MotoGP – Japanese Grand Prix – Mobility Resort Motegi, Motegi, Japan – October 1, 2023 Prima Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin sprays champagne and celebrates on the podium after winning the MotoGP REUTERS/Issei Kato/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights MANDALIKA, Indonesia, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin won his fourth straight sprint with a spectacular showing at the Indonesia Grand Prix in Mandalika on Saturday to roar to the top of the championship standings after Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia ended in eighth.
Martin, who started on the second row in sixth place, held off a late charge by pole-sitter Luca Marini, with Marini’s VR46 Racing team mate Marco Bezzecchi coming in third.
"I feel super! Starting from sixth place maybe was not the best, it’s definitely not the best for tomorrow’s race," Martin said.
"But I was able to overtake on this track, where normally it’s so difficult. Winning was tough, because Luca was coming up really fast in the end, but leading the championship at this point feels great.
"It’s a dream. I’m so, so happy to be in the front, hopefully tomorrow we can finish the weekend in the same way."
The Spaniard turned on the aggression as soon as he shot off the mark, moving into fourth place before systematically and ruthlessly barrelling past Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), Luca Marini and Maverick Vinales (Aprilia) into first.
Martin is now top of the riders’ standings for the first time in his career with 328 points, with Bagnaia (321) in second and Bezzecchi (272) in third.VR46 […]