Luca Marini called Alex Marquez's collision a racing incident, as he says that it would have been difficult for the Spaniard to avoid the collision on the Ducati. Marini's front tire slipped on the exit from the Dunlop chicane, but he successfully saved himself from falling, narrowly missing his team-mate Marco Bezzecchi, who went on to win the race, while Alex Marquez was not so lucky and high speed collided with the Italian, with whom they were fighting for fifth place. "Given how the accident happened and how I was lying in the middle of the track, I can be happy that things turned out the way they did, because it could have ended much worse. I'm happy because now I have three weeks off to recovery. They'll come in handy anyway." https://twitter.com/VR46RacingTeam/status/1657750718118256641 VR Team Racer
Francesco Bagnaia won the best starting position for the French Grand Prix in Le Mans with a minimal advantage over Marc Marquez. The Ducati Italian beat the Honda star, who is returning from injury at the Portuguese Grand Prix, by 0.058 seconds and will start today's sprint race and Sunday's French Grand Prix from first place. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1657318975196262402 Luca Marini will also start the race from the front row, and Jack Miller, who showed excellent speed in free practice, was fourth ahead of Jorge Martin and Maverick Vinales. Marco Bezzecchi was seventh, Alex Marquez was eighth, Johann Zarco was ninth, and Brad Binder was tenth. The sprint race is scheduled today at 15 p.m.
Luca Marini set the fastest time of the first MotoGP free practice session for the 2023 Grand Prix of America. The Mooney VR46 rider was 0.150 seconds faster than Fabio Quartararo, and 0.278 seconds faster than Johann Zarco. Fourth time was set by Alex Marquez ahead of Team KTM rider Jack Miller. Jorge Martin was sixth, Francesco Bagnaia seventh, Maverick Vinales eighth, Takaki Nakagami ninth and Brad Binder tenth.
MotoGP World Championship points leader Marco Bezzecchi said it feels strange when he fights with his friends from the VR46 Academy, so he prefers to clash with rivals who are not his friends. Bezzecchi is no stranger to duels with Francesco Bagnaia, Luca Marini and Franco Morbidelli, at least as far as the dirt track at Valentino Rossi's Ranch is concerned, but rival bikes have made friends become rivals on the MotoGP track as well. The Italian took the lead in the championship standings with victory in Argentina, his first of his career and the first for the VR46 team, and although he says he is not thinking about fighting for the 2023 title yet, he did talk about competing with other members of Rossi's academy. "To be honest, I prefer to see my rivals not as my friends. But with Pecca
Marco Bezzecchi finished second in Saturday's sprint race, just behind winner Brad Binder. If the race had lasted a lap longer, he would have probably managed to win. At the start of the race, he lost quite a bit of time in the fight with Francesco Bagnaia and Maverick Vinales, then quickly overtook Alex Marquez, Franco Morbidelli and teammate Luca Marini. He entered the final lap half a second behind the leader Binder and quickly stuck to the back of his bike. The South African successfully fended off the attacks and cruised to victory. Nevertheless, the Italian was not overly disappointed with the second place. "It's a great sprint for me," said Bezzecchi, who is considered one of the favorites in today's race, after the end of the day. "The start itself was not the best, but I managed to stay in the front. The best
Ducati rider Enea Bastianini hopes to return to the MotoGP paddock in Austin after doctors confirmed that surgery on a broken shoulder blade will be necessary. The Italian was injured in the first MotoGP sprint race in Portugal, where he fell thanks to Luca Marini. The injury will see him miss this weekend's race in Argentina, but he hopes the injury will be sufficiently healed to allow him to compete in the third race of the year, the US GP. He will come back with rehabilitation on Monday.
Ducati rider Enea Bastianini will have to miss Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix and next week's race in Argentina due to a scapula injury in today's sprint race in Portugal. Bastianini suffered his injuries when he was attacked by Luca Marini and fell in the process, sweeping his VR46 racing academy teammate off the track. The Italian was transported to the medical center at the racetrack, where the first examination showed a broken collarbone, and then he was taken to the hospital for further tests. Ducati announced that Bastianini will have to miss Sunday's Portuguese Grand Prix and the Argentine Grand Prix next weekend. The referees also looked at the incident between Bastianini and Marini, but did not decide on a penalty. "I took my line and leaned in a bit
Luca Marini set the fastest time of the final test day at Sepang (1:57.889). In second place, compatriot Francesco Bagnaia was the closest to him. They were also the only racers to set a time under 1:58. Maverick Vinales finished in third place ahead of the other factory Ducati rider, Eneo Bastianini. https://twitter.com/VR46RacingTeam/status/1624700125758078976 Rain soaked the track again overnight, making for a slow start to the final day of testing. In the first hour, only Johann Zarco set an official time - on wet tires. Francesco Bagnaia was the first to test the tires for the dry track, and then Jorge Martin swung to the top of the standings. The Spaniard was fastest for most of the day, eventually finishing fifth. Sixth time
Luca Marini was the fastest at the test in Valencia with a time of 1:30.032. The Italian was 0,225 seconds faster than second-placed Maverick Vinales. The Spaniard was otherwise the fastest in the morning. The third time was set by Marco Bezzecchi. Among the racers who changed teams, the best today was Miguel Oliveria in fourth place ahead of Aleix Espargaro, Fabio Di Giannantonio, Brad Binder and Jorge Martin. Fabio Quartararo and Enea Bastianini completed the top ten. The French racer was the most active racer of the morning with sixty laps. He eventually stopped at number 92. World champion Francesco Bagnaia set the twelfth time ahead of Marco Marquez, who finished thirteenth as Honda's best rider. The Spaniard is disappointed in the test early for
Luca Marini does not believe that the dominance of Ducati could harm the sport. This season has been extremely successful for Ducati. After having already confirmed the title of the best among the constructors with five races to go, the title among the teams is more or less under the roof and they are just about to go for the racing title for the first time since 2007. For the first time since 2019, such a team can reach for the triple crown after the last time Marc Marquez almost single-handedly secured it for Honda. Compared to that season, things are a bit different now. Ducati stats this season Wins – 11 out of 18 (61.1%) Podium – 29 out of 54 (53.7%) Points – 1125 out of 2520 (44.6%) Best starting position – 14 out of 18 (77.8%) First row – 38 out 54 (70.4%) Number of laps in the lead – 302 o
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