MotoGP Race And Practice Results

2021 Austria Moto3 FP1 Result: Binder In The Limelight

It was a sunny start to the second weekend in Austria and much like the headlines late on Thursday, the Petronas Sprinta team held top spot on the timesheets for a considerable amount of time in FP1. Darryn Binder was the lead protagonist, the South African leading the way early on and then picking it up again at the end of the time attack, to finish one tenth of a second ahead of Romano Fenati. The Italian was one of several KTM and KTM-adjacent riders debuting a carbon rear wheel cover, together with championship leader Pedro Acosta, who finished third in the session.

Last week’s poleman, Deniz Öncü, started the day in fourth, with rookie Izan Guevara joining the top five, less than two tenths behind the leader. Stefano Nepa and Dennis Foggia were barely two hundredths of a second behind the Spaniard, with Sergio Garcia, John McPhee and Ayumu Sasaki rounding out the top 10 positions, covered by four tenths of a second.

Yuki Kunii, Gabriel Rodrigo, Jaume Masia and Jeremy Alcoba completed the top 14 positions, with the likes of Kaito Toba, Andrea Migno or Tatsuki Suzuki still having plenty of time to change the hierarchy. One man who won’t have that opportunity is Xavi Artigas, the rookie stuck in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'36.215    
2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'36.320 0.105 0.105
3 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'36.333 0.118 0.013
4 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'36.399 0.184 0.066
5 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'36.413 0.198 0.014
6 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'36.416 0.201 0.003
7 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'36.429 0.214 0.013
8 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'36.535 0.320 0.106
9 17 John McPhee Honda 1'36.606 0.391 0.071
10 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'36.620 0.405 0.014
11 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'36.659 0.444 0.039
12 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'36.679 0.464 0.020
13 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'36.709 0.494 0.030
14 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'36.897 0.682 0.188
15 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'36.961 0.746 0.064
16 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'37.105 0.890 0.144
17 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'37.195 0.980 0.090
18 12 Filip Salac KTM 1'37.204 0.989 0.009
19 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'37.229 1.014 0.025
20 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'37.317 1.102 0.088
21 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'37.329 1.114 0.012
22 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'37.342 1.127 0.013
23 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'37.431 1.216 0.089
24 38 David Salvador Honda 1'37.517 1.302 0.086
25 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'37.528 1.313 0.011
26 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'37.620 1.405 0.092
27 22 Elia Bartolini KTM 1'40.680 4.465 3.060
Round Number: 
11
2021
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2021 Styria MotoGP Race Result: The Bull Was Particularly Red

The dry race announcement board looked quite comforting while shown at the front of the MotoGP grid, as long as you didn’t glance at the scarily unreliable forecast, but it turned out that the reason for yet another red flag in Austria wasn’t the weather. It was the exit of turn three, the scene of many overtakes on Sunday afternoon, but on this unfortunate occasion, Lorenzo Savadori hit Dani Pedrosa’s fallen machine on lap 3 and while both riders walked away somewhat gingerly, the KTM-Aprilia fireball led to a lengthy clean-up operation and a new 27-lap race from original grid positions. That gave Jorge Martin another shot to defend the lead from pole after Pecco Bagnaia robbed him the first time around, but the likes of Joan Mir, Marc Marquez, Maverick Viñales and Alex Rins would have been less thrilled to have to replicate their fast starts for a second time.

With rain now a distant memory, the new race got underway over half an hour later and Martin made a perfect start to keep the lead from Jack Miller and Mir, closely followed by Bagnaia, Fabio Quartararo and Johann Zarco. Alex Marquez and Alex Rins also made rapid starts to join the top 8 positions, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami. After a bruising tangle in the first start, Marc Marquez and Aleix Espargaro met once again in turn 1, this time because they were running out of room on the outside of Quartararo, and both Spaniards lost significant ground, Marquez to the bottom of the top 10 and Espargaro another handful of places back. The Honda man continued his drop down the timesheets after going wide at turn 1 on lap 2 and had to mount a comeback from 14th position, in between his current teammate and former teammate. Still, Marquez had less to be worried about than compatriot Viñales, who stalled his bike on the grid and had to start from pitlane.

Back on track, Miller was soon challenging Martin to lead the way by the end of the second lap and carried on for the next couple of laps, with only Martin, Mir, Quartararo and Zarco able to keep up with him, while Alex Marquez dropped one second back and was fending off teammate Nakagami. Bagnaia mysteriously dropped to 8th and was in the lead of a sizeable group including Rins, the factory KTMs, factory Hondas and bunch of other riders.

Martin resumed control of proceedings on lap 4 and Mir also took advantage to demote Miller to third, the exchange allowing the LCR boys to join the lead group and briefly make it a 7-man battle. One second behind, Bagnaia was fading and a fast-starting Brad Binder took control of the chasers ahead of Rins and Miguel Oliveira. Bagnaia soon dropped outside the top 10 and ahead of an unlikely battle between Marc Marquez and Iker Lecuona, the Tech 3 rider making life difficult for his compatriot. Meanwhile, Viñales had caught up with the back of the field by lap 7 but his recovery didn’t take him very far.

