MotoGP Thailand results, Grand Prix - Intense victory fight

MotoGP heads to Buriram this weekend for round 17 of 2023, the Thai Grand Prix. Check this page for MotoGP Thailand results throughout the weekend.

Francesco Bagnaia, 2023 MotoGP Thai Grand Prix. - Gold and Goose

This weekend, MotoGP holds the final round of its penultimate triple header of 2023 at the Buriram International Circuit in Thailand. This page will be updated with MotoGP Thailand results throughout the weekend.


Grand Prix - Martin wins again as Binder demoted on final lap

Sprint - Martin doubles up on Saturday as Bagnaia slumps to 7th

Qualifying - Martin on pole with record lap

Grand Prix

Jorge Martin started the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix from pole position, and he converted that to a win, coming out on top in a tense three-way battle.

Starting from his usual position at the front of the field, Jorge Martin made his customary good start and reached the first corner ahead of the pack to take the holeshot. He was ahead of Luca Marini and Aleix Espargato as in the Sprint.

Francesco Bagnaia had made a good start, and was fourth after the third turn. But he was pushed wide by Brad Binder in turn nine, which dropped him to sixth.

Binder had been fancied for a shot at victory before the race, and he was second by the end of lap four.

This was good for Binder, because the battle behind was savage. Only Binder and Martin were able to totally avoid the carnage, and were breaking away at the front.

Bagnaia had probably been affected most by that carnage, but he started to respond on lap five, and was back up to fifth by the eighth lap, setting fastest laps of the race as he went.

By lap 10, Martin was coming under increasing pressure from Binder at the front, but the Spaniard resisted well, and never allowed the #33 an opening. Binder himself had been coming under pressure from Alex Marquez, but the #73 crashed out on lap 13, promoting Bagnaia to third.

Binder made his first move on Martin on lap 20, but it was quickly rebuffed. A second attempt at turn three on lap 21 saw a similarly quick response from Martin, but it was clear that the KTM rider felt he had the better speed at this stage. Finally, though, Binder made a move stick on lap 22.

With two laps to go, Martin responded and reclaimed the lead from Binder, and he led onto the last lap.

Binder was only able to attempt a pass into turn three, but Martin was able to resist, and he rode the perfect defensive final lap to hang onto a critical victory, and yet another MotoGP ‘treble’.

Binder crossed the line second, but he exceeded track limits at turn four on the final lap, which dropped him one position to third. That was important, because it meant that Bagnaia was credited with second place, despite crossing the line third, meaning he dropped five points to Martin instead of nine. The Italian leads the riders’ standings by 13 points ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix in two weeks.

Marco Bezzecchi took fourth place, and might have had more of a say in the podium fight had he not gone slightly backwards at the start. In the end, he came through to fourth place.

Aleix Espargaro was third at the start, and dropped back to sixth at one stage, but finished fifth in the end as the top Aprilia. Fabio Quartararo defeated Marc Marquez in the battle of the Japanese manufacturers, taking sixth place as the top Yamaha, while Marquez - the top Honda - finished seventh. 

Luca Marini was strong at the start, but faded to eighth by the end, ahead of Fabio Di Giannantonio (9th) and Johann Zarco (10th) who rounded out the top 10.

A post-race three-second penalty was awarded to Aleix Espargaro for his second offence of the season of being below the minimum tyre pressure for more than 50 per cent of the race distance. It means he drops to seventh place behind Luca Marini.

Full MotoGP results from the Thai Grand Prix are below.

