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The winner's podium. © APA/afp / MONEY SHARMA

Martin wins sprint in India ahead of Bagnaia

The Spaniard Jorge Martin won the MotoGP sprint before the Indian Grand Prix and thus further reduced his gap in the World Championship.

The Ducati rider won on Saturday ahead of Italian World Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati), while motorcycle superstar Marc Marquez (Honda) came third. Pole-sitter Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) worked his way through the field at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida near New Delhi after a collision in the first corner to finish fifth. For Martin, most recently the GP winner in Misano, it was the fourth sprint success this season. Bagnaia now leads the overall World Cup standings with 33 points over Martin, Bezzecchi is 69 points behind.

The race on Sunday (12.00 p.m.) near the Indian capital, where Formula 2011 was held between 2013 and 1, was shortened to 21 instead of 24 laps due to the hot and humid conditions. Eleven instead of twelve laps were also completed in the sprint. “I have never experienced such heat. Here it feels as if you are burning on some parts of the track,” Bagnaia said after training on Friday. On Saturday it initially rained heavily, but as the track dried out, the start of the sprint was postponed several times.

The result

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