In a nail-biting season finale at the Valencia circuit in Spain, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) clinched his second consecutive MotoGP championship title.
The race held this Sunday at the Ricardo Tormo circuit saw Bagnaia battling it out against his title challenger, Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing). Martin needed a victory and a stumble from Bagnaia to claim the championship, but fate had a different plan.
The dramatic turn of events occurred in the opening moments of the race when Martin lost control while braking in turn 1, narrowly avoiding a collision with Bagnaia.
The mistake cost him not only the lead but also several positions. In a frantic attempt to recover, Martin collided with none other than Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), sending both riders to the ground. Unfortunately for Martin, this spelled the end of his championship aspirations.
With Martin out of contention, Bagnaia’s path to victory became clearer, securing his status as a two-time MotoGP champion and a three-time world champion, considering his previous triumph in the Moto2 category.
The 2023 season, filled with ups and downs, concluded with unprecedented excitement as the championship was decided in the final race—a rarity in recent times.
Throughout the season, Bagnaia showcased resilience, overcoming setbacks and displaying consistency that eluded some of his competitors. While Martin excelled in the Sprint races, which offer fewer points, Bagnaia’s prowess in the GP races proved decisive in securing the title.
Looking ahead to 2024, the anticipation for another spectacular season is palpable. Major rider transfers, including Marc Marquez to Gresini Racing on a satellite Ducati, Johann Zarco’s move to LCR Honda, and Franco Morbidelli joining Prima Pramac Racing on a satellite Ducati, set the stage for intense competition.
The MotoGP action resumes with the 2024 tests commencing on November 28th at the Valencia circuit, promising fans more thrilling moments on the track.
As the checkered flag falls on 2023, Bagnaia stands tall, ready to defend his title in what is sure to be another exhilarating MotoGP season in 2024.