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2023 Bharat GP | Marco Bezzecchi On Pole, Ducati Dominance, Weather Play And More

VR46 Racing Team is proving to be an absolute favourite, as both the riders - Marco Bezzecchi and Luca Marini, fire up the battlefield with utter dominance. Yesterday, both riders put out their best play and led the pack. Today, Marco Bezzecchi has taken the pole position in the first-ever MotoGP qualification. The man has shown his form by clocking the fastest lap at BIC with a lap time of 1:43.947. His teammate, Luca Marini, who managed to clinch the top position with the fastest lap time of 1:44.782 yesterday, did 1:44.215 today and secured P4. Yes, wonder how microseconds add flavour to the sport! Jorge Martin from Prima Pramac Racing finished P2 with a lap time of 1:43.990. The Championship leader, Francesco Bagnaia, who was found struggling yesterday, has shown us his true championship potential today and clinched the third spot in the grid with a lap time of 1:44.203.

Repsol Honda Team has managed a good show, wherein Joan Mir finished ahead of six-time champion Marc Marquez. Marc showed his true championship character as he benefited from slipstream behind the Pramac Ducati. Aprilia duo - Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro finished P9 and P10, respectively. Monster Energy Yamaha star rider Fabio Quartararo showed his confidence by finishing P8 with a lap time of 1:44.724. Ducatis dominate half of the top 10 grid, with Johann Zarco finishing in P7. The final lap of KTM rider Brad Binder was cancelled as a result of a yellow flag in close proximity to the crash site. For the second time in just two days, the South African driver's final flying lap has been disrupted by yellow flags, resulting in a 14th-place start on the grid for the race. Gresini Racing's Alex Marquez has been declared unfit, as he suffered a double rib fracture because of a heavy crash at the end of Q1. 

Early this morning today, Moto GP officially announced the revised lap distance in the wake of the hot and humid conditions. However, it has rained heavily today, and the session is a bit delayed. The Sprint race will be 11 laps, and the main race will be  21 laps. The distance of Moto 2 and Moto 3 races has been reduced by one lap each. 

TopGear Magazine May 2024