Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) won the Austrian GP in a race led from the start by the Italian rider. Brad Binder (KTM) and Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) closed out the podium at the Red Bull Ring.
Luca Marini (Ducati), Álex Márquez (Ducati), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), Jorge Martín (Ducati), Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia) and Enea Bastianini (Ducati) completed the Top 10 at the Austrian round.
With this result, Bagnaia continues to increase the gap over his main title rival, Jorge Martín, which now stands at 62 points.
The next round of the MotoGP World Championship will be in two weeks’ time, at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Ups and downs for Repsol Honda Team
After a positive sprint race for the two Repsol Honda Team riders, the objective in the main race was to manage the race well in order to achieve good results, on which to work for the remainder of the season.
Marc Márquez, starting from 18th position, crossed the finish line in 12th place. The Repsol Honda Team rider started the race with a good pace that allowed him to stay in the points. Over the course of the race, he managed his strategy in order to finish without taking excessive risks and scoring his first points of the season in a Sunday race.
Joan Mir also had a good start that allowed him to enjoy a solid early phase of the race. However, he suffered a small crash on Lap 13 that ended his day prematurely.
Austrian GP: Race Results (28 laps)
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||42:23.315|
|2. Brad Binder||KTM||+5.191|
|3. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||+7.708|
|4. Luca Marini||DUCATI||+10.343|
|5. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||+11.039|
|6. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||+11.724|
|7. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+12.917|
|8. Fabio Quartararo||YAMAHA||+19.509|
|9. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||+20.231|
|10. Enea Bastianini||DUCATI||+20.729|
|12. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||+23.027|
|Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||DNF|
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||251|
|2. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||189|
|3. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||183|
|4. Brad Binder||KTM||160|
|5. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||125|
|6. Luca Marini||DUCATI||120|
|7. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||117|
|8. Jack Miller||KTM||96|
|9. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||92|
|10. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||86|
|19. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||19|
|26. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||5|
“The result of this Grand Prix was a culmination of the new approach we are taking as in Silverstone. We are trying to understand many things with the bike and avoid falling, finally we finished a race. At one point in the race my times were quite good, but I was the only one with the soft rear. It’s good to finish a race but obviously we are aiming for more and we need to keep on working. It’s been a busy weekend here in Austria and now we see what’s possible in Montmeló.”
“I’m not happy about today, I felt that we were doing a solid weekend for our situation. It’s a shame to fall and miss out on more laps. I had something with the brakes, which can always be a critical point here, and then I went wide and lost the front. When you’re riding on the limit and have a small problem, it’s difficult to stay on a bike. The positives are that I was able to fighting with Marc across the weekend and I was not as far behind as previous races. We improved our confidence too so we need to carry this feeling into the next races.”