Race results from the Qatar MotoGP at Lusail, round 19 of 20 in the 2023 world championship.
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|2023 Qatar MotoGP, Lusail – Race Results|
|1||Fabio Di Giannantonio||ITA||Gresini Ducati (GP22)|
|2||Francesco Bagnaia||ITA||Ducati Lenovo (GP23)|
|3||Luca Marini||ITA||Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)|
|4||Maverick Viñales||SPA||Aprilia Factory (RS-GP23)|
|5||Brad Binder||RSA||Red Bull KTM (RC16)|
|6||Alex Marquez||SPA||Gresini Ducati (GP22)|
|7||Fabio Quartararo||FRA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)|
|8||Enea Bastianini||ITA||Ducati Lenovo (GP23)|
|9||Jack Miller||AUS||Red Bull KTM (RC16)|
|10||Jorge Martin||SPA||Pramac Ducati (GP23)|
|11||Marc Marquez||SPA||Repsol Honda (RC213V)|
|12||Johann Zarco||FRA||Pramac Ducati (GP23)|
|13||Marco Bezzecchi||ITA||Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)|
|14||Joan Mir||SPA||Repsol Honda (RC213V)|
|15||Augusto Fernandez||SPA||Tech3 GASGAS (RC16)*|
|16||Franco Morbidelli||ITA||Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)|
|17||Raul Fernandez||SPA||RNF Aprilia (RS-GP22)|
|18||Pol Espargaro||SPA||Tech3 GASGAS (RC16)|
|19||Takaaki Nakagami||JPN||LCR Honda (RC213V)|
|Aleix Espargaro||SPA||Aprilia Factory (RS-GP23)|
|Iker Lecuona||SPA||LCR Honda (RC213V)|
An unemployed Fabio di Giannantonio has taken a fairytale debut MotoGP victory after potentially ‘missing’ a team orders message from Ducati to win a Qatar duel with Francesco Bagnaia.
Bagnaia has still put one hand on the 2023 world championship by pulling 21 points clear of rival Jorge Martin heading into the Valencia finale.
Bagnaia bolted to an early lead, with only Gresini’s Giannantonio stepping up to challenge the reigning champion.
The Gresini rider clung to Bagnaia’s slipstream but was sent a ‘mapping 8’ message with 5 laps to go. The same message Jorge Lorenzo received for team orders in 2017, suggesting Ducati wanted di Giannantonio to hold position behind Bagnaia… Or did it?
di Giannantonio’s crew chief Frankie Carchedi later told pitlane reporter Simon Crafar: “We sent a message because he wanted to know when there were 5 laps left in the race. It wasn’t anything special. I think people have got the wrong idea.”
Either way, di Giannantonio squeezed past Bagnaia with 4 laps to go. Bagnaia then tried to fight back and ran wide at Turn 1, but rejoined in a safe second.
Luca Marini repeated his Saturday result in third while Martin limped home in tenth, staring at his rear tyre as he crossed the line.
Keyword: 2023 Qatar MotoGP, Lusail - Race Results