Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati) earns the win in the sprint race at the Austrian GP. Brad Binder (KTM) and Jorge Martín (Ducati) round out Saturday’s podium at the Red Bull Ring.
The riders completed a total of 14 laps of the Austrian track. Álex Márquez (Ducati), Jack Miller (KTM), Pol Espargaró (KTM), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia) and Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha) completed the Top 9, the positions that give points in sprint races this season.
With this result, Bagnaia increases his lead over Jorge Martín to 46 points.
On Sunday at 2pm (CEST), the main MotoGP race of the weekend will take place at the Red Bull Ring.
Positive race for the Repsol Honda Team
In another intense sprint race, the Repsol Honda team riders put in a solid performance, with a good race pace.
Marc Márquez, who started from 18th position, crossed the finish line in tenth position. Starting the race strongly, he managed to fight for the Top 9 positions until the end of the race. Confirming some good feelings with the new aero package, on Sunday he will try to take another step forward in Austria.
Joan Mir also felt good, and placed 12th. The Repsol Honda Team rider put in a good showing, overtaking his rivals on several occasions and proving himself capable of fighting for points.
Sprint Race Results: Austrian GP (14 laps)
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||21:01.844|
|2. Brad Binder||KTM||+2.056|
|3. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+5.045|
|4. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||+8.252|
|5. Jack Miller||KTM||+11.365|
|6. Pol Espargaró||KTM||+11.816|
|7. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||+11.960|
|8. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||+11.984|
|9. Franco Morbidelli||YAMAHA||+13.634|
|10. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||+14.435|
|12. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||+16.740|
|1. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||226|
|2. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||180|
|3. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||167|
|4. Brad Binder||KTM||140|
|5. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||122|
|6. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||110|
|7. Luca Marini||DUCATI||107|
|8. Jack Miller||KTM||95|
|9. Álex Marquez||DUCATI||81|
|10. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||76|
|19. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||15|
|25. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||5|
“It was an interesting Sprint, when I tried the new aero yesterday I knew more or less what would happen in the Sprint – and it did happen. So it was good in a way to understand this new aero more. We’ve been working with a lot of different setups over the weekend, but we have a clear idea for what to do tomorrow. We benefitted a lot from the falls of others, we have to be honest. Without this we would have been in 15th position more or less. We keep on working and see what we can achieve in tomorrow’s main race.”
“I think today we were able to make a step over what we have had. I had a bit of trouble in the first corner with the problems in front so I lost all the positions I made at the start. After this I settled into my race and I was able to recover many positions, keeping a similar pace for the riders fighting for fifth to tenth. This shows we have had some improvements and I was able to be faster, let’s see what happens tomorrow.”