2023 MotoGP Thailand Results | Grand Prix

2023 MotoGP Thai Grand Prix | Buriram International Circuit | Grand Prix Results | Round 17 / 21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP23WIN
2Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP230.253
3Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC160.114 (+1 Pos)
4Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati GP222.005
5Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M14.550
6Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V5.362
7Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati GP226.778
8Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP7.303
9Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini RacingDucati GP227.569
10Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP239.377
11Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M111.168
12Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V11.990
13Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP2312.323
14Takaaki NakagamiJAPLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V14.537
15Raul FernandezESPCryptoData RNF Racing ApriliaAprilia RS-GP15.093
16Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC1617.640
17Augusto FernandezESPGasGas Tech 3 Factory RacingKTM RC1621.307
18Pol EspargaroESPGasGas Tech 3 Factory RacingKTM RC1621.435
DNFAlex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP22DNF
DNFMiguel OliveiraPORCryptoData RNF Racing ApriliaAprilia RS-GPDNF
DNFMaverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GPDNF


Jorge Martin started from what is becoming his customary place on pole position for the MotoGP Sprint in Thailand. From there, he dominated, using his speed to get away early and control the race to the finish.

From pole position, Jorge Martin made an excellent start, holding a comfortable lead into turn one and taking the holeshot ahead of Luca Marini and Aleix Espargaro.

Battling between Marini and Espargaro meant Martin led by over half-a-second by the end of lap one. Further back, Francesco Bagnaia dropped from sixth on the grid to ninth by the end of the first lap.

Martin’s lead was up to almost one second by the end of the second lap, while Brad Binder was now pressuring Marini for second place having already dispatched Espargaro.

Bagnaia wasn’t able to make progress until the beginning of lap five, when Johann Zarco and Alex Marquez started to battle, and opened the door for the current World Championship leader. Unfortunately for the Italian, he was, by now, 1.5 seconds behind the battle for fifth place ahead of him.

Binder finally broke Marini’s resolve at the end of lap seven, but Martin was 1.6 seconds clear in front. 

The #33 had looked much faster than Marini when he was behind, but was unable to break away having made the pass, allowing Marini to stay in contention for second.

Martin’s lead had been approaching two seconds at its largest, but he let it draw in to one second by the end. The 12 points for the win were crucial, as they meant, with Bagnaia finishing only seventh, that the gap at the top of the championship is reduced to 18 points.

Binder was able to hold of the retaliation of Marini for second place, while the late-braking Italian took third.

Marc Marquez was sixth for most of the race, but passed Marco Bezzecchi for fifth when the #72 started to fade in the closing stages, and then defeated Aleix Espargaro on the final lap after the Aprilia rider made a mistake.

Espargaro himself was the top Aprilia by some margin. Compared to his sixth place, the next best RS-GP was Raul Fernandez down in 14th.

Bezzecchi, meanwhile, fended off Bagnaia on the final lap to secure sixth place, while Bagnaia took a lowly seventh. Alex Marquez (8th), Johann Zarco (9th), and Jack Miller (10th) rounded out the top 10.

Full MotoGP results from the Thailand Sprint are below.

2023 MotoGP Thailand Results | Sprint

2023 MotoGP Thai Grand Prix | Buriram International Circuit | Sprint Results | Round 17 / 21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP23WIN
2Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC160.933
3Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati GP221.841
4Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V3.503
5Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP3.581
6Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati GP224.029
7Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP234.121
8Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP226.727
9Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP237.323
10Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC169.240
11Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M19.339
12Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V10.356
13Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP2312.312
14Raul FernandezESPCryptoData RNF Racing ApriliaAprilia RS-GP15.390
15Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M115.535
16Pol EspargaroESPGasGas Tech 3 Factory RacingKTM RC1615.644
17Miguel OliveiraPORCryptoData RNF Racing ApriliaAprilia RS-GP17.753
18Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP22.675
19Takaaki NakagamiJAPLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V37.854
DNFAugusto FernandezESPGasGas Tech 3 Factory RacingKTM RC16DNF
DNFFabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini RacingDucati GP22DNF


MotoGP qualifying Buriram was once again won by Jorge Martin, who took yet another pole position, while his title rival Francesco Bagnaia failed to make the front row.

