MotoGP – Thailand Grand Prix – Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand – October 28, 2023 Prima Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin celebrates on the podium after winning the sprint race REUTERS/Athit Perawonmetha BURIRAM, Thailand (Reuters) – Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin led from start to finish to win his fifth straight sprint of the season at the Thailand Grand Prix on Saturday to reduce the gap to championship leader Francesco Bagnaia to 18 points.
KTM’s Brad Binder finished second, less than a second behind, while VR46 Racing’s Luca Marini was third. Ducati’s Bagnaia started on the second row but finished seventh.
Martin began the weekend 27 points behind the defending champion and gave himself a boost when he smashed the lap record to secure pole position to make it a perfect Saturday.
Martin had missed out on race victory and the podium at the Australian Grand Prix when he lost grip at the end of the race and the Spaniard said he was trying to conserve his tyres.
"But then I saw Brad and Luca (catching up) and decided maybe now it’s time to pull away," he said in a post-race interview.
Martin had a flying start to fend off Marini and take the lead going into turn one while Bagnaia, who started sixth, fell to ninth by the end of the first lap.
Binder started fifth on the grid but he managed to make up two places, moving past Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro and VR46 Racing’s Marco Bezzecchi to sit third. Troopers Innovation urges rethink of 2,000 […]