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MotoGP Spain, SPRINT: Martin Avoids the Chaos for Crucial Home Win

Gold and Goose

The race began under cloudy skies, and Brad Binder made the holeshot. Binder would play a large role in the Sprint, but largely for negative reasons. 

He was passed by Jorge Martin for he lead at turn nine on the first lap, and then by Marc Marquez for second at the same corner a lap later. Binder lunged back at Marquez in braking for turn 13, and they both ran wide. Francesco Bagnaia cut underneath to take advantage of Binder’s loss of momentum, but Marco Bezzecchi behind him got an even better drive, and the inside line for turn one. Bagnaia out-braked Binder around the outside, Bezzecchi out-braked himself on the inside of both of the other two, and ran wide himself. Bagnaia cut underneath Bezzecchi, only for Binder to cut to his inside. The contact was inevitable, and Bagnaia paid the biggest price: another DNF, a sixth race from seven without a podium, and losing 12 points more to Jorge Martin.

Dani Pedrosa, 2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix. Credit: Gold and Goose

Martin was perfect. He might not have been as perfect as Marc Marquez in the middle of the race, when the #93 cruised up to his rear tyre and passed him at turn nine, but unlike the Gresini rider, Pramac’s #89 didn’t crash. Marquez folded the front at turn nine on lap eight, and the race, from there, was run.


Then, three more riders crashed simultaneously, as Binder, Enea Bastianini, and Alex Marquez all folded the front on the same damp patch at turn five. A lap later, Maverick Vinales made the same mistake.

That put Pedro Acosta into second place, a position he didn’t relinquish as he navigated his way around the patchy Jerez circuit. Behind, Fabio Quartararo held on from an understandably hesitant Dani Pedrosa for third place.

Pedrosa took fourth, his third in three starts, ahead of Franco Morbidelli in fifth, Raul Fernandez in sixth, and Marc Marquez who somewhat bulldozed his way back to seventh.

Augusto Fernandez was eighth, Miguel Oliveria ninth after being pushed wide by Marquez on the final lap, and Joan Mir completed the top 10 after gaining a bit of Gresini paint himself at the final corner.

After the race, Fabio Quartararo was awarded an eight-second time penalty for an illegal tyre pressure, and fell to fifth as a result. Dani Pedrosa was promoted to third, and Franco Morbidelli to fourth. There were also penalties for Jack Miller, Alex Rins, and Fabio Di Giannantonio, who all crashed and remounted, as well as for Raul Fernandez.

2024 MotoGP Spanish Grand Prix | Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto | Sprint Results | Rd 4/21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP24WIN
2Pedro AcostaESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC162.970
3Dani PedrosaESPRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC167.102
4Franco MorbidelliITAPramac RacingDucati GP248.481
5Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M115.052
6Marc MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP2318.131
7Augusto FernandezESPRed Bull GasGas Tech3KTM RC1618.278
8Miguel OliveiraPORTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP18.418
9Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V18.553
10Takaaki NakagamiJAPIdemitsu Honda LCRHonda RC213V21.136
11Johann ZarcoFRACastrol Honda LCRHonda RC213V21.948
12Raul FernandezESPTrackhouse RacingAprilia RS-GP23.882
13Fabio Di GiannantonioITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP2331.478
14Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC1645.901
15Alex RinsESPMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:10.288
16Lorenzo SavadoriITAAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:22.979
DNFMarco BezzecchiITAPertamina Enduro VR46Ducati GP23DNF
DNFBrad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC16DNF
DNFAlex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP23DNF
DNFFrancesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP24DNF
DNFEnea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP24DNF
DNFMaverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GPDNF
DNFAleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GPDNF
DNFStefan BradlGERLCR Honda CastrolHonda RC213VDNF
DNFLuca MariniITARepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213VDNF

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