11 seconds ahead of the Yamaha rider and the 13 black cats that crossed his path, Martin and Mir were extending a gap on the rest of the group and it forced Quartararo’s hand to get past the Ducatis of Miller and Zarco to try to reduce the one second advantage of the leaders. Behind the top five, the LCR friendly fire was dropping both Marquez and Nakagami out of contention and within reach of the next group down the road. Rins was pushing hard to catch up with the Hondas and bringing the factory KTMs with him, while Marc Marquez finally managed to ditch Lecuona but was struggling to find a way past Bagnaia to claim 11th position.

By lap 10, it seemed like Martin and Mir had a little extra on the chasing group led by Quartararo and slightly increased their gap to almost two seconds. In the rush to defend his position, Martin was taking some liberties with track limits, but then again, it was a track limits warning bonanza out there. In the battle for third, Miller kept close to Quartararo but did not show him a wheel just yet, the duo dropping Zarco one second behind. The Frenchman had no immediate reason to worry as the LCR riders were another two seconds back and under threat from Rins and Binder. After the initial stumble, Marc Marquez managed to keep it within the lines and joined the top 10 with 15 laps to go, but two seconds behind Binder.

Leader Martin joined the lengthy list of track limit warnings with 11 laps remaining, adding to the pressure already exerted by Mir right behind him. If he could feel that pressure, he did not show it, as the Pramac rider soon extended the gap to Mir to the biggest it had been, eight tenths of a second. The pressure of the podium battle did catch out Miller at turn 7 and the Ducati man abandoned the race from fourth with 10 laps to go, leaving Quartararo in a rather lonely third. Zarco and Nakagami also did not face an immediate threat in the top 5, although Rins and Binder were still hoping to catch up with them. Three seconds down the road, Marc Marquez got ahead of his brother, with Bagnaia closing the top 10 as the sole factory Ducati left in battle.

With nearly identical lap times posted by the two leaders, Mir was the first to blink with six laps remaining, when a mistake at turn 3 dropped him one second back on the leader and with little time to recover. Despite getting a bit of a breather, Martin continued to post red sector times and Mir looked like he threw in the towel for the final couple of laps.

Martin started the final lap one second and a half ahead of Mir and managed the gap expertly to secure his maiden MotoGP victory. The rookie did so in fine fashion, awarding Pramac Racing their maiden victory in the premier class with a faultless display from pole and resisting serious pressure from the reigning world champion, all after a lengthy recovery from injury. Mir seemed happy enough with second position, turning his best qualifying of the season into a fourth podium of the year. Quartararo took the flag eight seconds later to secure the final podium position and extended his championship lead by finishing well ahead of his main rivals.

Was it not for Martin’s masterful display, Binder was a strong contender for rider of the day, the KTM man having started 16th on the grid and finishing fourth after last lap overtakes on both Nakagami and Zarco. It proved particularly costly for the Frenchman, whose sixth-place finish cost him a few more points in the championship battle. Rins got distanced from the top 6 in the closing stages, but it was still a solid race from 13 on the grid, while Marc Marquez might be a little disappointed with eighth position after looking like a threat for victory before the red flag. A post-race 3-second penalty for Bagnaia for exceeding track limits handed the final top 10 positions to Alex Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, the KTM test rider turning things around after a tough start to his Sunday. Meanwhile, Viñales spent most of the race at the back of the field and retreated to the pits on the very last lap.

The second biggest winner of Sunday afternoon was Quartararo, the Yamaha man ending the first outing in Austria 40 points ahead of compatriot Zarco and with Mir climbing into third, 51 points behind. Bagnaia’s rollercoaster day dropped him to fourth, 58 points back, ahead of teammate Miller, with a 72 point deficit.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 38'07.879
2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki +1.548
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha +9.632
4 33 Brad Binder KTM +12.771
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda +12.923
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati +13.031
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki +14.839
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda +17.953
9 73 Alex Marquez Honda +19.059
10 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM +19.389
11 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati +21.667
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati +25.267
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha +26.282
14 10 Luca Marini Ducati +27.492
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM +31.076
16 44 Pol Espargaro Honda +31.150
17 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha +40.408
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM +48.114
  12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha +1'03.149
Not Classified
  43 Jack Miller Ducati 9 Laps
  88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 13 Laps
  41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 23 Laps
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  32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 0 Lap
Round Number: 
10
2021
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2021 Most World Superbike Race Two Result: Most Excellent

In the last twenty two laps of the weekend, Jonathan Rea is the only rider in the top ten using the SC0 harder tyre, with everyone else using the SCX Superpole Race tyre.

Toprak Razgatlioglu was joined by Andrea Locatelli into turn one, ahead of Scott Redding and Jonathan Rea as there was a pile up near the back of the pack, with Axel Bassani and Alessandro Delbianco crashing out. After one lap, Alex Lowes, Tom Sykes, Leon Haslam and Michael Ruben Rinaldi rounded out the leading pack behind the leading four riders.

Toprak Razgatlioglu set the fastest lap in the lead as Tom Sykes dropped off the leading group of five while Scott Redding tried time after time to pass Locatelli's Yamaha. Scott Redding set the fastest lap and took second place from Locatelli as he closed on Razgatlioglu. Razgatlioglu and Redding both set the fastest lap, seven thousandths of a second apart on track, as Scott Redding tried unsuccessfully to outbreak Toprak Razgatlioglu into turn one. Redding swept past him a few turns later to take the lead. The leading five were covered by two seconds six laps in.

