Another exciting race under the Lusail floodlights as the Repsol Honda Team earned a double point scoring finish with Marc Marquez and Joan Mir battling until the very end.
Almost every lap of the 22-lap Qatar Grand Prix saw a flurry of hard passes up and down the grid, the Repsol Honda Team pairing of Marc Marquez and Joan Mir featuring throughout. Rocketing off the line as in the Sprint, Marc Marquez immediately put himself into the mix as he exited Turn One in fifth place. Defending as hard as ever, the eight-time World Champion held his own in the opening laps of the race. As the competition heated up, the #93 found himself under increasing pressure from those behind as the likes of Binder and Viñales hounded him.
Initially dropping back, Marquez rallied in the closing stages of the race to fight with championship contender Jorge Martin for tenth position. Martin’s teammate Zarco joined their battle, Marquez fortunate to avoid crashing after a big impact from the French rider in the final lap. 0.1s shy of Martin at the line, Marquez gave his all until the chequered flag and took 11th place.
On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, Joan Mir was able to put together a solid recovery from 20th on the grid. Getting a solid launch as the lights went out, Mir was immediately able to gain a handful of positions and began closing in on the points. Matching the pace of the top five on track, the 2020 MotoGP World Champion continued his progress and made his way deeper into the point scoring positions. Passing the likes of Morbidelli and Augusto Fernandez, Mir pushed until the final lap to close the distance on Bezzecchi before crossing the line in 14th spot and some four seconds behind his teammate. Returning to the points, it was a confidence building result for the #36.
Now just one more stop remains on the 2023 MotoGP World Championship calendar, the Valencia GP, November 24 – 26. The weekend will not only see the World Championship decided but will also see Marc Marquez’s current sting in the Repsol Honda Team come to a close. Everyone involved remains unwaveringly committed until the end.