Reset? Recharged? Ready to coast? You’d greater be as a triple header is about to light up the Championship battle, with the top two break up by correct three points and a whopping 111 on offer across the next three weekends. And it all starts in entrance of 1 of MotoGP™’s most passionate crowds as the game returns to Indonesia and the fabulous Pertamina Mandalika International Circuit on the island of Lombok, with the billboards in place and hero’s welcome assured.
So where have been we? We have been in the pouring rain, watching Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) sustain his nerve correct as Jorge Martin‘s (Prima Pramac Racing) continued march towards the top required him to. So now it’s correct three points, with Pecco stlil correct ahead and having dealt with that tension, but Martin very remarkable looking love a man on a mission. The mission is understated for both: Martin’s is to sustain going, Bagnaia’s is to stop him. Can either reign Mandalika?
Merely behind them, there has already been a frisson of drama as smartly. Title contender Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) suffered a broken collarbone in training, giving the Italian a race against time to no longer lose too remarkable ground to the top. The team haven’t yet confirmed when he’ll be back, but say they’re going to quickly. Luca Marini, meanwhile, is anticipated to travel to Indonesia.
The same is moral of Alex Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP™), with the team saying he’ll at least be travelling to take a look at out or begin a return to action. And it’s a mammoth week as rumours continue to swirl around the seat at indicate occupied by teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio, no longer an easy situation for anyone involved. The one thing we finish have confirmed, on the opposite hand, is that Marc Marquez will break up from HRC at the top of 2023.
After weeks and even months of speculation, it’d be easy for some to take the official confirmation, got last week, as a formality. Nevertheless mammoth choices are never such a thing, with hours, days, and weeks of negotiation and emotion behind the scenes. Especially whereas you happen to’ve rewritten the describe books and raced together for over a decade. So what does the prolonged amble sustain? Regardless of the longer term answer, on the coattails of a “romantic” podium in Japan for the quantity 93, there are six race weekends to coast. And we can wager on Marquez giving it more than correct a coast, starting now.
Alongside him, it’s also a final stretch with the brand for Alex Rins (LCR Honda Castrol) ahead of his switch, if he can get back available in the market this weekend. For Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) it’s a original era within the marque as his 2024 was confirmed with Honda, and for Joan Mir (Repsol Honda Team) it’s a gaze across the box wondering who will probably be there subsequent season. It’s also, in some ways, an opportunity, and off the back of two points scoring finishes including that shapely return to the top 5 in India.
Speaking of which, Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP™) got back on the podium in India and then had a tougher – but didn’t everybody – Japanese GP, so it’ll be interesting to stare how he goes in Lombok after a frontrunning spherical last season. Teammate Franco Morbidelli, meanwhile, will probably be looking to start a amble of races signing off from Yamaha in vogue. So too for contemporary Prima Pramac Racing rider Johann Zarco as he appears to get back on the podium before leaving the team, and the Ducati armada Zarco is at indicate part of may stare Enea Bastianini back in the fold at Ducati Lenovo Team too, although the ‘Beast”s return hasn’t yet been confirmed.
Over at KTM, it’s now actually the final stand in the battle for the Constructors’ crown, against that aforementioned Ducati armada. After Brad Binder (Crimson Bull KTM Factory Racing) crashed out in Japan it all of sudden appeared love Ducati have been going to paint Motegi red, but in the top Jack Miller (Crimson Bull KTM Factory Racing) did more than completely ample and ensured the battle rolls on. Miller will silent want more in Indonesia although, and Binder certainly will as the venue has completely considered KTM on the top step so far as they obtained the primary Grand Prix at the venue last year.
The headlines from the Austrian contingent near more from GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 on the way into the Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia although. The information is finally out and the MotoGP™ line-up for the squad subsequent year will stareAugusto Fernandez pair Moto2™ Championship leader Pedro Acosta, taking a small tension off both. Pol Espargaro will silent be with the challenge, on the opposite hand, and will want to spend the remaining races of 2023 to inform relatively what he’s got to offer. As will they all!
Finally, Aprilia are looking for a lot more in Lombok. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) arrives from a solid Japanese GP but wants to get back to that stunning summer season form, and teammate Maverick Viñales had a little bit of a dramatic Sunday at Motegi and most definitely wants to jump back. Raul Fernandez‘ (CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP™ Team) form continues that upward arc although, and they also now have the completely winner at Mandalika in their ranks: Miguel Oliveira (CryptoDATA RNF MotoGP™ Team). Sure, it was wet. There’s no guarantee it obtained’t be again. Regardless, there are some suitable recollections at the track for the Portuguese rider, and the drama of his earlier season appears to be like to have calmed down too – or more, his rivals have allowed it to after that dunk of bad luck early on. What can he finish returning to the venue with Aprilia? We’re about to find out!
SHOWTIME AT MANDALIKA
We’re underway at 15:00 local time – that’s an hour ahead of Jakarta too! – on Saturday AND Sunday at the Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia.
Tissot Sprint: Saturday 15:00 (GMT +8)
Grand Prix Race: Sunday 15:00 (GMT +8)
The title battle is on a knife edge as the triple header places 111 points on the table across three weekends – starting in Indonesia
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