The first race of the 2024 season doesn’t take place until March, so let’s shorten the wait for the new season by reminiscing about the start of this year’s MotoGP. The first race of 2023 was the GP of Portugal.
In previous years, the season started with a race in Qatar, but this year it was different. Due to circuit repairs, the 2023 Qatar Grand Prix was only scheduled for November. The first race of the year took place at the end of March in Portugal. This year, the first ever sprint race was held at the circuit in Portimão. The winner of the first sprint was reigning champion Francesco Bagnaia, who also won the main race a day later. Along with Bagnaia, Maverick Viñales and Marco Bezzecchi also took a look at the podium in the Portuguese Grand Prix. Enea Bastianini and Pol Espargaro did not enter the main Portuguese race. Bastianini broke his scapula in the sprint (after a collision with Marini) and Espargaro had a heavy fall already in Friday practice. An injury ultimately sidelined the younger of the Espargaro brothers for several months.
Pedro Acosta won the middle class. Aron Canet and Tony Arbolino reached the podium together with him. Filip Salač finished just off the podium – he reached the finish line in fourth place.
The race for the weakest cubic capacity was then reigned by Daniel Holgado, for whom it was his first career victory. David Muñoz finished second. The third step of the podium was taken by the Brazilian Diogo Moreira, who in the end narrowly overcame the rookie Rueda and thanks to this, achieved his first place on the podium.
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