Jorge Martin twice pretty much barged MotoGP title rival Pecco Bagnaia aside in the Qatar sprint race. That ‘opens a situation’, according to Bagnaia
Defending MotoGP champion Pecco Bagnaia acknowledged that the aggression level in the 2023 title race has heightened after two forceful moves by his rival Jorge Martin during the Qatar sprint. Bagnaia mentioned that he found it interesting and cool that it was Martin making those moves, implying that he welcomed the situation. Martin’s actions reminded Bagnaia of a previous incident in Thailand where he blocked Bagnaia’s attempt to overtake, causing both riders to go wide. However, Martin made a costly error later on, allowing Bagnaia and Marc Marquez to pass him. In another encounter between Martin and Bagnaia, Martin pushed his Ducati against Bagnaia’s shoulder, resulting in Fabio Di Giannantonio overtaking Bagnaia as well. Martin defended his actions, stating that he took some risk and believed it wasn’t a crazy move. Nonetheless, Martin’s other overtakes on Alex Marquez and Luca Marini were less aggressive and yielded positive results.