Maverick Vinales, MotoGP, Indian MotoGP, 22 September

2023 Indian MotoGP: Saturday sprint race LIVE UPDATES!

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2023 - 13:13

After Friday's practice was led by Luca Marini, Saturday sees final practice, qualifying and the debut MotoGP (Sprint) race at India's Buddh International Circuit.

Francesco Bagnaia takes a 36-point title lead over Pramac’s Jorge Martin into round 13 of 20.

Michelin is offering a wider choice of tyres for this weekend, four fronts and three rears, as MotoGP faces its first new event without any prior testing in over a decade.

The 13-turn ex-F1 track features several sizeable straights, the longest at just over 1km, plus banked corners at 8 & 9 plus what proved to be a tricky Turn 1 in Friday practice.

Missing this weekend are Ducati’s Enea Bastianini - who fractured his hand and ankle during a multi-rider pile-up in Catalunya, moments before team-mate Bagnaia was run over following a highside - and LCR Honda’s Alex Rins, who is still recovering from leg fractures at Mugello in May.

HRC test rider Stefan Bradl will replace Rins with Ducati test rider Michele Pirro in place of Bastianini.

Following Friday's feedback from riders and official tyre suppliers in the hot and humid conditions, race distances have been adjusted with one lap taken off the MotoGP Sprint, Moto2 and Moto3 races, while Sunday's MotoGP Grand Prix will be shortened by three laps:

MotoGP Sprint: 11 laps
Moto3: 16 laps
Moto2: 18 laps
MotoGP: 21 laps

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Martin wins

Martin wins the first-ever MotoGP race in India, while Marquez is on the podium for the first-time since the sprint at Portimao. Bagnaia was second. 

Final lap

Bezzecchi is now through on Quartararo for P5. What a comeback ride from the pole man. 

Lap 9

Aleix Espargaro's disastrous sprint has ended in the gravel. 

Lap 7

Bezzecchi is now ahead of Vinales and is seventh with five laps remaining. 

Lap 6

Crash for Johann Zarco as he's lost sixth spot. Bezzecchi meanwhile, is already in the points and is the fastest rider on circuit. 

Lap 4

Joan Mir is down! After a strong start the Spaniard has crashed out of P9.

Lap 2

Bagnaia is under pressure from Marc Marquez for second, while Mir and Binder are right behind Marquez. 


Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl also collided which resulted in both riders crashing at turn one. 


Early drama as Marco Bezzecchi has been hit by teammate Luca Marini. Jorge Martin leads. 


Here we go for the Indian MotoGP sprint.


The warm-up lap is underway at the Buddh International Circuit. 


The pit lane is officially open as riders are heading to the start for what will be a quick-start procedure. 


After another delay of ten minutes we're all set to have pit lane open in 15 minutes. The race will get underway very shortly after that. 


The delay is due to the starting grid being wet. 


There's been a further delay and pit lane is expected to open in 25 minutes. 


Coming up in just under 20 minutes is the sprint race. It's a 12:08pm (UK) start time. 


Good morning and welcome back to the Indian MotoGP. The added 'wet session' ahead of the sprint has just come to an end with Jorge Martin on top.


Gresini report that Alex Marquez is now going to hospital for further checks.


Bezzecchi keeps pole for the inaugural Indian MotoGP and will be joined on the all-Ducati front row by Jorge Martin and Francesco Bagnaia.

But it'll be two Repsol Hondas on row two.


But Marco Bezzecchi moves the goalposts with a 1m 43.947s, 0.2s quicker than Jorge Martin.


Bagnaia goes 2nd, Mir 4th and Marc Marquez 7th.