At the start of lap seven, Jonathan Rea lost touch with the leading trio of Redding, Razgatlioglu and Locatelli. Rea had his Kawasaki teammate Alex Lowes behind him with Tom Sykes and Leon Haslam over three seconds further back. Scott Redding and Toprak Razgatlioglu stretched out the gaps at the front as Locatelli couldn't maintain their pace. Jonathan Rea started closing on Locatelli, lapping a third of a second quicker than the Yamaha in front of him. 

Throughout lap nine, Jonathan Rea closed turn by turn on Andrea Locatelli, pulling alongside out of turn nineteen and pushing under into turn twenty, holding a fast wide line through the last corner to take third place, over two seconds behind Scott Redding and Toprak Razgatlioglu. Scott Redding, over a second clear of Razgatlioglu, set the fastest lap again as his front wheel skipped across the asphalt in conflict with his Ducati's electronics. 

Further back, Michael van der Mark joined in the fight for sixth, with Tom Sykes, Leon Haslam, Michael Ruben Rinaldi and Garrett Gerloff all trying to assert their right to the lead of the pack. 

Past the halfway mark, Scott Redding had around a second clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu, but the pair were lapping around the same pace, over four seconds ahead of Jonathan Rea and Andrea Locatelli. Alex Lowes was midway between Locatelli and Tom Sykes et al, three seconds clear in front and behind. Scott Redding and Toprak Razgatlioglu were around three quarters of a second quicker than anyone else, lap after lap, as they kept an unassailable lead over Rea in third place. 

Meanwhile, the fight for sixth raged on.

Michael Ruben Rinaldi, sixteen seconds off his Ducati teammate, led the two BMWs of Tom Sykes and Michael van der Mark with Garrett Gerloff in touch behind them as Leon Haslam fell off the back of the fight.

Scott Redding started the last four laps with over a second and a half lead over Toprak Razgatlioglu with Jonathan Rea seven seconds further back. Andrea Locatelli lost touch with Rea but was safely in fourth place with Alex Lowes over five seconds behind. Scott Redding in the lead was still struggling with keeping his front wheel on the track in lower gears, as the wheelie control looked like it had one or two degrees of freedom under hard acceleration. Redding's lead was almost four seconds with two laps left with Rea four more seconds further back. Michael Ruben Rinaldi had dragged the brawling mass with him as he caught Alex Lowes and started formulating a passing plan. Michael Ruben Rinaldi passed Alex Lowes for fifth place, throwing him into the fight between Michael van der Mark and Garrett Gerloff. 

Scott Redding won convincingly, over three seconds clear of Toprak Razgatlioglu with Jonathan Rea nine seconds further back. Andrea Locatelli held on to fourth with Michael Ruben Rinaldi, Alex Lowes, Michael van der Mark and Garrett Gerloff took fifth to eighth, under half a second covering the four riders. 

Scott Redding's win puts him within fifty points of Jonathan Rea and forty seven from Toprak Razgatlioglu who closed to within three of the championship leader. Alex Lowes maintained his fourth place, but has five riders within thirty points of him. 

Scott Redding apologised for his remarks yesterday and said he'd rather make his point on the track. Redding also made a point on the podium by dropping to one slider and proposing to his girlfriend.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R  
2 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1 3.587
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 12.460
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 15.206
5 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 19.479
6 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 19.901
7 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 20.034
8 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 20.250
9 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 24.043
10 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 25.257
11 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 29.203
12 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 38.396
13 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 41.674
14 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 45.843
15 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 54.144
16 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 54.354
17 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'05.085
18 98 K. HANIKA Yamaha YZF R1 1'08.662
19 17 M. FRITZ Yamaha YZF R1 1'12.286
20 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1'12.374
21 14 J. URIBE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1 Lap
RET 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R  
RET 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000 RR-R  
Round Number: 
6
2021
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2021 Most World Supersport Race Two Result: Close Racing, No Red Flags

Nineteen laps of a dry track would determine the victor, with no red flags this time out.

Philipp Oettl got the drop on the field as Manuel Gonzales missed turn one and took to the escape road. Dominique Aegerter, Can Oncu and Federico Caricasulo sitting behind the leader. Aegerter took the lead into turn twenty, the penultimate turn, and held the lead in spite of Oettl's attempts to take the lead into turn one.

Further back, Kevin Manfredi and Jules Cluzel had a coming together, Manfredi barreling into Cluzel, carving a straight line through Cluzel's bike into the gravel trap of turn one. Cluzel took umbrage and took his frustrations out on Manfredi as the pair discussed the issue in the gravel trap.

Dominique Aegerter set the fastest lap on lap three, leading Philipp Oettl, Manuel Gonzalez and Luca Bernardi with Federico Caricasulo and Can Oncu behind them, but Manuel Gonzalez in third place set the fastest lap on lap four and immediately passed Philipp Oettl to take second. A lap later and Gonzalez set the fastest lap again and fought Aegerter for the lead, the pair side by side through chicanes, swapping the lead back and forth as they started the sixth lap.

