MotoGP Thailand GP: Jorge Martin Wins Thriller, Brad Binder Penalty Puts Francesco Bagnaia Second
OR Thailand Grand Prix watched poleman Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) won a thrilling race at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram on October 29, 2023.
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) finished 2nd ahead of Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo), but was given a post-race track limits penalty, dropping from 2nd to 3rd. And Francesco Bagnaia was promoted to 2nd.
Jorge Martin, Brad Binder and Francesco Bagnaia battled out for the top until the final lap. Jorge Martin was briefly overtaken by Brad Binder on lap 23, but came back to the lead quickly, ended up taking his fourth victory of the season.
Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati) was 4th, and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing ) finished 5th. But post-race Aleix Espargaro was demoted to 8th due to get a penalty under the new tyre pressure rules.
This result marks Fabio Quartararo (Monster Yamaha) was 5th, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) was 6th and Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Ducati) was 7th.
Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Ducati) and Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) rounding out the top 10.
Jorge Martin said, “For sure, it was one of the best races of my life. Normally, when there is a big battle I struggle to brake hard or overtake. But today I had that confidence that I could use to gain back positions, to fight back with Brad. I didn't expect it. When they touched me in the last part of the race they were faster than me. Even if I managed the tyre, they were stronger. But I was able to fight back. I thought Brad was going to pull away but I was able to keep the small distance. I was leading for 20 laps, having a one-tenth advantage. It's mentally difficult. I was able to keep that concentration. I was hearing his engine a lot, out of Corner 7. I was on the limit with the tyres, I thought he had more grip. But as soon as he overtook me, I saw he was on the limit with rear grip. I tried to keep the distance for one lap then overtake him back because I didn't want my front tyre to get hot. It was a relief to finish today on top. Yesterday I wasn't happy, I didn't enjoy winning, I was just focused on today. I haven't slept for four days! Brad and Pecco are the strongest in braking. To be able to beat them in a battle is an unbelievable feeling. It gives me a lot of confidence. I can be one of the strongest in braking. I was managing the front so I wasn't braking super-late but, as soon as I needed to brake hard, I had that confidence. I am happy. The target was to recover points. I cannot lie - I'm starting to feel the pressure! That's for sure. The mistakes from the other races were tough for me to go through, but they made me stronger. I am starting to feel it. Three to go. We're so close and there are big things to lose. We cannot make mistakes.”
OR Thailand Grand Prix Race Results
- Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / 39m 40.045s
- Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +0.253s
- Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +0.114s
- Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +2.005s
- Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / +4.550s
- Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +5.362s
- Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +6.778s
- Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +7.303s
- Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +7.569s
- Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +9.377s
- Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +11.168s
- Joan Mir / Repsol Honda / +11.990s
- Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +12.323s
- Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +14.537s
- Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +15.093s
- Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +17.640s
- Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +21.307s
- Pol Espargaro / Tech3 GASGAS / +21.435s
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