Spaniard Jorge Martin (Ducati-Pramac), second in the MotoGP World Championship, won the Thai Grand Prix on Sunday, ahead of leader Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati).
The Madrilenian is closing in on 13 points behind the Italian driver, with three rounds remaining. South African Brad Binder (KTM) completes the podium in a spectacular race.
Martin, Binder and Bagnaia, who are within two tenths of a second, each tried their luck during the final five wild laps.
“Martinator” took the lead with two laps remaining. Binder finished second, but received a one-place penalty for exceeding track limits on the final lap.
"It's incredible. I had to push more than 100%. The pace was good, my management too,” reacted Martin.
Pole position, sprint race and Grand Prix: the Spaniard achieved the “Grand Slam” for the third time this season, after San Marino and Japan.
Bagnaia, in difficulties at the start of the weekend, did better than limit the damage during the Grand Prix, which he started from sixth position.
“It was like a games room, it was incredible. Coming back wasn't easy. I was at the limit on the last lap. Second place is positive,” commented “Pecco”.
The French 2021 world champion Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) took sixth place. More difficult race for his compatriot Johann Zarco (Ducati-Pramac), tenth.
After a break weekend, the paddock leaves for a final sequence of three dates in three weeks, with Malaysia, Qatar and Valencia finishing on November 26.