The MotoGP world championship is totally reopened. After Jorge Martin's success in Motegi, under a real downpour, the distance in the standings from Bagnaiayes reduced to just 3 points. Therefore, not even the extreme conditions stopped the Pramac Racing rider's comeback. Sunday's GP, however, did not go smoothly as the race direction decided to interrupt it after 12 of the 24 scheduled laps.
The rain, in fact, was too intense and the track conditions were increasingly worse. criticisms. The GP, in reality, had started with a few drops, so much so that all the riders had decided to start on slick tyres. However, already after the first lap it was clear that the situation would only get worse and therefore the riders decided to take advantage of the bike change or flag to flag to be able to return to the track with rain tyres.
His first top 3 result on a Sunday since the 2022 #AustralianGP! 🥉@marcmarquez93 returns to the podium and he does it on Honda's home turf! 💪#JapaneseGP 🇯🇵 pic.twitter.com/XVpONSIntK
— MotoGP™🏁 (@MotoGP) October 1, 2023
Situations that Aleix Espargaro took advantage of, at least for a while, given that the leaders in the world rankings had restarted carefully. However, very soon the positions changed and in first position was Martin returned with Bagnaia second. Behind them Marco Bezzecchi and Marc Marquez.
The Spaniard from Honda who could soon announce his move to Gresini's Ducati, is managed, lap after lap, to find a good rhythm, managing to pass Bezzecchi. Meanwhile, Martin pulled ahead of Bagnaia. On lap number 12 it is however the red flag arrived. Initially, race direction was aiming for a restart to finish the remaining 12 laps. However, the weather and track conditions did not make this possible. Full points for everyone given that 50% of the race had been covered.
Now, we fly to Indonesia for a GP that is fundamental for the MotoGP riders' world ranking.
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