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  • MotoGP Valencia GP: Maverick Vinales Takes Pole Position, Jorge Martin Wins Sprint Race in Valencia

  • The Round 20 of MotoGP 2023, Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana took place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste on November 25, 2023.


    In Qualifying, Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) took his first pole position of the season with a lap record 1'28.931 seconds. This marks his first polo position in two years since Assen GP in 2021.
    World Champion contender Francesco Bagnaia advanced to Q2 from Q 1 and took the first position with a lap record 1m29.167s at the time, but finally finished 2nd behind Maverick Viñales by 0.092s. Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) was 3rd.
    Red Bull KTM duo Jack Miller (Red Bull KTM) and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM) were 4th and 5th, respectively.
    Another title contender Jorge Martin (Pramac Ducati) suffered a vibration problem on the front of his number one bike, and finished 6th.
    Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati), Alex Marquez (Gresini Ducati), and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) will start on the third row on Sunday.
    Maverick Vinales said, “We missed something during the rest of the season unfortunately. We're understanding the setting and the balance of the bike. In Qatar and over here, we've done a really good job.”

    In the Sprint Race, Jorge Martin took back-to-back wins following Qatar GP. It is his ninth victory of the season.
    While, Francesco Bagnaia finished 5th and his title lead was reduced with Jorge Martin to 14 points.
    However, if Francesco Bagnaia finishes 5th tomorrow, he will be World Champion even if Jorge Martin wins the race.
    Brad Binder crossed the line 0.190s adrift in second. Marquez took the final podium as Honda rider ahead of poleman Maverick Viñales, who finished 4th.
    Qatar GP winner Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Ducati) was 6th. Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Ducati), Alex Marquez, Johann Zarco, and Augusto Fernandez (Tech3 GASGAS) rounded out the top 10.
    Jorge Martin told Autosport, “I think I did an amazing job and I had big balls today because my feeling was so bad with the front, with the rear. But I pushed to the limit every corner to fight for that victory, so that's what I was so, so happy. I need to be happy about the result again and be proud about our job, because tomorrow we don't know what's going to happen. I think I was riding alone all morning, so I was feeling I could manage to understand how to ride, being really smooth with the tyres and I was making really good pace. But when you are behind and you have to push more than you think and change the lines, it becomes really complicated. I think also behind people, everything gets hot and nothing works. But when I was in front it was much easier. I don't feel 100% confident, but when I was behind I felt much worse.”

    Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana Qualifying Results
    1. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / 1'28.931s
    2. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +0.092s
    3. Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +0.213s
    4. Jack Miller / Red Bull KTM / +0.230s
    5. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +0.240s
    6. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / +0.251s
    7. Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +0.292s
    8. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +0.330s
    9. Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +0.344s
    10. Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +0.507s
    11. Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +0.579s
    12. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +0.866s
    13. Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / 1'29.233s
    14. Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / 1'29.389s
    15. Fabio Quartararo / Monster Yamaha / 1'29.613s
    16. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / 1'29.864s
    17. Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / 1'29.901s
    18. Pol Espargaro / Tech3 GASGAS / 1'29.953s
    19. Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / 1'30.045s
    20. Alex Rins / LCR Honda / 1'30.257s
    21. Lorenzo Savadori / RNF Aprilia / 1'31.044s

    Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana Sprint Race Results
    1. Jorge Martin / Pramac Ducati / 19m 38.827s
    2. Brad Binder / Red Bull KTM / +0.190s
    3. Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / +2.122s
    4. Maverick Viñales / Aprilia Racing / +3.106s
    5. Francesco Bagnaia / Ducati Lenovo / +4.253s
    6. Fabio Di Giannantonio / Gresini Ducati / +4.400s
    7. Marco Bezzecchi / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +4.502s
    8. Alex Marquez / Gresini Ducati / +5.578s
    9. Johann Zarco / Pramac Ducati / +5.910s
    10. Augusto Fernandez / Tech3 GASGAS / +6.095s
    11. Raul Fernandez / RNF Aprilia / +7.674s
    12. Jack Miller AUS / Bull KTM / +8.098s
    13. Aleix Espargaro / Aprilia Racing / +9.513s
    14. Pol Espargaro / Tech3 GASGAS / +12.453s
    15. Enea Bastianini / Ducati Lenovo / +12.599s
    16. Takaaki Nakagami / LCR Honda / +13.787s
    17. Luca Marini / Mooney VR46 Ducati / +13.887s
    18. Franco Morbidelli / Monster Yamaha / +14.943s
    19. Alex Rins / LCR Honda / +20.378s
    20. Lorenzo Savadori / RNF Aprilia / +25.017s

    Photo by MotoGP
  • source : MotoGP
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