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Austrian MotoGP, Sprint Race Results | Bagnaia wins, Bezzecchi out in Turn 1 pile-up

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Pecco Bagnaia has taken a potentially pivotal step towards the 2023 MotoGP World Championship title after breaking away to win an Austrian MotoGP Sprint Race defined by a dramatic Turn 1 pile-up.

The Italian capitalised on his pole position to snatch the lead into the first corner before easing out an advantage over Brad Binder to win a fourth Sprint Race of the season for Ducati.

However, the race was ultimately defined by an awkward first turn clash involving several riders and leading to early retirements for title contender Marco Bezzecchi, plus Miguel Oliveira and Johann Zarco.


Jorge Martin was the offending rider, the Spaniard - having made a good start from 12th on the grid - getting out of shape on the tight inside line for the almost 90-degree right-hander - and squeezing Oliveira to his left, which led to a domino effect of striking Maverick Vinales and Fabio Quartararo, who clipped Bezzecchi, who then hit Zarco.

That forced the latter two riders, along with Oliveira, to come off their bikes, while Quartararo - who remarkably stayed on despite being swung over each side of his Yamaha by the impacts - Vinales and Enea Bastianini were heavily delayed.

Their exits punched a big hole in a lead pack headed by Bagnaia, with Binder giving chase but unable to keep his rival honest as he streamed clear for his eighth first-across-the-line success of 2023.

Binder settled for a lonely second place to toast news of his new two-year KTM contract, while Martin ground out a controversial third on the Pramac Ducati.

Indeed, while stewards might take a close look at his lap one incident, at the very least Martin has made an enemy of the VR46 Racing crew after also taking out Luca Marini in their fight for third at Turn 2, the contact forcing the Italian out of the race.

Behind him, Alex Marquez came through to fourth place for Gresini Ducati, ahead of Jack Miller, who ran third initially before fading to fifth.

Pol Espargaro made the most of the Turn 1 melee to take a strong sixth for GasGas Tech3 in only his second event of the season, holding off his brother Aleix Espargaro and front row starter Vinales, who after getting a terrible start, was also caught up in the lap one skirmish.

Franco Morbidelli picked up the final point after succeeding in his bout with Marc Marquez in ninth.

2023 Austrian MotoGP | Spielberg, Austria | Sprint Race Results | Round 10 of 20
1Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP2314 Laps
2Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16+2.056
3Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP23+5.045
4Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP22+8.252
5Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16+11.365
6Pol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC16+11.816
7Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP+11.960
8Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP+11.984
9Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M1+13.634
10Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V+14.435
11Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP22+15.251
12Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V+16.740
13Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati Leonovo TeamDucati GP23+18.825
14Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP+19.536
15Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M1+22.321
16Iker Lecuona🇪🇦LCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V+25.593
17Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC16+25.789
DNFJohann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP23
DNFLuca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP22
DNFLorenzo Savadori🇮🇹Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP
DNFTakaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V
DNFMarco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP22
DNFMiguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP

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