MotoGP Indian GP: Marco Bezzecchi Wins Inaugural IndianOil Grand Prix of India
IndianOil Grand Prix of India watched poleman Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) won inaugural MotoGP race at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, India on September 24, 2023.
Beginning of the race, Marco Bezzecchi was running third behind Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo) and Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati), but gained the lead as the two main title rivals fought each other.
After taking the top, he led the race until finish and took his third victory of 2023. Also, he became the first winner Indian GP.
Francesco Bagnaia was running second, but crashed out at Turn 4 on lap 13, suffering his third retirement of the season.
After Francesco Bagnaia leaving the race, Jorge Martin competed against Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) for 2nd place. On the final lap he made a mistake and ran wide at Turn 4, giving the lead to Fabio Quartararo.
But he passed Fabio Quartararo again, and finally finished the 2nd place ahead of Fabio Quartararo just two tenths adrift.
For Fabio Quartararo, this result marks his second podium of 2023, following America GP.
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) was 4th. Joan Mir (Repsol Honda) was 5th, which is his best result this year. His team-mate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) was running 4th, but finished 9th after a crash on lap 6.
Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati), Franco Morbidelli (Monster Yamaha), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing), and Raul Fernandez (RNF Aprilia), were 6th, 7th, 8th, and 10th respectively, rounded out the top 10.
Marco Bezzecchi said, “I really liked this place from the day I landed. I like to celebrate with the fans. I would like to give my heart to the fans. In this part of the world, they are very loud, and I really like to hear the crowd. They enjoyed it. Next year, they will have even more fun. For me it was fantastic. It's a track that I liked the first time I rode on it. Overall, it has been good for me. There was some hard braking, but also some fast parts and chicanes. Physically I felt better with the head, so change of direction was not a problem, like it was in Misano. Sector 3 was fantastic to ride.”
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / 36m 59.157s
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +8.649s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +8.855s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +12.643s
- Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / +13.214s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +14.673s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +16.946s
- Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +17.191s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +19.118s
- Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +26.504s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +28.521s
- Miguel Oliveira / RNF Aprilia / +29.088s
- Pol Espargaro / Tech3 GASGAS / +29.728s
- Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +31.324s
- Stefan Bradl / LCR Honda / +35.782s
- Michele Pirro / Ducati Lenovo / +49.242s
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