Manuel Gonzalez passed Dominique Aegerter down the straight, but Aegerter placed himself so Gonzalez had to pass on the left, entering turn one on the outside and conceding the challenge for the lead. Behind him, Luca Bernardi made a hard pass into turn. One to take third from Philipp Oettl, the leading four clear of fifth-placed Steven Odendaal and Federico Caricasulo. 

At half race distance, Dominique Aegerter had a fraction of a lead over Manuel Gonzalez, Luca Bernardi and Philipp Oettl with Steven Odendaal breaking away from Federico Caricasulo to round out the leading group to five bikes, four Yamahas and a Kawasaki.

Dominique Aegerter set a personal best on lap nine, trying to escape at the front, and Luca Bernardi couldn't keep up with Aegerter and Gonzalez, running off into the turn one escape road, dropping to fifth place behind Steven Odendaal and Philipp Oettl. Shortly after, Federico Caricasulo caught and passed Bernardi with Valentin Debise right behind the pair smelling blood.

Eleven laps in, Dominique Aegerter and Manuel Gonzalez had the fight for the lead to themselves, with Steven Odendaal losing touch with the leaders. Philipp Oettl was a second further back in fourth place, two seconds ahead of Federico Caricasulo, Luca Bernardi and Valentin Debise. Dominique Aegerter dropped the pace on lap twelve, allowing Odendaal to bridge the gap and once more feel hope. 

The leading trio were riding a pace determined by the leader, Dominique Aegerter setting another personal best lap after slowing enough to let Odendaal catch Gonzalez. With five laps to go, the leading trip were covered by half a second and Aegerter was controlling the pace, with the leading trio consistently faster than anyone else on track, but at the start of lap sixteen, only two tenths covered the leading trio with Philipp Oettl over three seconds behind. Two seconds behind Oettl, Luca Bernardi recovered fifth place, with Valentin Debise and Federico Caricasulo having to fight over sixth place. 

At the start of lap seventeen, Aegerter had set another personal best lap, a quarter of a second quicker than the bikes behind his Yamaha, and he started to break free of the riders behind him. Steven Odendaal snuck past Manuel Gonzalez, but had a three quarters of a second gap to Aegerter up front. 

At the start of the last lap, Dominique Aegerter was out of range of Steven Odendaal in second place but Manuel Gonzalez was all over Odendaal, nipping at his heels to try to steal second place, but Odendaal kept to the apexes of the last two turns, not giving Gonzalez a gap to wedge himself into. Philipp Oettl held onto fourth place six seconds behind the fight, with two tenths of a second covering Luca Bernardi, Federico Caricasulo and Valentin Debise a second behind. 

Dominique Aegerter extends his lead in the championship to thirty seven points over Steven Odendaal with Philipp Oettl a further thirty three points behind. Manuel Gonzalez climbed past Luca Bernardi, leading him by only 2 points after this weekend.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 77 D. AEGERTER Yamaha YZF R6  
2 4 S. ODENDAAL Yamaha YZF R6 1.064
3 81 M. GONZALEZ Yamaha YZF R6 0.102
4 5 P. OETTL Kawasaki ZX-6R 6.137
6 94 F. CARICASULO Yamaha YZF R6 8.536
7 53 V. DEBISE Yamaha YZF R6 8.646
8 66 N. TUULI MV Agusta F3 675 9.513
9 61 C. ONCU Kawasaki ZX-6R 2.571
10 3 R. DE ROSA Kawasaki ZX-6R 12.841
11 51 M. ENDERLEIN Yamaha YZF R6 28.337
12 25 M. BRENNER Yamaha YZF R6 30.592
13 43 L. GRUNWALD Suzuki GSX-R600 39.474
14 50 O. VOSTATEK Yamaha YZF R6 39.536
15 32 S. MORAIS Yamaha YZF R6 39.555
16 42 S. FROSSARD Yamaha YZF R6 41.082
17 22 F. FULIGNI Yamaha YZF R6 42.795
18 56 P. SEBESTYEN Yamaha YZF R6 2.099
19 11 L. OTTAVIANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 5.118
20 99 D. WEBB Yamaha YZF R6 55.157
21 69 E. MONTERO HUERTA Yamaha YZF R6 1'32.618
22 19 P. SZKOPEK Yamaha YZF R6 4 Laps
RET 18 26 M. VUGRINEC 16 1'36.970
RET 10 J. MRKYVKA Yamaha YZF R6 8 Laps
RET 21 R. KRUMMENACHER Yamaha YZF R6 9 Laps
RET 84 M. FABRIZIO Kawasaki ZX-6R 11 Laps
RET 2 L. MONTELLA Yamaha YZF R6 17 Laps
RET 16 J. CLUZEL Yamaha YZF R6 18 Laps
RET 34 K. MANFREDI Yamaha YZF R6 18 Laps
RET 24 L. TACCINI Kawasaki ZX-6R  
RET 95 V. TAKALA Yamaha YZF R6  
Round Number: 
6
2021
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2021 Styria Moto2 Race Result: It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over

There were fewer questions about track conditions and tyre choices for the intermediate class race, given that the racing line was mostly dry, although surrounded by damp patches. However, that did not make the race any less eventful and Marco Bezzecchi was able to secure his first victory of the season and climb on a podium that surprisingly did not feature either of the Red Bull KTM Ajo boys. Almost as happy to be in parc fermé as the victor were Aron Canet and Augusto Fernandez, who completed the podium positions with a lot of speed and a bit of luck.

