Sprint race results from the Qatar MotoGP at Lusail, round 19 of 20 in the 2023 world championship.
In the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix Sprint race, rookie Jorge Martin emerged as the winner, reducing Francesco Bagnaia’s lead in the world championship to just seven points and intensifying their title fight. Martin fended off challenges from Fabio di Giannantonio to secure a crucial victory, with Luca Marini finishing in third place. Contact between Bagnaia and Martin occurred at Turn 1, and Martin made a bold move under Bagnaia on lap 2 to take the lead. Despite Bagnaia’s subdued performance, di Giannantonio pushed him hard. Aleix Espargaro, Enea Bastianini, and Miguel Oliveira were involved in a multi-rider accident on the opening lap. The grand prix will see grid penalties for Espargaro and Iker Lecuona, and Martin and Bagnaia are now tied in points heading into the final round in Valencia. Both riders, along with others, have already received an Official Warning for low tire pressure. The Lusail circuit underwent significant renovations, including a full resurfacing, and Michelin provided extra tire compounds due to the lack of track data. Pramac Ducati is on track to secure the teams’ world championship, while Alex Rins continues to be replaced by Iker Lecuona at LCR Honda.