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Jorge Martin given 3-Place grid penalty for MotoGP Dutch Grand Prix

Jorge Martin has been given a 3-place grid penalty for the Dutch Grand Prix at Assen on Sunday, after impeding Raul Fernandez.

After initially qualifying in second place on the grid for the Dutch Grand Prix, Jorge Martin has been hit with a 3-place penalty for impeding Trackhouse Aprilia’s Raul Fernandez between Turns 3-5.

With Martin slowing after one of his push laps, the Pramac Ducati rider was riding slow into the opening few corners, with Fernandez catching up between Turns 2-3, and Martin being seen riding wide at Turn 4 as Fernandez got underneath the Spaniard.

The pair even make light contact at Turn 5, with Martin running slightly into the back of Fernandez, after the Trackhouse Aprilia rider aborted his lap. This will now promote Maverick Vinales to second, Alex Marquez to third and Aleix Espargaro to fourth with Martin slotting into the middle of the second row on the grid.

With just 15 points separating Francesco Bagnaia and Jorge Martin, and with Bagnaia’s absolute domination in the Assen Sprint race, the championship lead that Martin currently has, could be set to have a dramatic cut.

However, with Enea Bastianini showcasing what his Ducati could do, going from 11th to 4th in the Sprint race, Martin will be pushing to recover to the podium places early into the race.

Updated MotoGP Starting Grid

1st Francesco Bagnaia, Factory Ducati
2nd Maverick Vinales, Aprilia
3rd Alex Marquez, Gresini Ducati
4th Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia
5th Jorge Martin, Pramac Ducati

6th Fabio Di Giannantonio, VR46 Ducati
7th Marc Marquez, Gresini Ducati
8th Franco Morbidelli, Pramac Ducati
9th Brad Binder, Red Bull Factory KTM
10th Pedro Acosta, Red Bull GasGas KTM Tech3
11th Enea Bastianini, Factory Ducati
12th Raul Fernandez, Trackhouse Aprilia
13th Fabio Quartararo, Monster Yamaha
14th Jack Miller, Red Bull Factory KTM
15th Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Ducati
16th Alex Rins, Monster Yamaha
17th Miguel Oliveira, Trackhouse Aprilia
18th Lorenzo Savadori, Aprilia
19th Johann Zarco, LCR Honda
20th Joan Mir, Repsol Factory Honda
21st Luca Marini, Repsol Factory Honda
22nd Augusto Fernandez, Red Bull GasGas KTM Tech3
23rd Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda

 

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