Moto GP – Austrian GP – Race
A chaotic race is what best describes the first race at the Red Bull Ring, where a lot of mistskes, a huge crash and risky manouvers where some of the highlights at the Austrian GP
As the lights were off, Jack Miller took the head of the race as he was followed by Andrea Dovizioso, Pol Espargaro and Joan Mir at top 4. As the rest of the pack was very close at the first laps of the race. As some laps passed by, Pol Espargaro and Mir overtook Dovizioso, as the Ducati rider was demoted to 4th place, followed by Fabio Quartararo; But the frenchman didn’t have a good day, as he went wide on turn 3 and was way far from the closest rider at last place
As the race was close to hit the “20 laps to go” mark, Pol Espargaro made a move for the lead as Miller’s gap was vanished, as the Spaniard on the KTM was building a good pace. But eventually it was interrupted after a heavy contact between Johann Zarco and Franco Morbidelli. Very scary stuff as both flying bikes were just centimeters to hit both Yamaha riders Rossi and Viñales. As for the riders involved at the incident, Zarco got away on his own foot, as for Morbidelli was took to the medical center, fortunately he was conscious.
Race eventually restarted from the red flag and Miller took again the first place followed by Pol Espargaro, Dovizioso and the Suzuki riders. While Dovi and Miller were looking stronger, the KTM of Pol started to struggle and eventually even behind of Rins and Mir. And it even got worse for him, as he was involved on a accident with Miguel Oliveira. Another rider with problems was Viñales, when his bike was going slow at the fastest sector of the track and was far last.
Race was on the last 10 lap gap, as it become a Ducati-Suzuki battle, with constant battle between Dovi,Miller,Rins and Mir. As Alex was going quite fast, even overcoming the straights disavantage. As the young spaniard showed the bike to make a move, but unfortunately his race come to an end as he went to the gravel at turn 4. Reducing the leading group to 3 riders. Eventually Dovizioso went to increase a gap against his rivals, as they were battling for 2nd place. With a race coming to a finish with Dovi getting his 17th win as a Ducati rider, as Joan Mir got away with a massive 2nd place after Jack Miller went wide on the second to last turn. Massive comeback from Brad Binder as he went from 17th to 4th with a consistent ride and taking advantage of many mistskes from other riders. Rossi finishes 5th, quite remarkable concentration after that near miss at lap 8.
1. Andrea Dovizioso // 2. Joan Mir //3. Jack Miller
4. Brad Binder // 5. Valentino Rossi // 6. Takaaki Nakagami
7. Danilo Petrucci // 8. Fabio Quartararo // 9. Iker Lecouna
10. Maverick Viñales // 11. Aleix Espargaro // 12. Michelle Pirro
13. Alex Marquez // 14. Bradley Smith // 15. Cal Crutchlow
16. Tito Rabat // 17. Stefan Bradl
DNF: Alex Rins, Miguel Oliveira, Pol Espargaro, Johann Zarco, Franco Morbidelli
A wild race which shows that Dovi could have another title shot on his last season with Ducati, as he closed the gap at the championship standings. Still with another race at Red Bull Ring next week, it could be another great weekend for the Ducatis and the Italian rider.