The home race started pretty well for KTM, with Remy Gardner nailing the launch off the line but Bezzecchi found the inside at turn 1 and the Australian attempting to retaliate at turn 3 cost him another position, inviting teammate Raul Fernandez to claim second. The rookie didn’t get to enjoy it for long though, as Gardner reclaimed the position next time around turn 3, leaving Fernandez under pressure from Canet. Ai Ogura and Sam Lowes were about a second behind and within reach of a sizeable group led by Augusto Fernandez.

Bezzecchi continued untroubled at the front, with Gardner biding his time right behind him, but Canet was on a charge and demoted Raul Fernandez to chase the two leaders by lap 4. The exchange allowed Lowes to get closer and starting to match the rapid pace of the men ahead. The gap was reducing but mostly due to Raul Fernandez slowing down rather than the Brit speeding up.

Canet was less patient than Gardner and took advantage of a mistake from Bezzecchi at turn 1, which allowed the Spaniard to take the lead on lap 7 and dropped the Italian to third. He didn’t enjoy the limelight for too long, however, as Gardner went past at turn 9 and started to push at the front, only Canet seemingly able to keep up at that stage. While Bezzecchi dropped almost a second behind, Raul Fernandez ran very wide out of turn 9 and dropped down to 7th position, behind Lowes and Augusto Fernandez and four seconds off the lead.

Meanwhile, teammate Gardner was the fastest man on track, keeping Canet half a second back and Bezzecchi another seven tenths behind. One second kept Ogura away from the podium positions and the rookie had stretched a bit of a gap over the Marc VDS battle for fifth, where Fernandez got ahead of Lowes on lap 11. The other Fernandez could not bridge the gap to that fight and was left to defend sixth place from Hector Garzo and Somkiat Chantra.

Back at the front, Canet struggled to reel in Gardner but the threat was getting closer from behind, with Bezzecchi and Ogura tagging along to form the chasing group, two seconds ahead of the Marc VDS machines. Bezzecchi made his move for second at turn 1 with 11 laps to go and although Canet could not retaliate, he kept close to the Italian, who started to close the gap on the runaway leader to half a second once more. Despite a track limits warning for Ogura, the rookie was looking for a way past Canet to join the podium positions, but the Spaniard did not make it easy. Two seconds behind, Augusto Fernandez enjoyed a lonely ride to fifth, after teammate Lowes made a mistake and dropped to ninth, at the back of a feisty group including Raul Fernandez, Chantra, Garzo and Xavi Vierge. His recovery mission became slightly easier when Garzo crashed out at turn 4 with 8 laps to go, but Lowes could not recover and almost dropped out of point-scoring positions in the final few laps.

As the race entered the final seven laps, Bezzecchi attacked for the lead into turn 1 and although Gardner took advantage of the Italian running wide at turn 3, Bezzecchi fought straight back at turn 4 to lead proceedings. Although the battle between Ogura and Canet had dropped them about a second behind the two leaders, once the rookie settled that dispute, he managed to steadily reduce the gap to the leaders and suddenly found himself in second position after Gardner got unsettled at turn 4 with 6 laps remaining. That dropped Gardner down to 5th position, four seconds ahead of his teammate.

Ogura got very close to challenge for victory but was immediately given a long lap penalty for exceeding track limits. Once that was served, luck swung back in Gardner’s favour, promoting the championship leader to fourth, but almost two seconds off the final podium position inherited by Augusto Fernandez. Over two seconds in front of the Spaniard, the battle for victory was unfolding between Bezzecchi and Canet, but the SKY Racing rider had a little extra speed and extended a safe gap going into the final lap.

Bezzecchi took the checkered flag one second ahead of Canet, with Augusto Fernandez completing the podium and Gardner settling for fourth. Ogura secured fifth in style, with the fastest lap on the final lap of the race and was able to keep fourth despite a three second penalty for crossing the white line while serving his long lap penalty. Although we’ve barely seen him during the race, Celestino Vietti was one of the stars of the Styrian GP, the Italian going from 19th on the grid to steal sixth place from Raul Fernandez on the final lap and score his best result of the year. Chantra, Vierge and Marcel Schrotter rounded out the top 10 positions, with Lowes dropping to 14th.

Despite a strange day for both Red Bull KTM Ajo boys, Gardner extends his lead in the world championship to 35 points over Raul Fernandez, while Bezzecchi gets closer, with a 44 point deficit.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 37'29.460
2 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro +1.171
3 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +3.260
4 87 Remy Gardner Kalex +3.856
5 79 Ai Ogura Kalex +6.922
6 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex +9.390
7 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex +9.590
8 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +12.217
9 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex +12.747
10 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +12.874
11 96 Jake Dixon Kalex +13.532
12 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex +14.071
13 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex +14.197
14 22 Sam Lowes Kalex +14.536
15 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro +18.616
16 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex +19.378
17 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex +19.660
18 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex +22.467
19 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex +22.762
20 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro +25.267
21 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta +30.121
22 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex +37.544
23 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex +38.095
24 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro +39.007
25 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 2 Laps
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  6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 6 Laps
  40 Hector Garzo Kalex 8 Laps
  55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 16 Laps
  16 Joe Roberts Kalex 16 Laps
  70 Barry Baltus NTS 24 Laps
Round Number: 
10
2021
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2021 Styria Moto3 Race Result: No Rest For the Wicked

