Buriram (Thailand), Oct 29 (EFE).- Spaniard Jorge Martín (Ducati Desmosedici GP23) managed to do a double in the Thai MotoGP Grand Prix by winning the two races held at the “Chang International” circuit in Buriram to reduce 14 points to the championship leader, the Italian Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP23).
The winner of the race was practically not known until the last corner, until the finish line, in which Martín was first ahead of the South African Brad Binder (KTM RC 16), who was penalized with the loss of a position for exceeding the limits. limits of the circuit on the last lap, which ended in the hands of Bagnaia.
Jorge Martín is now thirteen points behind “Pecco” Bagnaia, 386 points behind the second compared to 376 points behind the first, who in Thailand achieved his fourth “double victory” of the season after those achieved in Germany, Republic of San Marino and Japan.
The sky darkened little by little and the truth is that it generated great uncertainty among all the riders and teams, but the strong heat and humidity continued to play an important role until the start of the MotoGP race, in which it was going to be decisive. tire management.
Once again Jorge Martín did not fail at the start, taking Luca Marini (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) in his wake, Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia RS-GP), who quickly overtook the Italian, with Francesco “Pecco” Bagnaia (Ducati Desmosedici GP23), who started sixth, in fourth place, with Alex Márquez (Ducati Desmosedici GP22) fifth, ahead of Brad Binder (KTM RC 16) and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia RS-GP.
Marc Márquez (Honda RC 213 V), who started eighth, held his position, while his brother Alex completed the initial lap fifth, between Binder and Bagnaia.
In the second lap the problems moved Maverick Viñales away from the leading positions, who reached seventh, but who completed that second lap in twelfth.
Jorge Martín set the pace but temporizing to achieve greater tire life, which meant that the leading group was very close and that overtaking was a constant, with a special role for Márquez and Bagnaia, who on the fourth lap They advanced several times.
In that fourth lap Brad Binder went on the attack and overtook Luca Marini to put himself in the wake of Jorge Martín, who at that moment had the opportunity to change the pace and push to open a gap that would allow him to claim the victory without the pressure of the South African.
And so it was, because in the next lap up to three drivers lowered the fastest lap record, Jorge Martín, Brad Binder and “Pecco” Bagnaia, who surpassed Marc Márquez again to reach sixth position.
The intensity of the race did not decline, with Jorge Martín and Brad Binder a few meters ahead of Alex Márquez, Luca Marini, Aleix Espargaró, “Pecco” Bagnaia and Marc Márquez at the head of a very stretched main group already in the seventh lap.
On that same lap, the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (Aprilia RS-GP) had to go into his workshop with technical problems on his motorcycle, which he was warned about by showing a black flag with an orange circle in the center.
Back on the track, Jorge Martín managed to keep Brad Binder at bay, but they did not separate from their pursuers, Alex Márquez, Luca Marini and “Pecco” Bagnaia, who had managed to distance themselves from the rest of the drivers, where the fight between Aleix Espargaró and Marc Márquez caused that gap of almost a second and a half to open, which as soon as they maintained the position they gradually closed with respect to the leading quintet of the race.
Alex Márquez did not have much luck and on the thirteenth lap, when he was third, two tenths of a second behind Brad Binder, he crashed after losing grip on his front axle, with which “Pecco” Bagnaia “inherited” his position.
After the halfway point of the race, the situation had a trio in the lead, Jorge Martín, Brad Binder and “Pecco” Bagnaia, a duo formed by the VR46 drivers, Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi, and another trio with Aleix Espargaró, Marc Márquez and Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha YZR M 1).
A little further back, Maverick Viñales, Fabio di Giannantonio (Ducati Desmosedici GP22), Raúl Fernández (Aprilia RS-GP), Joan Mir (Honda RC 213 V) and Johann Zarco (Ducati Desmosedici GP23) were fighting to neutralize those in front.
In the twentieth lap, Brad Binder’s first attempt to overtake Jorge Martín occurred, but the Spaniard returned it almost immediately, allowing Bagnaia to get much closer to them, practically “hooked” on them.
Binder achieved the goal of leading the race for the first time on the twenty-second lap, but without clearly managing to separate himself from either Martín or Bagnaia.
One lap later, Spaniard Maverick Viñales had to retire with some type of technical problem, losing positions throughout the race.
On the penultimate lap, in turn three, Jorge Martín “tough it out” on the inside to regain first position, although Brad Binder showed that he wanted the victory, as did “Pecco” Bagnaia, who tried to overtake both of them. on the outside in a spectacular action, but he couldn’t.
The last lap was going to be a heart attack and in it Jorge Martín knew how to close absolutely all the gaps so that none of his rivals could put the wheel in him and forcing the error of Brad Binder, who went out of the limits of the circuit and was sanctioned. with the loss of one position, which gave Bagnaia the second final place.
Bezzecchi achieved fourth place, ahead of Aleix Espargaró, Fabio Quartararo, Marc Márquez, Luca Marini, Fabio di Giannantonio and Johann Zarco, who took the top ten positions.
Joan Mir (Honda RC 213 V), 2020 MotoGP world champion, was twelfth, with Raúl Fernández (Aprilia RS-GP) fourteenth, Augusto Fernández (Gas Gas RC 16) seventeenth and Pol Espargaró (Gas Gas RC 16), behind him.
Juan Antonio Lladós