MotoGP Bharat GP: VR46's Marco Bezzecchi Takes First Ever Indian GP Pole Position at BIC

Pole position for the maiden Indian Grand Prix went to VR46 Ducati MotoGP rider Marco Bezzecchi, who finished ahead of Pramac's Jorge Martin by just 0.043 seconds. Francesco Bagnaia, the reigning world champion, completed the front row for the factory Ducati team despite a rough Friday.

By Divyam Dubey | on September 23, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

Marco Bezzecchi claims pole position for the inaugural Indian MotoGP at the Buddh International Circuit. In addition to the VR46 rider, Jorge Martin and reigning world champion Francesco Bagnaia, who has had multiple spectacular braking moments with his rear tyre high in the air, will make up the all-Ducati front row. However, on the second row, Joan Mir surprised everyone by finishing ahead of Marc Marquez and the rest of the Desmosedici riders to take fifth place. Mir and Marquez both tried to beat Bagnaia by running behind him in the slipstream. When the start of the session was delayed, Aleix Espargaro was released from the pits but had to wait at the end of the pit lane. He was upset with his Aprilia crew. After being forced back to the garage by several Moto3 mechanics, the Spaniard let his frustrations be known. Similarly to Raul Fernandez, Alex Marquez advanced through Qualifying 1, although Alex Marquez was forced to sit out of Qualifying 2 after sustaining injuries to his hand and ribs in a highside. Now, Marquez must undergo additional examinations at the hospital.

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MotoGP Bharat GP: Qualifying Result

 Marco Bezzecchi From VR46

Fabio Di Giannantonio was the fastest rider who did not make it out of Q1, missing out by only 0.010 seconds due to his injured Gresini teammate's poor performance. Brad Binder (KTM) led Q1 in the starting, but his first flyer after a tyre change only improved marginally before yellow flags relegated him to 14th place as a pained Marquez struggled to escape the crash site. Due to Binder's unfortunate timing, all four KTM RC16s were left stranded in Q1, making KTM the worst-performing manufacturer of the day.

After receiving input from riders and tyre suppliers on Friday about the hot and humid conditions, event organisers decided to reduce the MotoGP Sprint, Moto2, and Moto3 races by one lap, and the MotoGP Grand Prix by three laps.

Pos Rider Team   Time
1 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Ducati    1'43.947s
2 Jorge Martin Pramac Ducati   +0.043s
3 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo   +0.256s
4 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Ducati   +0.268s
5 Joan Mir Repsol Honda   +0.507s
6 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda   +0.522s
7 Johann Zarco Pramac Ducati    +0.568s
8 Fabio Quartararo Monster Yamaha    +0.777s
9 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing   +0.794s
10 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing   +0.803s
11 Raul Fernandez RNF Aprilia    +1.247s
12 Alex Marquez Gresini Ducati    No Time
13 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Ducati   1'44.529s
14 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM    1'44.651s
15 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda   1'44.735s
16 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM   1'45.03s
17 Franco Morbidelli Monster Yamaha   1'45.037s
18 Augusto Fernandez Tech3 GASGAS    1'45.066s
19 Miguel Oliveira RNF Aprilia   1'45.375s
20 Pol Espargaro Tech3 GASGAS   1'45.452s
21 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda    1'45.517s
22 Michele Pirro Ducati Lenovo    1'46.147s

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MotoGP Bharat GP: Race Distances Shortened Due to Hot And Humid Weather Conditions

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The first practice sessions for the first-ever Grand Prix of India were held yesterday at the Buddh International Circuit, giving the riders their first look at the BIC layout. The MotoGP riders have suggested changing the race distances at the Grand Prix after yesterday's practice session proved difficult owing to the hot and humid weather. 

Officials have opted to cut one lap from the Tissot Sprint, Moto2, and Moto3 races after hearing riders' opinions and taking recommendations from the official tyre supplier into account. While Sunday's MotoGP Grand Prix will have a shorter race due to a reduction of three laps. 

As a result of the race being shortened, riders may need to come up with new tactics in order to compete efficiently in what is expected to be an extremely competitive setting.

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