MotoGP Catalan GP: Espargaro defeats Bagnaia in sprint race
A year after his miscounted laps cost him a podium finish on home soil, Espargaro redeemed himself by defeating world champion Bagnaia by a margin of just under two seconds. Strong throughout the weekend in Barcelona, Espargaro dropped to fourth on the opening lap but fought his way to the lead on lap seven. With no pressure from Bagnaia, Espargaro comfortably crossed the finish line for his second MotoGP win of the 2023 season. Bagnaia defended his position against Vinales to secure second place by a mere 0.051s. The championship leader, Bagnaia, remains in control with a 66-point lead despite losing to Aleix Espargaro. MotoGP riders express concerns about the lack of information regarding track improvements in India and remain on edge.