The 2023 Catalan MotoGP will be remembered as a race filled with drama. Aleix Espargaro, riding for Aprilia, emerged as the victor, securing his second consecutive win. However, the race began with a shocking incident that left the MotoGP world on the edge of their seats.
A Chaotic Start
The race’s first lap was marked by a huge, multi-rider crash on turn one, involving Bastianini, Zarco, Alex Marquez, Bezzecchi, and Di Giannantonio. Right after that, despite escaping this collision, pole-sitter and championship leader Francesco Bagnaia had his own share of bad luck as he suffered a terrible high-side and went down. To make matters worse, he was struck right after by Binder’s KTM. The red flag was then raised, signaling a halt to the race and setting the stage for an unforgettable Sunday.
Aprilia’s Remarkable Restart and 1-2 Finish
After the race resumed, history was in the making for Aprilia. Jorge Martin briefly led the pack, but the Aprilia duo of Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro quickly seized control. What followed was a breathtaking display of teamwork and skill as Espargaro executed a daring maneuver to secure the lead from Vinales with just four laps remaining, leading to Aprilia’s first-ever 1-2 finish in MotoGP history. Espargaro’s triumphant homecoming will forever be etched in the annals of MotoGP, a testament to his exceptional skill and sheer determination.
Binder’s Relief and Bagnaia’s Recovery
Brad Binder, a key figure in the first lap incident, later shared his emotional account. He revealed he was relieved as he saw Bagnaia conscious and moving after the spine-chilling crash. Both Bagnaia and Bastianini were quickly transported to the hospital for comprehensive examinations after the incident, leaving fans in suspense. Both riders later received a green light to race in San Marino this weekend.