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Catalunya MotoGP, Sprint Race | Aleix Espargaro overhauls Bagnaia for popular home win


Aleix Espargaro was roared onto a popular Sprint Race victory on home soil at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya after successfully reeling in and overtaking Francesco Bagnaia.

The Spaniard has been the hot tip for success this weekend just a few miles from his home town of Granollers and despite just missing out on pole position, his superior race pace was enough to see off Bagnaia’s best efforts.


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He had to work hard for it though, Espargaro getting away tardily initially to slot in behind Bagnaia, who got the hole-shot into the sweeping first turns, but after capitalising on a brief moment involving Maverick Vinales and Jorge Martin on lap three, he got his head down to chase after the factory Ducati Team rider out front.

After reeling him in, Espargaro made short work of the Italian, pouncing on the inside on lap six of 12 to move in front for the first time.

With Bagnaia dismissed, Espargaro sprinted clear, putting almost two seconds between himself and the Italian to collect his second ‘first across the line’ victory of the year, plus both his and Aprilia’s first Sprint success of 2023.

Bagnaia followed him home to extend his lead over Jorge Martin in the overall standings, the Spaniard trailing in fifth after his cross up with Vinales early on, while Vinales consolidated Aprilia’s successful day with a return to the top three in third.

KTM’s Brad Binder capitalised on a good getaway to get himself into fourth position on the KTM RC16, trailed by Martin in fifth and Miguel Oliveira in sixth, the RNF Aprilia rider unable to make the most of his front row start but still securing one of his best results of the year.

Ducati riders completed the last remaining points’ paying positions in the order of Johann Zarco, Marco Bezzecchi - ran as high as fifth initially following a bright start before being bumped down to eighth place - while Enea Bastianini collected the final point in ninth, fending off Silverstone Sprint winner Alex Marquez, who dropped back at the start when he forced Jack Miller wide.

As Aleix won, there was disappointment for Pol Espargaro after sliding off at Turn 5 while battling just outside the points.

2023 Catalunya MotoGP | Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain | Sprint Race Results | Round 11 of 20
Pos.NameNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Aleix Espargaro🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP12 Laps
2Pecco Bagnaia🇮🇹Ducati TeamDucati GP23+1.989
3Maverick Vinales🇪🇦Aprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP+2.040
4Brad Binder🇿🇦Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16+2.857
5Jorge Martin🇪🇦Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP23+4.341
6Miguel Oliveira🇵🇹CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP+4.940
7Johann Zarco🇨🇵Prima Pramac RacingDucati GP23+6.746
8Marco Bezzecchi🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP22+6.888
9Enea Bastianini🇮🇹Ducati TeamDucati GP23+8.068
10Alex Marquez🇪🇦Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP22+10.380
11Marc Marquez🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V+11.823
12Luca Marini🇮🇹Mooney VR46 RacingDucati GP22+11.900
13Fabio di Giannantonio🇮🇹Gresini Racing MotoGPDucati GP22+12.018
14Raul Fernandez🇪🇦CryptoData RNF RacingAprilia RS-GP+13.284
15Franco Morbidelli🇮🇹Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M1+16.207
16Jack Miller🇦🇺Red Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16+16.404
17Augusto Fernandez🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC16+16.534
18Fabio Quartararo🇨🇵Monster Energy YamahaYamaha M1+17.147
19Iker Lecuona🇪🇦LCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213V+18.658
20Takaaki Nakagami🇯🇵LCR Honda IDEMITSUHonda RC213V+19.080
21Joan Mir🇪🇦Repsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V+19.574
DNFPol Espargaro🇪🇦GasGas Factory Racing Tech3KTM RC16

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