, sorry. Friday, I made a lot of mistakes. I went straight or wide many times but was just to find the limit. Once I found it, I was able to move it a little bit forward. This gave me the possibility to be very fast. Saturday, I felt already amazing with the bike. Then I started to see that I was making a bit more difference compared to the other riders. Today, it wasn't easy. I'm very happy."
MotoGP Bharat GP: Fabio Quartararo Comes 3rd at Buddh International Circuit
Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo finished third in the MotoGP Bharat GP race despite the extreme heat and humidity, just 0.206 seconds behind the runner-up. Quartararo got off to a great start, manoeuvring his way up to sixth place in the starting laps. At one point, he even took fourth place in the competition before settling for fifth. Later when Francesco Bagnaia crashed, the Frenchman took advantage of the situation and moved into third place.
On the final lap, Fabio Quartararo nearly passed Jorge Martin, who was suffering from race suit malfunctions and the intense heat. Even though Quartararo lost the fight, he finished third, 8.855 seconds behind the winner.