In a nail-biting Qatar Grand Prix, Fabio Di Giannantonio (Gresini Racing) emerged victorious in a spectacular battle with Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), ultimately securing his maiden MotoGP victory.
The tension was palpable as the two riders went head-to-head, with Di Giannantonio making a decisive move at Turn 12 and holding off Bagnaia’s attempts to reclaim the lead.
The race also witnessed Jorge Martin’s struggles (Prima Pramac Racing), as he faced a challenging day and finished in tenth place. The Spanish rider and title challenger dominated and won the Sprint race on Saturday, but had problems with his rear tire in Sunday’s race.
Bagnaia, despite a heart-stopping moment when he ran off the track, almost hitting the back of Giannantonio’s bike, managed to secure second place, extending his championship lead over Martin to 21 points.
The podium saw the polesitter Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) claiming third place, fending off a fierce challenge from Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) in the closing laps.
The intense battles throughout the race added to the drama of the #PECCOvsMARTIN rivalry, making it a truly unforgettable spectacle.
With this victory, Di Giannantonio becomes the eighth different winner of the 2023 season, setting the stage for an exhilarating finale in Valencia, Martin’s house.
As the curtain falls on Qatar, the championship fight is poised for a showdown, with Bagnaia leading by 21 points and everything to play for in the last round. The gloves are off, and the MotoGP championship will be decided in a thrilling climax in Valencia.
MotoGP returns on November 26th, with the Comunitat Valenciana GP, at the Valencia Circuit.