Mir Takes First Win after Frantic Final Lap

Joan Mir converted pole position into his maiden Grand Prix victory after a frantic final lap at the Red Bull Ring. The Spanish rookie held off Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini to become the seventh different winner in 2016 and the first rider to win from pole since Bastianini’s maiden success in Misano last season.

With so many long straights putting an extra emphasis on a slipstream, a large leading group was expected but five riders distanced themselves from the field at the halfway stage. Binder enjoyed the early advantage ahead of Bastianini but Philipp Oettl was emerging as a surprise challenger along with the Leopard KTMs of Mir and Fabio Quartararo.

From a championship point of view, Binder’s cause was helped by the overnight suspension of Romano Fenati by his Sky VR46 team while Jorge Navarro had work to do from the sixth row. The Spaniard rode superbly though to reach the front of the chase group in sixth but just as he was beginning to cross the gap to the leaders, the Estrella Galicia rider lost the front end of his Honda at turn three, ending his race and possibly his title hopes.

With a lap to go, Mir held the advantage from Bastianini and Binder but a late lunge on the brakes at turn four brought Binder back into play. The South African couldn’t quite make the move stick though and with Bastianini edged wide in the mayhem, Mir capitalised to take a lead he would maintain until the chequered flag. Binder held onto second while a last corner lunge from Quartararo failed to pay off, handing third to Bastianini.

Oettl took a fine fifth while Jorge Martin won the battle of the second group to finish sixth, just ahead of rookie trio Bo Bendsneyder, Fabio Di Giannantonio and Nicolo Bulega.


Moto3 NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich (Race Result)

136. Joan MirKTMLeopard Racing37:23.32525
241. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+0.27920
333. Enea BastianiniHondaGresini Racing Moto3+0.43116
420. Fabio QuartararoKTMLeopard Racing+0.43913
565. Philipp OettlKTMSchedl GP Racing+0.60011
688. Jorge MartinMahindraASPAR MAHINDRA Team Moto3+4.13410
764. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+4.1619
84. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaGresini Racing Moto3+4.9708
98. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+4.9727
1011. Livio LoiHondaRW Racing GP BV+5.2626
1121. Francesco BagnaiaMahindraASPAR MAHINDRA Team Moto3+5.4155
1258. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA Racing Team+5.8714
1355. Andrea LocatelliKTMLeopard Racing+5.9053
146. Maria HerreraKTMMH6 Team+12.7752
1576. Hiroki OnoHondaHonda Team Asia+12.8391
1695. Jules DaniloHondaOngetta-Rivacold+12.942
1740. Darryn BinderMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+14.090
1823. Niccolo AntonelliHondaOngetta-Rivacold+14.406
1984. Jakub KornfeilHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+14.517
2062. Stefano ManziMahindraMahindra Racing+14.545
2144. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+14.663
2212. Albert ArenasPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+17.132
237. Adam NorrodinHondaDrive M7 SIC Racing Team+17.443
2417. John McPheePeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+28.306
2516. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+28.405
2642. Marcos RamirezMahindraPlatinum Bay Real Estate+40.213
2789. Khairul Idham PawiHondaHonda Team Asia+40.361
2843. Stefano ValtuliniMahindra3570 Team Italia+1:04.040
293. Fabio SpiranelliMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+1:04.058
3077. Lorenzo PetrarcaMahindra3570 Team Italia+1:04.513
NC9. Jorge NavarroHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+5 Laps
NC19. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA Racing Team+9 Laps
NC53. Marco BezzecchiMahindraMahindra Racing+18 Laps
NC24. Tatsuki SuzukiMahindraCIP-Unicom Starker+18 Laps
NS5. Romano FenatiKTMSky Racing Team VR46Suspended