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Francesco Bagnaia - 2023 MotoGP World Champion | Ducati Bags The Constructor's Trophy

The 2023 MotoGP session has come to a thrilling end with a nail-biting race at Valencia. What was supposed to be a close battle between Jorge Martin and Pecco came to a horrific end with the devastating crash of Jorge Martin with Marc Marquez. Martin looked quite aggressive as he moved to place second from sixth just before reaching the first turn of lap 1. He kept his momentum but lost control and went straight off the track. He then got up to speed and was getting in pace - which seemed pretty competitive. Despite his best efforts, he unfortunately crashed out of the race after colliding with Marc. This unexpected turn of events left him disappointed and disheartened. Pecco, on the other hand, showed his fighting spirit by staying in the race behind the KTM duo of Binder and Miller. Bagnaia was quick to seize the opportunity on lap 19 when Miller's unfortunate crash allowed him to take over the lead. It was a display of excellent racecraft and split-second decision-making that set Bagnaia apart as a true champion.

Pecco's consistency over the entire session had made him secure back-to-back championship wins in the premier class since Marc in 2019. “I’m super happy; more than this is impossible. Also, because we won the race, it’s fantastic," he says after winning the race. 

KTM was looking quite competitive, as they could have finished the 2023 season with a 1-2 finish. However, on lap 14, Binder went so wide off the track. Still - he managed to finish fourth. Unfortunately, Miller slid off turn ten and was out of the race when it seemed he would comfortably reach the top finish line.  

The next session would be quite an eventful to watch out for as Marc would ride Ducati's bike. As well, various shuffles of riders among teams would add different flavours to the race. 

TopGear Magazine February 2024