Moto3 Austria, Race: Marco Bezzecchi rules at the Red Bull Ring, Bastianini and fractured Martín on podium

Marco Bezzecchi got the pole position first, and then the victory, concluding a perfect weekend in Austria. Enea Bastianini got the 2nd step on the podium, and a heroic (and fractured) Jorge Martín is 3rd.

It was an exciting Moto3 race here at the Red Bull Ring. After a great final duel, a sensational Marco Bezzecchi get the second victory of the season and of his career (now he is 12 points ahead of his main rival in the World Championship ranking). He kicked off from the pole position but had to deal with an extremely competitive Jorge Martín, incredible despite suffering from a recently-broken wrist and last week’s surgery. The Spanish rider finished the race with an amazing 3rd place, just behind Enea Bastianini. The latter performed a great comeback and managed to get the 2nd step on the podium, giving Italy a double victory.

All the riders on the front row performed a great kicked off, with Bezzecchi immediately taking the lead ahead of Arenas and Martín but with Rodrigo closely following. These four riders tried to leave a large margin from the rest of the group, led by Arbolino, and managed to obtain a more-than-one-second margin in just one lap. But this advantage didn’t last long, as the other riders worked hard to fill this time gap during the following laps. Dalla Porta registered a nice 1:36.363, a new circuit’s record, before making a mistake and losing the head of the group. He was closely followed by Bastianini (trying to make up for his terrible kick off who left him out of the top 10), Di Giannantonio, Arbolino, Rodrigo (who had lost ground) and Canet.

Four new riders took the lead of the race 14 laps before its end: Bezzecchi, Martín, Arenas and the rookie Masiá. They managed to run away, accumulating a good advantage over the rest of the group and started the final battle for the win. But Bastianini didn’t give up and reached them during the last few laps, performing an incredible comeback. Marco Bezzecchi, the KTM forerunner, eventually won the race making the Austrian firm’s fan very happy. Enea Bastianini doubled the Italian victory, winning over a heroic Jorge Martín for just 71 thousandths. Albert Arenas got the 4th place, followed by Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Jaume Masía, while Ayumu Sasaki gained a good 8th place ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo, Tony Arbolino, and Aron Canet.

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