Given the rainy start to Sunday morning in Spielberg, it was no surprise that a wet race was declared for the lightweight class but raindrops kept away for long enough to tempt some tyre changes on the grid. The consequence was drama from start to finish, starting with poleman Deniz Öncü making a late call for slicks that cost him a back of the grid start and ending with rookie sensation Pedro Acosta securing his fifth victory of the season and KTM’s first of the day on home soil, after a race-long battle with his main rival in the championship. Sergio Garcia spent the most time at the front of proceedings and miraculously kept second despite losing the front at turn 9 on the final lap, showing the strength of the two leaders, who had stretched such a significant gap that the GASGAS rider was able to rejoin without losing positions. Romano Fenati started the race in the top three and ended it there, after a late battle with Jaume Masia.

Fenati had made an excellent start to lead the way into turn one from Garcia and Acosta and that leading trio quickly extended a gap on the chasers on the first lap. Garcia demoted Fenati to lead at the start of lap 2 and Fenati was immediately under pressure from Acosta, but the leaders’ gap increased to almost two seconds by the end of that lap.

Acosta picked up the lead from Garcia for the first time at turn 3 on lap 3 and the two Spaniards were attempting to put some room in between themselves and Fenati. While the leaders swapped places on the next couple of laps, Fenati dropped one second back and trying to keep a gap to the pursuers led by Masia and Ayumu Sasaki. Meanwhile, the fastest of the men on slick tyres was Darryn Binder in 17th place, 16 seconds off the lead and getting steadily quicker, but the lot of them seemed to struggle to keep within track limits early on.

Garcia continued to lead the way from Acosta for the next handful of laps, with Fenati dropping almost four seconds behind by lap 8 and into the clutches of Masia, Sasaki and Maximilian Kofler but, in the tricky conditions, no one seemed too eager to attack for the final podium position just yet. 20 seconds down the road, Binder had joined the point scoring positions by the halfway mark of the race.

Although Garcia continued to roll out red sector times up front, Acosta looked comfortable matching his pace and bided his time behind his compatriot, while the dry line was getting slightly wider with every lap. Acosta finally made his favourite move at turn 3 with 11 laps remaining, with teammate Masia replicating that move 9 seconds later, to take third from Fenati. While the more experienced Spaniard held onto his position, Garcia deposed Acosta once more at turn 9. Status quo was maintained over the next few laps, the only difference being that Masia was stretching a gap over his challengers for third. Despite the ever darker clouds surrounding the Red Bull Ring, Binder got quicker as the dry line got wider, the South African joining the top 10 with 7 laps remaining and starting to match the pace of the leaders, albeit 24 seconds behind them. However, the rest of the men on slicks were either slow to progress into point-scoring positions, like John McPhee and Gabriel Rodrigo, or joined the gravel like Andi Farid Izdihar.

Back at the front, Acosta gave it another go at the lead at his beloved turn 3 with 6 laps and then with 2 laps to go, but Garcia retaliated straight back to start the final lap in the lead. Acosta took advance of his last opportunity and was not shy the next time around turn 1 but got a taste of his own medicine with Garcia pulling off a block pass at turn 3, sending Acosta well wide. That was nowhere near the end of the story, as Acosta attacked one final time at turn 9 and Garcia immediately lost the front, but sliding down the tarmac did not see him sliding down the timesheets, as the Spaniard was able to quickly rejoin and keep second position.

Meanwhile, Fenati had found a couple of seconds to catch up with Masia in the closing stages and stole third at the line, pushing the Spaniard off the podium. Sasaki added a third KTM to the top five, while Binder climbed as high as he could, up to sixth for the final three laps. Ryusei Yamanaka, Yuki Kunii, Kofler and Adrian Fernandez rounded out the top 10.

Acosta’s hard-fought victory extends his lead in the world championship to 53 points over Garcia. Fenati’s late charge promoted him to third, 87 points off the lead and 10 ahead of compatriot Dennis Foggia, who had an underwhelming race down in 22nd position, just behind the poleman.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time/Diff
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 39'45.869
2 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS +14.431
3 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna +15.410
4 5 Jaume Masia KTM +15.510
5 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM +18.847
6 40 Darryn Binder Honda +20.534
7 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM +30.080
8 92 Yuki Kunii Honda +30.174
9 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM +30.245
10 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna +36.355
11 12 Filip Salac KTM +36.437
12 27 Kaito Toba KTM +36.659
13 17 John McPhee Honda +36.665
14 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS +37.514
15 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda +37.918
16 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda +47.645
17 16 Andrea Migno Honda +52.877
18 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda +53.006
19 82 Stefano Nepa KTM +55.944
20 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda +1'06.540
21 53 Deniz Öncü KTM +1'12.291
22 7 Dennis Foggia Honda +1'22.638
23 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM +1'31.488
Not Classified
  38 David Salvador Honda 9 Laps
  19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 11 Laps
Not Starting
  99 Carlos Tatay KTM 0 Lap
Round Number: 
10
2021
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2021 Most World Superbike Superpole Race Result: Cold But Dry

After the drama of yesterday, the riders lined up to continue their battles and redeem their mistakes. After overnight rain, the ten laps of the newly added Czech circuit were on a lower temperature track than yesterday with everyone on the SCX sprint tyre. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu led Jonathan Rea and Andrea Locatelli with Scott Redding making a bad start but taking fourth on the outside of turn two. Tom Sykes and Garrett Gerloff rounded out the top six on the first lap. 

