Mir Continues Moto3 Domination in Austria

Thomas Luthi - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

Joan Mir’s march towards the Moto3 world championship gathered pace at the Red Bull Ring with another classy victory in the Austrian Grand Prix. The Spaniard, who claimed his maiden victory here 12 months ago, dominated despite starting tenth on the grid, extending his championship lead to 64 points as a result.

Mir had qualified second but a post-session penalty for exceeding track limits saw his fastest lap time deleted, promoting the RBA team-mates into first and second on the grid. Neither Gabriel Rodrigo or Juanfran Guevara were able to mount a serious victory challenge though with Mir coolly picking off his adversaries on his way through the field.

By lap six, the Leopard rider had overhauled early leaders Bo Bendsneyder and Jorge Martin to take the lead and a succession of incidents and battles in the chasing pack allowed him to escape. Bendsneyder was responsible for one of those incidents, tailgating John McPhee at the start of lap sixteen, while Andrea Migno was another rider to hit the deck, moments after claiming second.

The race was also lit up by the sensational Jaume Masia with the 16-year-old producing one of the most impressive debuts in recent memory, rising as high as second on the Platinum Bay Real Estate KTM and smashing the lap record. Ultimately though, his inexperience showed with an error at turn three in the closing laps, ruining his podium prospects.

Through all the mayhem, Philipp Oettl took a career-best second ahead of Martin who secured a brave podium despite still suffering from the injuries sustained in Germany last month. Livio Loi capped off a superb day for Leopard in fourth ahead of Aron Canet and Fabio Di Giannantonio while the polesitter Rodrigo came home seventh, edging out Adam Norrodin and the impressive Masia.


Moto3 NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich: Result

136. Joan MirHondaLeopard Racing37:23.12425
265. Philipp OettlKTMSüdmetall Schedl GP Racing+3.04520
388. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3+3.37716
411. Livio LoiHondaLeopard Racing+3.38513
544. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+3.50211
621. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3+3.73010
719. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Racing Team+3.8049
87. Adam NorrodinHondaSIC Racing Team+4.1838
915. Jaume MasiaKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate+4.3107
1033. Enea BastianiniHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+4.8586
118. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+4.8875
1242. Marcos RamirezKTMPlatinum Bay Real Estate+5.0544
135. Romano FenatiHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers+5.0803
1458. Juanfran GuevaraKTMRBA BOE Racing Team+7.0152
1527. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia+16.2461
1695. Jules DaniloHondaMarinelli Rivacold Snipers+16.447
1714. Tony ArbolinoHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+16.449
1871. Ayumu SasakiHondaSIC Racing Team+16.653
1996. Manuel PaglianiMahindraCIP+16.673
2084. Jakub KornfeilPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+17.077
2116. Andrea MignoKTMSky Racing Team VR46+34.984
226. Maria HerreraKTMAGR Team+43.607
2313. Maximilian KoflerKTMMotorsport Kofler E.U.+57.874
244. Patrik PulkkinenPeugeotPeugeot MC Saxoprint+57.982
NC12. Marco BezzecchiMahindraCIP+1 Lap
NC75. Albert ArenasMahindraMahindra Gaviota Aspar+1 Lap
NC41. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia+1 Lap
NC17. John McPheeHondaBritish Talent Team+7 Laps
NC64. Bo BendsneyderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+8 Laps
NC23. Niccolo AntonelliKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+9 Laps
NC24. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+9 Laps
NC48. Lorenzo Dalla PortaMahindraMahindra Gaviota Aspar+21 Laps
NC18. Gabriel Martinez-AbregoKTMMotomex Team Moto3+21 Laps