MotoGP: Martin is new leader of the World Championship, +7 points on world champion Bagnaia


By John

Jorge Martin is the new leader of the MotoGP class drivers’ world championship thanks to his triumph in the Sprint Race of the Indonesian GP. Now the Spaniard from Ducati Pramac has a 7-point lead over world champion Francesco Bagnaia (eighth at the finish line) and finds himself at the top of the MotoGP rider standings for the first time in his career. Also on the podium were the two Mooney VR46 drivers with Marini second and Bezzecchi third. Fourth Vinales, 5th Quartararo, 6th Di Giannantonio and 7th Bastianini. Marc Marquez crashed on the first lap, while Aleix Espargaró retired after knocking out Binder.

Bagnaia: “It’s tough starting so far back”

“What do I think about losing the top of the World Championship? I’m sick of it. Today was tough, we knew it was tough starting so far back. In the first laps with the new tire I struggle to push. I missed Q2 for nothing, the same time it would have earned me the second row.” Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) declared this to Sky Sport at the end of the Sprint Race of the Indonesian GP, ​​finishing in eighth place, after starting from 13th place, the same one he will occupy tomorrow at the start of the GP. “In the race I felt strong with the road clear, I was lapping faster than the leaders but the only way to overtake Enea (Bastianini ed.) was to throw him out. But this isn’t in my power. At the start I went well but I was a a bit closed, I didn’t have the same push. I chose the hard tire at the front because I was afraid of the pressure, the soft would have been very annoying. At the back I instead used the soft because it’s more than 60 degrees on the asphalt and I thought it would go better,” Bagnaia added.