On lap two, Scott Redding squirmed into second place on the brakes into turn one as Jonathan Rea looked for ways to pass Toprak Razgatlioglu who set the fastest lap. Scott Redding struggled to keep up the pace of the leading two and sat a second behind Jonathan Rea's second place as Rea bettered the fastest lap on lap three. Andrea Locatelli on Redding's tail was almost two seconds clear of fifth-placed Tom Sykes but he lost touch with Scott Redding who matched the pace of the two riders in front of him.

Half way through the race, five of ten laps completed, Toprak Razgatlioglu held the lead over Jonathan Rea as Scott Redding was less than a second behind, matching the pace of the leading two. Almost two seconds behind, Andrea Locatelli had the track to himself, two and a half seconds clear of the fight over fifth place comprising of Tom Sykes, Axel Bassani, Alex Lowes and Garrett Gerloff. 

With the leading trio almost a second quicker than the rest of the field, the podium was set, as long as everyone finished, but Rea ran too hard into turn one, the site of his first crash yesterday, and as he bounced the rear and smoked his right boot on the track as an anchor, he had to take the slip road to avoid hitting Razgatlioglu. Rea lost over a second in his detour and rejoined directly in front of Scott Redding. 

Toprak Razgatlioglu had a lead of a second and a half heading into the last couple of laps as Jonathan Rea dealt with a hungry Scott Redding who was looking for a second place finish, trying to pass into turns twenty and twenty one. Redding clawed his way past Rea down the straight and took second place into turn first turn. Redding's tyre let him string together a good series of turns to escape from Rea and cut into Razgatlioglu's lead, but there weren't enough turns for him to catch the leading Yamaha.

Toprak Razgatlioglu took his second win of the weekend under half a second from Scott Redding with Jonathan Rea almost a second behind. Andrea Locatelli took fourth place over four seconds further behind. Jonathan Rea celebrated his 200th podium with balloons as Scott Redding shook hands with Razgatlioglu and Keenan Sofuoglu in Parc Fermé. 

With a Superpole race win, Toprak Razgatlioglu closed up the championship to just seven points from Jonathan Rea. Scott Redding's gap to Razgatlioglu may have increased to fifty two points, but his distance to the top dropped to fifty nine points. Andrea Locatelli's fourth place pushed him past Michael van der Mark to eighth place, five points off Tom Sykes and ten from Garrett Gerloff. 

The front row in the final race of the weekend will be the same three riders as yesterday's race, only in a different order, with the second row following suit, led this time by Andrea Locatelli. 

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap
1 54 T. RAZGATLIOGLU Yamaha YZF R1  
2 45 S. REDDING Ducati Panigale V4 R 0.496
3 1 J. REA Kawasaki ZX-10RR 1.384
4 55 A. LOCATELLI Yamaha YZF R1 4.381
5 66 T. SYKES BMW M 1000 RR 8.694
6 31 G. GERLOFF Yamaha YZF R1 9.306
7 22 A. LOWES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 10.152
8 47 A. BASSANI Ducati Panigale V4 R 11.216
9 19 A. BAUTISTA Honda CBR1000 RR-R 11.514
10 21 M. RINALDI Ducati Panigale V4 R 0.830
11 60 M. VAN DER MARK BMW M 1000 RR 12.518
12 17 M. FRITZ Yamaha YZF R1 14.342
13 91 L. HASLAM Honda CBR1000 RR-R 15.591
14 7 C. DAVIES Ducati Panigale V4 R 22.917
15 3 K. NOZANE Yamaha YZF R1 24.924
16 23 C. PONSSON Yamaha YZF R1 30.155
17 32 I. VINALES Kawasaki ZX-10RR 30.249
18 94 J. FOLGER BMW M 1000 RR 30.804
19 84 L. CRESSON Kawasaki ZX-10RR 37.768
20 14 J. URIBE Kawasaki ZX-10RR 52.907
RET 52 A. DELBIANCO Honda CBR1000 RR-R 8
RET 53 T. RABAT Ducati Panigale V4 R 8
RET 98 K. HANIKA Yamaha YZF R1 3
Round Number: 
6
2021
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2021 Styria MotoGP Warm Up Result: Marquez Reigns In The Wet

