News 22 Aug 2022

Charge of Bagnaia continues with Austrian GP victory

Ogura holds on in Moto2 as sensational Sasaki wins Moto3.

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It was a third race win in a row for Ducati Lenovo Team’s Francesco Bagnaia, scoring the MotoGP victory at the Red Bull Ring, as Ai Ogura held on to claim the top spot in Moto2 and Ayumu Sasaki completed two long-lap penalties en route to taking the chequered flag first in Moto3.

Bagnaia led for the majority of the 28-lap Austrian GP to take another 25 points, as championship leader Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) passed Australia’s Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) with four laps to go to secure the runner-up position. Quartararo closed the gap to Bagnaia to fourth-tenths at the conclusion of the bout.

Miller finished third, briefly passing his teammate for P1 throughout the mid-part of the race, as Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) showed great pace to work his way forwards and cross the line P4.

Fifth was Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing), ahead of Aleix Espargaro who struggled to engage his holeshot device prior to the start. The Aprilia Racing rider recovered to as high as fifth but struggled in the closing laps, losing out to both Marini and Zarco.

Top of the KTM’s was Brad Binder in P7 (KTM Factory Racing Team), as Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar), MotoGP rookie Marco Bezzechi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) and Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) completed the top 10. Martin’s zipper on his leathers broked during the race and he crashed into turn one on the last lap while trying to make a move on Miller for third.

Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Remy Gardner suffered a fall on seven however remounted and completed the race 20th. Fastest qualifier Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP) was forced to retire on lap six after a buckled front wheel caused the pressure in his front tyre to drop.

Following round 13 of the MotoGP World Championship, Quartararo leads Espargaro by 42 points as Bagnaia continues to close in, now 44 points from the lead.

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It was a day to remember for the Idemitsu Honda Team Asia in Moto2, with Ogura and Somkiat Chantra finishing 1-2 in Austria as Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) crashed out of contention.

Chantra mounted a late attack on Ogura into the penultimate corner, but the number 79 was able to counter and score a valuable 25 points. Zinia GasGas Aspar Team’s Jake Dixon made a late move on returning Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) to take the final step on the rostrum as Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) completed the top five.

Making his Moto2 World Championship debut, Senna Agius crossed the line P17 after completing a long lap. Showing great progression throughout the round, it was a promising weekend for the youthful Australian talent.

Ogura’s victory moves him into the series lead by a single point ahead of Fernandez, and Vietti’s DNF while following Chantra dropped him to 27 points behind the lead, P3 in the standings.

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A spirited comeback from Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max’s Ayumu Sasaki saw the Japanese rider recover from a double long lap penalty to take a narrow 0.064s victory ahead of Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing).

David Munoz (BOE Motorsports) crossed the line third, ahead of Deniz Oncu (Red Bull KTM Tech3) and Sergio Garcia (AutoSolar GasGas Aspar Team). Making his return from injury, CIP Green Power’s Joel Kelso finished P22.

It remains tight at the top of the standings, with Garcia leading on 193 ahead of teammate Guevara – who was seventh in Austria – on 188. Foggia lost ground after a P12 finish at the Red Bull Ring and is now 49 points from the lead.

The Red Bull Rookies Cup also competed in Spielberg, with Harrison Voight the highest placed Australian with 16-12 finishes. Jacob Roulstone completed the races at the Red Bull Ring with 15-17 results.

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