The inaugural Indian MotoGP round took place last weekend at the Buddh International Circuit. Jorge Martin had come to the track full of enthusiasm as he was spotted dancing to “Naatu Naatu” amidst the pre race celebrations. After a decent qualifying, Saturday’s sprint race went smoothly for the Pramac rider, who won the first ever sprint in India with Pecco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez completing the podium.
During Sunday’s main race, Martin faced other problems. In the ending stages of the race, while running second, the Pramac Ducati rider’s leather was unzipped, which would have prompted a penalty if kept like that. However, he went on to slow down and zip it back up to avoid a black flag in the Indian Grand Prix. It could have gone way worse for Jorge Martin in India.
According to the MotoGP rulebook, here is the rule regarding the same. “It is compulsory that each contracted rider must begin each race event with at least two complete sets of undamaged safety equipment. A complete set of safety equipment shall contain:
Leather Suit, 1-piece
‘The equipment must be worn, correctly fastened, at all times during on-track activity,” it states.
Jorge Martin has reduced his championship lead to Pecco Bagnaia to 13 points
After the Sprint race on Saturday, Pecco Bagnaia’s championship lead to Jorge Martin was reduced to 33 points. However, Sunday’s race took everyone by surprise as Pecco went on to crash out from the race. This in turn gave championship rival Jorge Martin a massive advantage, as he stands in P2 in the championship while being just 13 points behind the Italian.
Jorge Martin also went on to score Pramac’s 50th podium. Meanwhile, Marco Bezzecchi went on to dominate the Indian GP and finished with a gap of over eight seconds to Martin on Sunday. The Indian GP was a true spectacle. However, there are many changes that will have to be implemented in order for the race to take place smoothly in 2024. It will be interesting to see if Marco can make it two for two next year.
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Being a racer himself, Varad understands what goes through the minds of racing drivers and is able to capture that through his pieces. Being the athlete that he is, Varad is known for his national victory at the 2022 Red Bull Jumpstart Challenge. He is also a professional endurance cyclist, mountain biker and an action sports photographer making it clear that he loves to fully send it in life.
An avid fan of Formula One and MotoGP, he has been into motorsport for almost a decade. He currently resides in Pune city. He has worked with some big names to bring Underground Car culture to India and also organises Formula One race screenings in Pune.
When he’s not behind the laptop, you’ll find him on a bike trying to be the best out there.
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