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 93 Marc Marquez Honda 1'31.403    
2 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'31.451 0.048 0.048
3 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'31.662 0.259 0.211
4 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'31.695 0.292 0.033
5 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 1'31.892 0.489 0.197
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'32.514 1.111 0.622
7 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 1'32.518 1.115 0.004
8 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'32.628 1.225 0.110
9 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'32.647 1.244 0.019
10 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'32.677 1.274 0.030
11 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 1'32.844 1.441 0.167
12 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 1'32.870 1.467 0.026
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'32.982 1.579 0.112
14 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 1'33.047 1.644 0.065
15 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'33.091 1.688 0.044
16 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'33.113 1.710 0.022
17 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 1'33.331 1.928 0.218
18 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 1'33.486 2.083 0.155
19 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'33.487 2.084 0.001
20 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'33.541 2.138 0.054
21 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'33.782 2.379 0.241
22 10 Luca Marini Ducati 1'33.830 2.427 0.048
23 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 1'33.872 2.469 0.042
Round Number: 
10
2021
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2021 Styria Moto2 Warm Up Result: Lowes Sets Sail

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 22 Sam Lowes Kalex 1'39.026    
2 35 Somkiat Chantra Kalex 1'39.352 0.326 0.326
3 72 Marco Bezzecchi Kalex 1'39.677 0.651 0.325
4 21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Kalex 1'39.684 0.658 0.007
5 55 Hafizh Syahrin NTS 1'39.760 0.734 0.076
6 44 Aron Canet Boscoscuro 1'39.763 0.737 0.003
7 70 Barry Baltus NTS 1'39.785 0.759 0.022
8 16 Joe Roberts Kalex 1'39.795 0.769 0.010
9 87 Remy Gardner Kalex 1'39.938 0.912 0.143
10 6 Cameron Beaubier Kalex 1'40.026 1.000 0.088
11 96 Jake Dixon Kalex 1'40.072 1.046 0.046
12 7 Lorenzo Baldassarri MV Agusta 1'40.185 1.159 0.113
13 37 Augusto Fernandez Kalex 1'40.206 1.180 0.021
14 40 Hector Garzo Kalex 1'40.551 1.525 0.345
15 97 Xavi Vierge Kalex 1'40.639 1.613 0.088
16 24 Simone Corsi MV Agusta 1'40.647 1.621 0.008
17 25 Raul Fernandez Kalex 1'40.654 1.628 0.007
18 5 Yari Montella Boscoscuro 1'40.851 1.825 0.197
19 75 Albert Arenas Boscoscuro 1'40.860 1.834 0.009
20 9 Jorge Navarro Boscoscuro 1'40.956 1.930 0.096
21 62 Stefano Manzi Kalex 1'41.060 2.034 0.104
22 19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Kalex 1'41.113 2.087 0.053
23 12 Thomas Luthi Kalex 1'41.209 2.183 0.096
24 11 Nicolò Bulega Kalex 1'41.270 2.244 0.061
25 42 Marcos Ramirez Kalex 1'42.026 3.000 0.756
26 13 Celestino Vietti Kalex 1'42.040 3.014 0.014
27 64 Bo Bendsneyder Kalex 1'42.301 3.275 0.261
28 23 Marcel Schrotter Kalex 1'42.302 3.276 0.001
29 14 Tony Arbolino Kalex 1'42.439 3.413 0.137
30 79 Ai Ogura Kalex 1'42.809 3.783 0.370
Round Number: 
10
2021
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2021 Styria Moto3 Warm Up Result: Acosta Fastest On Wet Track

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 37 Pedro Acosta KTM 1'45.457    
2 55 Romano Fenati Husqvarna 1'45.915 0.458 0.458
3 40 Darryn Binder Honda 1'46.190 0.733 0.275
4 31 Adrian Fernandez Husqvarna 1'46.436 0.979 0.246
5 5 Jaume Masia KTM 1'46.509 1.052 0.073
6 38 David Salvador Honda 1'46.539 1.082 0.030
7 17 John Mcphee Honda 1'46.565 1.108 0.026
8 27 Kaito Toba KTM 1'46.649 1.192 0.084
9 73 Maximilian Kofler KTM 1'46.680 1.223 0.031
10 71 Ayumu Sasaki KTM 1'46.733 1.276 0.053
11 12 Filip Salac KTM 1'46.754 1.297 0.021
12 92 Yuki Kunii Honda 1'46.781 1.324 0.027
13 19 Andi Farid Izdihar Honda 1'46.840 1.383 0.059
14 11 Sergio Garcia GASGAS 1'46.878 1.421 0.038
15 28 Izan Guevara GASGAS 1'46.894 1.437 0.016
16 2 Gabriel Rodrigo Honda 1'47.194 1.737 0.300
17 53 Deniz Öncü KTM 1'47.221 1.764 0.027
18 54 Riccardo Rossi KTM 1'47.257 1.800 0.036
19 99 Carlos Tatay KTM 1'47.281 1.824 0.024
20 20 Lorenzo Fellon Honda 1'47.381 1.924 0.100
21 24 Tatsuki Suzuki Honda 1'48.004 2.547 0.623
22 82 Stefano Nepa KTM 1'48.629 3.172 0.625
23 52 Jeremy Alcoba Honda 1'48.770 3.313 0.141
24 16 Andrea Migno Honda 1'48.781 3.324 0.011
25 6 Ryusei Yamanaka KTM 1'48.857 3.400 0.076
26 7 Dennis Foggia Honda 1'49.179 3.722 0.322
  43 Xavier Artigas Honda      
Round Number: 
10
2021
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