Morbidelli Wins after Tense Battle in Austria

Franco Morbidelli - Photo Credit: Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

Franco Morbidelli bounced back from a disappointing result in Brno by winning the Austrian Grand Prix after a tense three-way battle with Alex Marquez and Thomas Luthi at the Red Bull Ring. The Italian led for much of the race before heading an Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS 1-2 to extend his championship lead over Luthi to 26 points.

Both championship contenders had qualified strongly and the value of starting on the front two rows was demonstrated by two separate pile-ups at the start. Xavi Vierge, who had started tenth, was guilty of an over-ambitious dive up the inside into turn one, skittling out Fabio Quartararo and the two Forward riders, while a similarly ill-judged manoeuvre from Andrea Locatelli further back delayed several others.

The leading trio had managed to edge away from the rest of the field although Miguel Oliveira began to emerge as a real threat around half-distance, setting a succession of fastest laps in fourth place. Unfortunately, just as KTM were starting to dream of a memorable success on home soil, Oliveira high-sided on the exit of turn eight and any hopes of a rostrum finish evaporated.

Morbidelli made no such errors out in front and once Luthi had outbraked himself into turn three with a handful of laps remaining, the two Marc VDS riders had enough breathing space to secure the team’s first 1-2 of the season. Luthi maintained third despite late pressure from Francesco Bagnaia and polesitter Mattia Pasini while Takaaki Nakagami grabbed sixth ahead of the sole remaining KTM of Brad Binder.

Jorge Navarro’s strong run of form continued in eighth with Dominique Aegerter the only Suter rider to score points in ninth, just in front of Hafizh Syahrin’s Petronas Raceline Kalex.


Moto2 NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich: Result

121. Franco MorbidelliKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS37:39.37025
273. Alex MarquezKalexEG 0,0 Marc VDS+1.31220
312. Thomas LuthiKalexCarXpert Interwetten+2.54416
442. Francesco BagnaiaKalexSky Racing Team VR46+3.07013
554. Mattia PasiniKalexItaltrans Racing Team+3.74511
630. Takaaki NakagamiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+8.82710
741. Brad BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+9.0189
89. Jorge NavarroKalexFederal Oil Gresini Moto2+13.6928
977. Dominique AegerterSuterKiefer Racing+14.9557
1055. Hafizh SyahrinKalexPetronas Raceline Malaysia+18.9976
1124. Simone CorsiSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+21.8875
1245. Tetsuta NagashimaKalexTeluru SAG Team+22.0284
1349. Axel PonsKalexRW Racing GP+23.0083
1457. Edgar PonsKalexPons HP 40+23.2902
1587. Remy GardnerTech 3Tech 3 Racing+25.1281
1637. Augusto FernandezSpeed UpSpeed Up Racing+33.460
1789. Khairul Idham PawiKalexIdemitsu Honda Team Asia+33.931
182. Jesko RaffinKalexCarXpert Interwetten+40.110
1920. Joe RobertsKalexAGR Team+43.888
206. Tarran MackenzieSuterKiefer Racing+46.097
2127. Iker LecuonaKalexGarage Plus Interwetten+2 Laps
NC44. Miguel OliveiraKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+5 Laps
NC62. Stefano ManziKalexSky Racing Team VR46+12 Laps
NC5. Andrea LocatelliKalexItaltrans Racing Team+13 Laps
NC32. Isaac VinalesKalexBE-A-VIP SAG Team+14 Laps
NC97. Xavi ViergeTech 3Tech 3 Racing+24 Laps
NC19. Xavier SimeonKalexTasca Racing Scuderia Moto2+24 Laps
NC40. Fabio QuartararoKalexPons HP 40+24 Laps
NC11. Sandro CorteseSuterDynavolt Intact GP+25 Laps
NC7. Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexForward Team+25 Laps
NC10. Luca MariniKalexForward Team+25 Laps
NS52. Danny KentSuterDynavolt Intact GPInjured