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  • MotoGP Americas: Francesco Bagnaia Takes Pole Position & Wins Sprint Race

  • The Round 3 of MotoGP 2023, Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas took place at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on April 15, 2023.


    In Qualifying, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) took his first pole position of 2023 with a new lap record.
    Alex Rins (LCR Honda) was 2nd and Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati) was 3rd to secure their first front row start of the season.
    Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati) and Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) will start on the second row.
    Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) was 7th ahead of Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) and Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati).
    Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM0 crashed twice in Q2, but will start from 10th.
    In the Sprint Race, Francesco Bagnaia claimed his second victory, following Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal.
    Alex Rins was 2nd behind Francesco Bagnaia by 2.545 seconds. This marks his first podium as a Honda rider.
    Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) took 3rd place, which is his second podium, following Portuguese GP.
    Fabio Quartararo put fourth from eighth on the grid, but crashed under braking for Turn 1 at the start of lap five. Finally, he finished 19th.

    Francesco Bagnaia said, “For sure, it was one of the best days I ever had in MotoGP considering the performance we had during the whole day. My feeling with the bike is growing and in this track, for the first time I'm feeling great. This morning with used tyres I was feeling okay, so already I understood where to improve. But today for the race it was very difficult because the conditions were very hot and it was difficult to stop the bike. I was having a lot of locking and sincerely, it was a bit of a problem at the start of the race. But then I was used to it. Tomorrow will be a different story. We are getting used to the Sprint race. For sure, the track has less points where you can do crazy things. If you consider that the first race was too intense, the second one had some touch and contact but not as big as the first one and this one was more calm. Maybe we are getting more used to it but also [it's because of] the track. In Jerez it's a different story.”

    Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas Qualifying Results
    1. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / 2'1.892s
    2. Alex Rins / LCR Honda / +0.160s
    3. Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.289s
    4. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +0.350s
    5. Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.376s
    6. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +0.647s
    7. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +0.857s
    8. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +0.990s
    9. Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +1.170s
    10. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +1.192s
    11. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +1.215s
    12. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +1.400s
    13. Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / 2'2.743s
    14. Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / 2'2.95s
    15. Miguel Oliveira / RNF Aprilia / 2'3.065s
    16. Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / 2'3.35s
    17. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 2'3.403s
    18. Michele Pirro / Ducati Lenovo / 2'3.452s
    19. Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / 2'3.527s
    20. Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / 2'3.798s
    21. Stefan Bradl / Repsol Honda / 2'3.907s
    22. Jonas Folger / Tech3 GASGAS / 2'7.597s


    Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas Sprint Race Results
    1. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / 20m 35.270s
    2. Alex Rins / LCR Honda / +2.545s
    3. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +4.706s
    4. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +5.052s
    5. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +8.175s
    6. Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +8.877s
    7. Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +9.453s
    8. Miguel Oliveira / RNF Aprilia / +10.768s
    9. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +12.448s
    10. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +12.739s
    11. Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +14.251s
    12. Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / +14.988s
    13. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +15.592s
    14. Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +16.534s
    15. Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +19.290s
    16. Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +23.128s
    17. Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +25.626s
    18. Stefan Bradl / Repsol Honda / +25.787s
    19. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +27.169s
    20. Jonas Folger / Tech3 GASGAS / +46.973s

    Photo by MotoGP
  • source : MotoGP
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