In both of the support class races the rider who was the pole-sitter converted to a win, but neither Joan Mir or Johann Zarco had things all their own way on the way to victory at the Austrian Grand Prix.
Rookie Joan Mir slid into the lead at just the right time as the riders behind remained tangled in a war for position to take his maiden win at the Moto3 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.
The Leopard Racing rider had been a constant in the lead group and it contracted and expanded, before settling on a final lead five for the closing laps. Mir ensured KTM a win on home soil for the manufacturer when he slipped past Brad Binder, who continued to fight with Enea Bastianini, leaving the Spaniard enough room to steal a gap for a decisive win.
Red Bull KTM Ajo’s championship leader extended his lead with second, nearest rivals Jorge Navarro and Romano Fenati failed to score, Navarro fell near the end of the race, while Fenati didn’t start after being suspended by his team over his conduct.
Bastianini managed to stop the KTM podium domination in third for Gresini Honda.
If he was frustrated, then Fabio Quartararo was just pain angry at being run out of the rostrum finishes, throwing his gloves as he returned to the pits on the second Leopard entry. The last of the leaders, Philipp Oettl took fifth.
Sixth went to top Mahindra Jorge Martin, ahead of the recovering Red Bull Bo Bendsneyder in seventh. Close behind them was the second Gresini of Fabio Di Giannantonio in eighth.
Nicolo Bulega was the top Sky Racing VR46 rider in ninth with RW Racing charge Livio Loi completing the top ten.
The remaining points went to Pecco Bagnaia (Aspar Mahindra) in 11th, Juanfran Guevara (RBA) in 12th , Andrea Locatelli (Leopard Racing) in 13th, Maria Herrera from 31st on the grid in 14th and Hiroki Ono (Honda Team Asia) in 15th.
Britain’s John McPhee suffered again, back in 24th for Peugeot MC Saxoprint, and behind new colleague Albert Arenas in 22nd.
The Moto2 Austrian Grand Prix saw Zarco too start from pole, but it was Franco Morbidelli who initially broke away before being caught and passed by the Ajo Motorsport rider on his way to a commanding win.
The French reigning champion too increased his lead overall and celebrated back-to-back wins with his now expected backflip, wearing lederhosen as a nod to his location.
Morbidelli fought back after Tom Luthi also passed his Estrella Gaicia 0,0 Marc VDS machine for second – a best result, with the Swiss rider then forced off the podium by the rapidly approaching yellow machine of Paginas Amarillas Hp 40 rider Alex Rins.
Also missing out in the lead group was the crestfallen, one time brief leader, Marcel Schrotter, who claimed fifth for AGR Team, his best Moto2 result. Morbidelli’s team-mate Alex Marquez also managed a seasons best sixth at the Ring.
Taka Nakagami held off Forward Racing’s Lorenzo Baldassarri on his Idemitsu machine for seventh and eighth with Axel Pons not far adrift on the other AGR entry in ninth. Dominique Aegerter held on to tenth for Interwetten.
Sandro Cortese took eleventh and Danny Kent was top Brit in twelfth after two crashes for Sam Lowes.
Pasini was next to take the chequered flag in 13th, ahead of top rookie, Kent’s leopard team-mate Miguel Oliveira. Julian Simon collected the final point for QMMF.
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