MotoGP Argentina: Brad Binder Wins Sprint Race, Alex Marquez Takes Maiden Pole
The Round 2 of MotoGP 2023, Gran Premio Michelin de la República Argentina took place at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo in Termas de Río Hondo on April 1, 2023.
This time, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) missed this race due to after surgery to repair the broken first metacarpal in his right hand.
Also, Miguel Oliveira (RNF Aprilia) missed this event to injuries suffered in the season-opening race in Portugal in a crash with Marc Marquez.
Enea Bastianini (Ducati Lenovo) also missed the race due to a broken shoulder blade.
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) won Sprint race with 19m 56.873s from 15th on the grid. Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) was 2nd and Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati) was 3rd.
Brad Binder said, “Today was a bit of a surprise, for sure. Not only for me but for my team. I knew that my starts had been really good since Portimao and I got a great launch off the line. I pushed really hard in the first three/four corners to make up as much time as possible and when I saw I was in third or fourth position I had to shake my head a bit and make sure it was real. Super happy with how things went. My team completely turned my bike around. I felt so much more comfortable and had way more grip. Can't thank my guys enough and tomorrow we will keep fighting to try and do the same again. Super happy to win a race again, it's been a while. I saw plus 0.5s on my board so I was pretty chilled going into the last lap but at the end of the back-straight I heard a bike right behind me and was like 'oh shit. I'm going to have to block. I tried to do the shortest way around the last lap so that if Bez made a move it would have to be a big move. When I crossed the line I was stoked. I couldn't have imagined it happening today from 15th.”
In Qualifying, Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati) took his maiden pole position at a wet Termas de Rio Hondo.
Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) was 2nd behind Alex Marquez by 0.172s and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) finished 3rd.
Three riders switched to the slick tyre from the rain tyre and succeeded to take the front row.
Franco Morbidelli (Monster Yamaha) was 4th, this marks his best result as Yamaha factory rider. Following Franco Morbidelli, Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) and Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) took the 2nd row, respectively.
Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati) will start 7th for this afternoon's sprint and Sunday's grand prix on the second of the VR46 Ducatis ahead of Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing).
Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) struggled when the track dried out towards the end of Q1 and could only manage 10th.
Alex Marquez said, “I'm super happy... I had a problem with the bike with the fire [after the Qualifying 1 fall], so it wasn't easy when you're in Q2 and have these conditions and just one bike! I did my best with the wet tyres, later on I went in and I said there's no time to change the tyres! But we changed the tyres, we put the slicks in with the wet set up and it was working so I'm really happy for that. I'm looking forward to the Sprint and the race!”
Gran Premio Michelin de la República Argentina Qualifying Results
- Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / 1'43.881s
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.172s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +0.858s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +2.101s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +2.355s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +2.582s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +2.707s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +2.754s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +2.997s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +3.241s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +4.328s
- Alex Rins / LCR Honda / +4.813s
- Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / 1'47.42s
- Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / 1'47.456s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull / 1'47.511s
- Jack Miller / Red Bull / 1'47.671s
- Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / 1'48.42s
- Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / 1'48.585s
Gran Premio Michelin de la República Argentina Sprint Race Results
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / 19m 56.873s
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.072s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.877s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +2.354s
- Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +2.462s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +2.537s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +2.643s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +3.754s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +3.856s
- Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +5.143s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +5.574s
- Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +6.965s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +7.568s
- Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +7.725s
- Alex Rins / LCR Honda / +8.687s
- Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +9.040s
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