Both Repsol Honda Team riders put together hard-fought races to leave the triple-header on a high, each with a clutch of points and an ever-improving feeling on the Honda RC213V after battling through the Buriram heat.

Fans and riders alike hardly knew which way to look during an explosive 26-lap Thai Grand Prix, the premier class putting on one of the most exciting races of the year. There were battles throughout the entire field from the moment the lights went out until the field crossed the line, the Repsol Honda Team pair featuring heavily in the action as each authored strong races.

An intense opening lap saw Marc Marquez immediately thrust into the heart of the action as the entirety of the top ten were glued together for the first five laps. Every corner there was a new challenger as the #93 battled the likes of Aleix Espargaro and a mix of Ducati riders. One of the fiercest battles would be with MotoGP World Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia, the pair duking it out for sixth place in the early part of the race.

The melee would last until the middle of race when the group began to stretch out, Marquez focusing on holding himself inside the top ten. Another battle late in the race with Fabio Quartararo gave the fans in the MM93 Grandstand something to cheer about again, audibly erupting whenever Marquez made a move. Crossing the line in seventh, a post-race penalty of Aleix Espargaro would see Marquez promoted to sixth place.

Joan Mir’s Sunday was much like his Saturday as the double World Champion again put together an impressive come back from 19th on the grid. Immediately, the #36 was making progress forward in the race and was already into the points before the lap counter passed the midway mark. Lapping consistently in the mid 1’31s, the Repsol Honda Team rider made his way right to the edge of the top ten with just a few laps to go. Tyre wear would see him cross the line in 12th, mirroring his finish from the Sprint as he once again gained seven places from his starting position.

The Repsol Honda Team will now enjoy a well-earned week away from the circuit after an intense period of five races in six weeks before returning for the final push of the year. Another triple header consisting of Sepang, Qatar and Valencia will sign off the 2023 season.

Marc Marquez


“It was a really exciting race, straight away from the start there were battles and everywhere I looked in the first laps there were bikes! I had good battles with Aleix, Pecco and later Fabio – they were all hard but really fun. I was fighting really hard at the start which meant the tyre dropped a bit at the end, but then when the others started to drop, I was able to recover more. Overall the weekend was positive, we rebuilt some confidence after Mandalika and Australia so this is really positive. Now we have a week off after three busy and physical races before ending the season.”

Joan Mir


“A solid day today again, my pace was quite close to that of the top five throughout most of the race and we were able to gain some good positions early. Until the last five laps, when the tyre dropped because of the overtaking we did at the start, we were strong and we have to stay happy. I gave my 100% and we were able to make constant progress. Our position probably doesn’t reflect the effort that we made, but there is progress. Qualifying is the key point we need to focus on, the pace is there when it comes to the races.”

MotoGP 2023
Race Round 17   Thailand

Thai Grand Prix

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 25 Pramac Racing Ducati 39'40.045
2 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 20 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.253
3 Binder Brad 33 RSA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.114
4 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 13 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 2.005
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 11 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 4.550
6 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 10 Repsol Honda Team Honda 5.362
7 Marini Luca 10 ITA 9 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 6.788
8 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 8 Aprilia Racing Aprilia 7.303
9 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 7 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 7.569
10 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 6 Pramac Racing Ducati 9.377
11 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 5 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 11.168
12 Mir Joan 36 SPA 4 Repsol Honda Team Honda 11.990
13 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 3 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 12.323
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 2 LCR Honda Honda 14.537
15 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 1 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 15.093
16 Miller Jack 43 AUS 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 17.640
17 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 0 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 21.307
18 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 21.435
19 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA DNF Aprilia Racing Aprilia DNF
20 Marquez Alex 73 SPA DNF Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati DNF
21 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR DNF RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia DNF
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Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 389 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 376 Pramac Racing Ducati
3 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 310 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA 249 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 198 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 194 Pramac Racing Ducati
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 170 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
8 Marini Luca 10 ITA 164 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
9 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 145 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
10 Miller Jack 43 AUS 144 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
11 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 117 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
12 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 93 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
13 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 84 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
14 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 81 Repsol Honda Team Honda
15 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 76 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
16 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 67 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
17 Rins Alex 42 SPA 54 LCR Honda Honda
18 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 52 LCR Honda Honda
19 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 45 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
20 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 40 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
21 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 32 KTM Test Team KTM
22 Mir Joan 36 SPA 24 Repsol Honda Team Honda
23 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 12 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
24 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 9 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
25 Folger Jonas 94 GER 9 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
26 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 8 Repsol Honda Team Honda
27 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
28 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
29 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 3 Yamaha Test Team Yamaha
30 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda
Location Information

Designed by German architect Herman Tilke, the Buriram International Circuit opened in 2014 and will see MotoGP™ making its debut this season. Located around 410km northeast from the country’s capital of Bangkok, the town of Buriram in the Buriram province literally translates into “city of happiness”, and its typically hot… read more.

Length 4.6 km / 2.83 miles
Width 12 metres / 39.37 ft.
Left corners 5
Right corners 7
Longest straight 1 km / 3280.84 ft.
Constructed 2014
Modified /

444 Moo 15 Buriram Chang Wat Buri Ram 31000, Thailand - View in Google Maps


Track Best lap 1m29.287s (183.6 Km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)
Pole Position 1m29.287s (183.6 Km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)
Race Lap 1m30.178s (181.8 Km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)
2023 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)
2023 Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)