MotoGP Japanese GP: Jorge Martin Wins Motegi Race, Marc Marquez Scores Podium

As a result of heavy rain at Motegi, the 2023 Japanese MotoGP is called at just over halfway distance, and the race is won by Jorge Martin. After a planned restart had to be scrapped owing to the weather, Martin found himself only three points behind defending champion Francesco Bagnaia.

By Divyam Dubey | on October 1, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

With his victory in the rain-shortened Japanese GP over Francesco Bagnaia, Jorge Martin came closer to the MotoGP points lead. After winning the sprint on Saturday, Pramac Ducati rider Martin put on another magnificent performance to win the Motegi race. The bulk of riders rushed to the pits for a bike switch when the rain began to fall shortly after lights out, despite the fact that they had started the race on slick tyres. In the shower, Martin cut through the competition and opened up a lead, which was quickly closed by Francesco Bagnaia. Now that all points have been awarded, with six weekends left, Martin is only three points behind Bagnaia, who leads the championship. However, Honda's Marc Marquez finished third, his first Grand Prix podium in almost a year, while Ducati's VR46 rider Marco Bezzecchi finished fourth.

MotoGP Japanese GP: Moteg Race Result

A few drops of rain fell before the start, but everyone used slicks for the warm-up lap nevertheless. Then, not long into the race, it started to pour. After passing Bagnaia for second at Turn 9 on Lap 6, Martin then out-braked Espargaro for the lead at Turns 10 and 11.

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Martin was 1.6 seconds ahead of the rest of the field when the race was stopped due to red flags, with Espargaro falling to fourth place behind Bagnaia, Marquez, and Bezzecchi. After a little over 20 minutes, race officials tried to restart the event, but the weather was still bad, so they waved the red flags again and called it a wash.

Pos Rider Team Time
1 Jorge Martin Pramac Ducati  24m 6.314s
2 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo  +1.413s
3 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda  +2.013s
4 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Ducati  +2.943s
5 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing  +3.181s
6 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM  +6.837s
7 Augusto Fernandez Tech3 GASGAS  +7.587s
8 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Ducati  +8.602s
9 Raul Fernandez RNF Aprilia  +11.229s
10 Fabio Quartararo Monster Yamaha  +12.244s
11 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda  +14.714s
12 Joan Mir Repsol Honda  +14.924s
13 Cal Crutchlow Yamalube  +16.057s
14 Stefan Bradl LCR Honda  +17.253s
15 Pol Espargaro Tech3 GASGAS  +24.921s
16 Michele Pirro Ducati Lenovo  +33.962s
17 Franco Morbidelli Monster Yamaha  +74.934s
18 Miguel Oliveira RNF Aprilia  +1 lap
19 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing  +1 lap
DNF Johann Zarco Pramac Ducati   
DNF Brad Binder Red Bull KTM   

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While Crutchlow earned three points for finishing in thirteenth, Bradl earned two points for finishing in fourteenth after being called in to replace the injured Alex Rins midway through the weekend. 


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