MotoGP Qatar GP: Di Giannantonio Beats Bagnaia to Win, Marini Completes Podium

In the Qatar Grand Prix, Fabio Di Giannantonio of Gresini clinched his first MotoGP win, showcasing his prowess amid uncertainties about his future, while Francesco Bagnaia managed to secure second place despite a late scare.

By Divyam Dubey | on November 20, 2023 Follow us on Autox Google News

In a thrilling Qatar MotoGP race, Fabio Di Giannantonio emerged as the victor, navigating through a challenging field while Jorge Martin suffered a setback, relinquishing crucial points to championship leader Francesco Bagnaia. Di Giannantonio spent most of the 22-lap show following Bagnaia, and a crucial "mapping 8" message appeared on his dashboard, suggesting a possible team order from Ducati. The Italian rider, however, showed off incredible skill by making a game-changing pass at Turn 12 on lap 19. When Bagnaia went off at Turn 1 while trying to make up ground, it only helped him.

Bagnaia finished in second place, but this increased his championship lead to 21 points from seven. Meanwhile, Jorge Martin struggled throughout the race on his Pramac Ducati, ultimately placing 10th. The race was made even more exciting by Luca Marini of VR46 Ducati, who started on the pole and finished third.

In the face of uncertainty regarding his MotoGP future—he has no ride booked for 2024—Fabio Di Giannantonio showed tenacity by working his way through the field, passing the reigning champion, and taking the lead by an impressive 2.7 seconds.

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MotoGP Qatar GP: Losail Race Result

Marini, Alex Marquez, and Brad Binder engaged in a tense battle for third place. Despite some early difficulties, Marini was able to finish third, ahead of Marquez in fourth and Binder in fifth. Following closely on his heels were Fabio Quartararo, Enea Bastianini, and Maverick Vinales, who eventually passed the lagging Jorge Martin.

Martin faced more difficulties and barely held onto the final top-10 position, fighting hard with Marc Marquez, who also had a difficult race. Teammate Johann Zarco was somewhat forgiving of Martin.

During the entire 22-lap race, only two riders dropped out. After only six laps, Aleix Espargaro of Aprilia called it a day because he was still recovering from a small ankle fracture he sustained in a multi-bike collision that also ended Miguel Oliveira's 2023 season. Iker Lecuona, filling in for LCR Honda, also had problems on the opening lap.





1 Fabio Di Giannantonio Gresini Ducati  41m 43.654s
2 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati Lenovo  +2.734s
3 Luca Marini Mooney VR46 Ducati  +4.408s
4 Maverick Viñales Aprilia Racing  +4.488s
5 Brad Binder Red Bull KTM  +7.246s
6 Alex Marquez Gresini Ducati  +7.620s
7 Fabio Quartararo Monster Yamaha  +7.828s
8 Enea Bastianini Ducati Lenovo  +8.239s
9 Jack Miller Red Bull KTM  +11.509s
10 Jorge Martin Pramac Ducati  +14.819s
11 Marc Marquez Repsol Honda  +14.964s
12 Johann Zarco Pramac Ducati  +17.431s
13 Marco Bezzecchi Mooney VR46 Ducati  +17.807s
14 Joan Mir Repsol Honda  +18.673s
15 Augusto Fernandez Tech3 GASGAS  +21.455s
16 Franco Morbidelli Monster Yamaha  +21.474s
17 Raul Fernandez RNF Aprilia  +22.142s
18 Pol Espargaro Tech3 GASGAS  +27.194s
19 Takaaki Nakagami LCR Honda  +27.740s
20 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia Racing  DNF
21 Iker Lecuona LCR Honda  DNF

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Importantly, Di Giannantonio's victory is safe because he received no warnings under the MotoGP's new tyre pressure rules, which were implemented midway through the season. Bagnaia, on the other hand, comes with a cautionary note: two riders crossed the line within three seconds of him, creating a compelling subplot to the championship story. The Qatar MotoGP was a thrilling display of skill, strategy, and unexpected turns that has fans waiting with bated breath for the next chapter of this intensely contested season.

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