Bezzecchi Wins in Austria to Extend Lead

by Louis Suddaby
Marco Bezzecchi - Austrian GP - Race Winner

Marco Bezzecchi underlined his Moto3 championship credentials with victory in Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix at Spielberg. The Italian converted pole position into his second career win ahead of a fast-finishing Enea Bastianini with Jorge Martin taking a heroic third place despite undergoing surgery on a broken wrist little over a week ago.

Martin’s bravery was one of the stories of the race with the Spaniard initially the sole Honda rider in a four-man leading group made up of three other KTMs, Bezzecchi, Jaume Masia and Albert Arenas. With three laps to go, Jorge even led after outbraking Bezzecchi into turn two but the championship leader powered straight back past before upping the pace to break his pursuers.

On the final lap, the leading quartet were joined by the Leopard Hondas of Enea Bastianini and Lorenzo Dalla Porta who had each set fastest laps as they towed each other forwards. An error from Arenas at turn one promoted Bastianini to fourth before the Italian followed Masia past Martin at turn six, moving him into the podium spots.

The Catalunya winner wasn’t finished there and after Masia opened the door into the final corner, Bastianini powered through to snatch second. An opportunistic Martin also took advantage to regain third and secure 16 valuable points with Masia relegated to sixth behind Arenas and Dalla Porta after Martin’s move forced him wide.

Ayumu Sasaki took a superb seventh ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo and Tony Arbolino while Aron Canet and Fabio Di Giannantonio lost crucial ground in the title chase, trailing home in tenth and eleventh respectively.

 

Moto3 eyetime Motorrad Grand Prix von Osterreich: (Result)

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime/Gap
112. Marco BezzecchiKTMRedox PruestelGP37:13.198
233. Enea BastianiniHondaLeopard Racing+0.473
388. Jorge MartinHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3+0.544
475. Albert ArenasKTMAngel Nieto Team Moto3+1.373
548. Lorenzo Dalla PortaHondaLeopard Racing+1.421
65. Jaume MasiaKTMBester Capital Dubai+1.519
771. Ayumu SasakiHondaPetronas Sprinta Racing+8.585
819. Gabriel RodrigoKTMRBA BOE Skull Rider+8.658
914. Tony ArbolinoHondaMarinelli Snipers Team+8.691
1044. Aron CanetHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+8.809
1121. Fabio Di GiannantonioHondaDel Conca Gresini Moto3+8.824
1217. John McPheeKTMCIP - Green Power+8.944
1384. Jakub KornfeilKTMRedox PruestelGP+9.671
1465. Philipp OettlKTMSudmetal Schedl GP Racing+14.685
1542. Marcos RamirezKTMBester Capital Dubai+14.697
1627. Kaito TobaHondaHonda Team Asia+19.377
177. Adam NorrodinHondaPetronas Sprinta Racing+19.419
1824. Tatsuki SuzukiHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+19.504
1940. Darryn BinderKTMRed Bull KTM Ajo+19.550
2032. Ai OguraHondaAsia Talent Team+19.602
2122. Kazuki MasakiKTMRBA BOE Skull Rider+19.706
2223. Niccolo AntonelliHondaSIC58 Squadra Corse+19.981
238. Nicolo BulegaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+23.419
2472. Alonso LopezHondaEstrella Galicia 0,0+24.056
2577. Vicente PerezKTMReale Avintia Academy 77+27.634
2610. Dennis FoggiaKTMSky Racing Team VR46+27.747
2781. Stefano NepaKTMCIP - Green Power+35.938
2841. Nakarin AtiratphuvapatHondaHonda Team Asia+46.868
2973. Maximilian KoflerKTMMotorsport Kofler+47.289
NC16. Andrea MignoKTMAngel Nieto Team Moto3+12 Laps

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