Jorge Martin led the delayed morning warm-up for the Indian Grand Prix, bolstering his hopes of extending his MotoGP victory run to four in a row. The Yamaha’s Fabio Quartararo, GASGAS Tech3 tookie Augusto Fernandez, Repsol Honda’s Joan Mir and Gresini Ducati’s Fabio di Giannantonio completed the top six.

Marc Marquez, who matched his season-best result with third on Saturday, was eleventh this morning with Bagnaia just 13th. Miguel Oliveira was the only faller this morning.


Here are key points

  • Jorge Martin’s Performance: Jorge Martin leads the morning warm-up, continuing his strong performance, and has a chance of extending his MotoGP victory streak to four in a row. He is 33 points behind the reigning champion, Francesco Bagnaia.
  • Warm-up Standings: The top racers after Martin in the warm-up session were Marco Bezzecchi, Fabio Quartararo, Augusto Fernandez, Joan Mir, and Fabio di Giannantonio. Notably, Marc Marquez and Bagnaia had positions lower down the order, at eleventh and thirteenth respectively.
  • Track Issues: The ten-minute warm-up session was delayed by about 30 minutes due to unspecified ‘track conditions’. Subsequently, marshals were observed cleaning up some fluid, possibly oil, from the Turn 1 braking zone. This was puzzling to the riders, given that no action had occurred on the track since the end of the previous day’s Sprint race.
  • Injuries: Both Alex Marquez and Luca Marini will not participate in the Grand Prix because of injuries sustained the previous day. Marquez fractured three ribs in qualifying, while Marini fractured his left collarbone after a collision with team-mate Marco Bezzecchi.
  • Race Adjustments: The race distances were adjusted due to feedback about the hot and humid conditions. The MotoGP Sprint, Moto2, and Moto3 races were shortened by one lap, while the MotoGP Grand Prix will be reduced by three laps.
  • Tyre Choices: Michelin is offering a broader range of tyre choices for this weekend’s race.
  • Track Description: The article gives a brief description of the track, highlighting its history as a former F1 circuit. The track has several significant straights and banked corners. Turn 1 was specifically mentioned as challenging during Friday practice.
  • Absent Riders: Enea Bastianini and Alex Rins are missing this weekend’s race due to injuries. Bastianini fractured his hand and ankle in Catalunya, while Rins is recovering from leg fractures sustained in Mugello in May. Stefan Bradl and Michele Pirro are replacing the absent riders.

Indian MotoGP 2023

1Jorge MartinSPAPramac Ducati (GP23)1’45.402s4/6350k
2Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)+0.139s6/6348k
3Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.311s4/6340k
4Augusto FernandezSPATech3 GASGAS (RC16)*+0.398s6/6341k
5Joan MirSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.428s5/6343k
6Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini Ducati (GP22)+0.462s6/6340k
7Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM (RC16)+0.500s6/6346k
8Johann ZarcoFRAPramac Ducati (GP23)+0.577s4/6343k
9Aleix EspargaroSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP23)+0.612s6/6348k
10Raul FernandezSPARNF Aprilia (RS-GP22)+0.662s4/6338k
11Marc MarquezSPARepsol Honda (RC213V)+0.679s4/6343k
12Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Yamaha (YZR-M1)+0.680s4/6341k
13Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo (GP23)+0.740s4/6353k
14Maverick ViñalesSPAAprilia Racing (RS-GP23)+0.805s4/6344k
15Pol EspargaroSPATech3 GASGAS (RC16)+0.837s5/6344k
16Takaaki NakagamiJPNLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.064s6/6344k
17Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM (RC16)+1.214s6/6340k
18Stefan BradlGERLCR Honda (RC213V)+1.227s4/6343k
19Michele PirroITADucati Lenovo (GP23)+1.639s4/6346k
20Miguel OliveiraPORRNF Aprilia (RS-GP22)+3.333s2/2344k

Following Friday’s feedback from riders and official tyre suppliers in the hot and humid conditions, race distances were adjusted with one lap taken off the MotoGP Sprint, Moto2 and Moto3 races, while Sunday’s MotoGP Grand Prix will be shortened by three laps:


MotoGP Sprint: 11 laps Moto3: 16 laps Moto2: 18 laps MotoGP: 21 laps


The MotoGP race for the Indian Grand Prix is filled with intrigue and anticipation. Jorge Martin has the opportunity to continue his impressive streak while reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia has to make up for being behind in the warm-up. The track conditions have presented challenges, leading to delays and unexpected cleanups.

Injuries have also played a significant role, with key players like Alex Marquez and Luca Marini missing the race. Adjustments have been made to race lengths due to climatic conditions, and tyre choices by Michelin have added an additional layer of strategy. As the MotoGP community prepares for the race, several dynamic factors, including racer form, track peculiarities, and recent changes, promise to make this Grand Prix a captivating event.


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