Q1 is an important session in any MotoGP weekend, but in Buriram it is especially important. While there are places to overtake in at the Thai track, spending any time at all behind another bike in the kind of ambient temperatures Buriram tends to throw up generates a huge amount of heat in the front brake, and both heat and pressure in the front tyre. Therefore, it was important for Alex and Marc Marquez to both find their respective ways through to Q2.

Marc Marquez almost caused one of the most dramatic moments of qualifying in Q2, when he nearly cleaned out points leader Francesco Bagnaia, but in the end he was able to avoid the contact. 

Marquez was not Bagnaia’s biggest problem, though. As usual, that came in the shape of Jorge Martin. While Bagnaia could only qualify sixth, at the back of the second row, Martin qualified on pole.

Martin’s time of a 1:29.743 put him 0.087 seconds clear of Luca Marini. That is obviously a small gap, but it is also true that practice saw the field covered by little over a second, and so anything approaching one-tenth is not an insignificant margin at Buriram.

Nonetheless, Marini’s second place improved on his qualifying of last year (9th) by seven places. The Italian has two podium finishes in Thailand in the Moto2 class, the hard-braking layout suiting Marini’s style. Aleix Espargaro completed the front row in third place for Aprilia, which has been strong this weekend.

Last year, Marini’s VR46 teammate Marco Bezzecchi was the star of the show. The then-rookie took his first pole in MotoGP in the 2022 edition of this race, but he could only manage fourth this year. Surely, the key for Bezzecchi at this point is to get through the weekend and finally give the collarbone he broke before the Indonesian Grand Prix three weeks ago some rest.

Either way, Bezzecchi will be joined by Brad Binder (5th, top KTM) and the aforementioned Bagnaia on the second row, who start next to each other for the second time in as many races, after they started behind Martin on the front row last weekend in Australia.

Alex Marquez will head up row three in seventh place, ahead of Marc Marquez (8th, top Honda, top Japanese bike), and Maverick Vinales (9th). Fabio Quartararo (10th, top Yamaha) rounded out the top 10, ahead of last weekend’s winner Johann Zarco (11th) and Augusto Fernandez (12th).

Full MotoGP results from qualifying in Thailand are below.

2023 MotoGP Thailand Results | Qualifying

2023 MotoGP Thai Grand Prix | Buriram International Circuit | Qualifying Results | Round 17 / 21
PosRiderNat.MotoGP TeamMotoGP BikeTiming
1Jorge MartinESPPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231:29.287
2Luca MariniITAMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati GP221:29.425
3Aleix EspargaroESPAprilia RacingAprilia RS-GP1:29.461
4Marco BezzecchiITAMooney VR46 Racing TeamDucati GP221:29.483
5Brad BinderRSARed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:29.496
6Francesco BagnaiaITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231:29.527
7Alex MarquezESPGresini RacingDucati GP221:29.600
8Marc MarquezESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:29.622
9Maverick VinalesESPAprilia RacingAprila RS-GP1:29.701
10Fabio QuartararoFRAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:29.707
11Johann ZarcoFRAPrima Pramac RacingDucati GP231:29.923
12Augusto FernandezESPGasGas Tech 3 Factory RacingKTM RC161:30.077
13Fabio Di GiannantonioITAGresini RacingDucati GP221:29.850
14Raul FernandezESPCryptoData RNF Racing ApriliaAprilia RS-GP1:29.914
15Jack MillerAUSRed Bull KTM Factory RacingKTM RC161:30.096
16Takaaki NakagamiJAPLCR Honda IdemitsuHonda RC213V1:30.115
17Pol EspargaroESPGasGas Tech 3 Factory RacingKTM RC161:30.124
18Franco MorbidelliITAMonster Energy YamahaYamaha YZR-M11:30.158
19Joan MirESPRepsol Honda TeamHonda RC213V1:30.263
20Miguel OliveiraPORCryptoData RNF Racing ApriliaAprilia RS-GP1:30.442
21Enea BastianiniITADucati Lenovo TeamDucati GP231:30.677