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MotoGP Britain: Thrilling Grand Prix with Extraordinary Last Lap Pass

Written by Owen Bradley

Credit: Ben Stansall


An absolutely fantastic British Grand Prix which was dominated by the Ducati's early on, ended up being one of the best races of 2023.


Jack Miller's KTM would roar into the lead once again, just like in the sprint race. However, after being overtaken by Francesco Bagnaia and Marco Bezzecchi, he would be run wide at Copse by an Aprilia.


Unfortunately for the entire VR46 Racing Team, Marco Bezzecchi would crash out from the race. It was clear to see that Bezzecchi was very disappointed, as he didn't leave his garage for a long while after the race had finished, and his head was held very low. However, Team Principal Alessio Salucci would say to me: "It happens, motorsport is like this sometimes, sport is like this in general. today we lost, but we of course win and lose together".


But the drama was far from over, as Luca Marini and Fabio Quartararo made contact, breaking the Yamaha's front bodywork and subsequently ruining his race, meaning he has scored just a single point from the entire British Grand Prix weekend.


Towards the end of the race, rain began to fall and many were nervous about having to run their wet weather bikes, as every team prepared for it, some opted to risk it. Unfortunately for those that did, it never quite got a full downpour, and so everyone who had risked the strategy, had lost a lot of time, especially with the Silverstone Circuit pit lane being one of the longest.


Credit: Ben Stansall


But the threat of rain and changing conditions was never fully over, as Bagnaia struggled, and lost multiple seconds to the chasing pack behind him. Eventually, Marc Marquez would fall as well as many others, proving that these conditions were making even some of the most experienced World Champions, struggle.


But on the final lap, heading into the Maggots/Becketts section, Aleix Espargaro for Aprilia, would finalise his extraordinary move, and take the lead of the race with just half a lap remaining. Bagnaia didn't have much grip left, and with rain coming down on the back half of the track, the move was never really on without a major risk.


Aleix Espargaro would come home to claim another victory, and a popular result with many of the fans, who could be heard gasping as Espargaro made that incredible move.


Espargaro would go on to say in the press conference: "I was fast all weekend, just a little bit slower than Pecco, but of course what matters is the race, and we got another win!"


Bagnaia, who was evidently feeling a little bittersweet on the result of P2, said: "He deserved to win today. It was really difficult to know exactly when and where to push, and I was losing time because Aleix understood this limit better. Maybe I need to learn more about this, but for today I’m happy with P2."


And Brad Binder would come home to finish a brilliant P3, another podium for KTM and overall a good performance, he said: "I’m happy to be up on the podium today, my team deserved this, and the bike was so much better today than it has been all weekend, so thanks so much to the team."


MotoGP is officially back after the summer break, and what a way to do it with a thrilling sprint, and a chaotic Grand Prix.


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Aug 06, 2023

A great GP, a great weekend which the series navigated really well given the terrible weather. Those bikes look epic in any conditions but truly take your breath away in anything other than full dry conditions. So pleased that my pick and favourite of the last few seasons, an old/experienced hand and one of the nicest guys on the grid claimed the win. I think lots to enjoy in the rest of the season !

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