RED BULL RING - SPIELBERG. Francesco Bagnaia (SKY Racing Team VR46) maintained his 100% pole to win ratio at the eyetime Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich after a brilliant battle with main Championship rival Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) which went all the way down to the final corner, with Luca Marini (SKY Racing Team VR46) securing third place at the Red Bull Ring as Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) crashed out on the final corner on the last lap.
Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) was right in the hunt for the podium, the Italian eventually coming home fourth, with Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto3) securing his best result of the season in fifth – his third consecutive top ten.
Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) was sixth after having to drop a position for exceeding track limits, with Marcel Schrötter (Dynavolt Intact GP), Joan Mir (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Quartararo and Iker Lecuona (Swiss Innovative Investors) rounding out the top ten in Austria.
Romano Fenati (Marinelli Snipers Team) finished just outside the top 10 in 11th, with Danny Kent (+ Ego – Speed Up Racing) equaling his best result of the season in 12th. Andrea Locatelli (Italtrans Racing Team), Stefano Manzi (Forward Racing Team) and Tetsuta Nagashima (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) completing the top 15.
Lorenzo Baldassarri (Pons HP40), teammate Augusto Fernandez and Simone Corsi (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2) were involved in a crash at Turn 3 on lap 4 – riders ok.
Fabio Quartararo: 9th
“It was a difficult race because after the contact at the first corner I finished in twenty-fifth position and from there I had to give 100% to recover as many positions as possible. Too bad because we could have fought for the first 5 positions. I’m still happy with the ninth place reached, I thank my team for always being by my side!”
Andrea Locatelli: 13th
“Unlucky race. A contact with another rider in the first lap made me lose a lot of time. I tried to recover positions but a crash in front of me slowed me down. I did my best. I'm sorry because it could have been a good weekend. Now we continue to work to face next weekend in the best possible way”.
Simone Corsi: N.C.
"It's such a shame that this race has ended this way. I made a good start, the feeling with the bike was brilliant and it's been shown. I overtook several riders but at turn 2 Baldassarri slided and I can't prevent it. Anyway I look forward, because I have good sensations for the next races".
Augusto Fernandez: N.C.
"It was a shame to end a weekend that was going well, I felt very strong and good today, I did not go out badly and gradually I was recovering positions, I felt able to be with the drivers in front but with the collapse of my teammate I could not avoid going to the ground too. Above all it is a bad result for the team because in the same fall we both fell, but that's the way it is racing. Now it's time to think about Silverstone and, again, I want to thank the team because we are working very well and we are getting closer and closer to our goal".
Isaac Viñales: 23rd
"Overall, I am pleased with the first race with the team and the bike. I will certainly need some time to adapt well to the setting and driving style, but I think we can do well. We have a good starting point and from here we can work to improve."