MotoGP British GP: Alex Marquez Takes Maiden Win in Sprint Race, Marco Bezzecchi Takes Pole Position at Silverstone
The Round 9 of MotoGP 2023, Monster Energy British Grand Prix took place at Silverstone Circuit, England on August 5, 2023.
In Qualifying, Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) took his second pole position of 2023 following Motul TT Assen on wet condition.
He claimed pole position despite he crashed at the Vale chicane with just over three minutes to go.
Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM) was 2nd behind Marco Bezzecchi by 0.270s. Following him, Alex Marquez (Ducati Lenovo) finished 3rd.
Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo), Augusto Fernandez (Tech3 GASGAS), who achieved his best-ever MotoGP qualifying result, and Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati) will start on 2nd row.
2021 British GP winner Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) couldn't advance to Q2 and will start last on the grid. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) also was not able to advance to Q2 and finally was 14th.
In the Sprint Race, Alex Marquez claimed his maiden win. Pole sitter Marco Bezzecchi took 2nd, and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) was 3rd for his first sprint podium.
Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia had a difficult race, and run wide at Turn 15 to drop his positions on the first lap. Finally he finished 14th.
Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), and Jorge Martin were 4th, 5th an 6th, respectively.
Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM) led the race of beginning, but finally finished 7th.
Marco Bezzecchi said, “I'm OK, it was a big one. In the first half of the lap the track was OK and then the second half of the track there was a lot more water. I didn't expect to crash but as soon as I braked I aquaplaned and the bike disappeared. We wait and we see. Tricky conditions but happy enough. The bike's working really well ... for sure there's a little bit we can fine tune for today's race. I didn't expect such difficult conditions in the race. I expected all wet or all dry but it was very mixed and I couldn't put the slick (tyre). I said to myself that I had to manage the tyre but as soon as I started to push to try to recover Alex my tyre was anyway done.”
Alex Marquez said, “For the rest everything was under control, I was pushing quite well, I was feeling really good with the bike. It's the best way to start the second part of the season. It's great to start the season again with a sprint win. I was a little bit sleepy in the first corner but later on I said I need to push as I was feeling really good.”
Monster Energy British Grand Prix Qualifying Results
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / 2'15.359s
- Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +0.270s
- Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +0.412s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +0.736s
- Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +0.742s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.793s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +0.913s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +0.958s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +1.302s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +1.318s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +1.526s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +2.047s
- Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / 2'16.972s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 2'17.343s
- Pol Espargaro / Tech3 GASGAS / 2'18.118s
- Miguel Oliveir / RNF Aprilia / 2'18.264s
- Iker Lecuona / LCR Honda / 2'18.833s
- Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / 2'19.182s
- Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / 2'19.367s
- Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / 2'21.128s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 2'22.341s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / 2'22.931s
Monster Energy British Grand Prix Sprint Race Results
- Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / 21m 52.317s
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.366s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +3.374s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +5.671s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +6.068s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +7.294s
- Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +9.415s
- Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +9.850s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +10.435s
- Miguel Oliveira / RNF Aprilia / +11.247s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +17.365s
- Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +20.063s
- Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +24.352s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +25.527s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +27.191s
- Pol Espargaro / Tech3 GASGAS / +27.693s
- Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / +29.062s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +29.326s
- Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +29.627s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +29.909s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +30.326s
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