Alex Marquez takes first MotoGP win in Silverstone Sprint Race
The second part of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship has started the best way possible for Team Gresini MotoGP, who scores the first win of the season with Alex Marquez in a sprint race characterised by a typically English weather.
The Spanish rider had a slow start, but he immediately bounced back as he moved past Fernandez, Miller and Bezzecchi, before flying to 12 points that also mean maiden MotoGP win – the twelfth of his Grand Prix career. The #73 is now ninth in the standings with 75 points.
It was a Saturday to forget for Fabio Di Giannantonio who crashed out of Q1 and lost a big chance in the wet as in FP3 he had showed a great pace with this type of conditions. He still had a good comeback in the race as he made up several places and even overtook Bagnaia, but twelfth comes with no points on Saturday.
1st – ALEX MARQUEZ #73
“I knew straight away that it could have been the good one. I started a bit ‘sleepy’ and lost a few places, but I then found pace and confidence. I rode well, even though I made a mistake on the last lap that could have made my life a lot worse. Aside from that I was in control and it was exciting to claim this maiden win, which I dedicate first to this great team.”
12th – FABIO DI GIANNANTONIO #49
“Too bad for the mistake made this morning, I could have done really well and in the race we showed we had the numbers to stay with the best. Unfortunately, to be starting so far back made our race an uphill battle, and it’s been happening for the last three-four GPs. We gave it all and I still think it was a good result; tomorrow, with a few more laps, we will try to make an even bigger comeback.”