Round 11 Austria

  • Marquez Takes Second In Spielberg Thriller

    Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez increased his advantage in the 2018 MotoGP World Championship with a breath-taking ride to second place at the Red Bull Ring, outside the Austrian town of Spielberg.

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Magic Marquez Takes Second In Spielberg Thriller

RED BULL RING, Austria, August 12, 2018

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) today increased his advantage in the 2018 MotoGP World Championship with a breath-taking ride to second place at the Red Bull Ring, outside the Austrian town of Spielberg. The brilliant 25-year-old engaged in a thrilling duel for victory with compatriot Jorge Lorenzo, taking the checkered flag just 0.130 seconds down. However, the most important news is that he now leads the championship by 59 points from Valentino Rossi, who finished in sixth place today.

Marc Marquez

Marc Marquez

Marquez led the early stages of the 28-lap race, leading Lorenzo and team-mate Andrea Dovizioso by 0.9 seconds after 12 laps, but with four laps remaining the two Spaniards were neck and neck, passing and repassing around the picturesque, sun-blessed Alpine circuit, the fastest in the MotoGP World Championship. On several occasions they appeared to touch as they fought for position, Marquez making some characteristically daring maneuvers.

The 25-year-old, who is seeking his fifth premier-class crown in six seasons, began the final lap 0.028 seconds ahead. Lorenzo retook the lead at the first turn, then Marquez briefly regained first place at turn three, but Lorenzo got better drive onto the straight and despite Marquez’s best efforts he retained the advantage to the finish. Dovizioso finished third, 1.656 seconds behind the winner.

Marquez’s brilliant ride not only strengthened his lead in the Riders World Championship it also retained Honda’s lead in the Constructors World Championship and the Repsol Honda Team’s lead in the Teams World Championship.

Fellow HRC rider Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda CASTROL RC213V) also had an excellent day at the hillside track, winning a hard-fought battle for fourth place with Italian Danilo Petrucci. This gave Crutchlow today’s Independent Team prize and takes him into his home event at Silverstone at the end of the month in high spirits. Crutchlow was less than ten seconds behind the winner at the flag. 

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC213V) rode a dogged race to seventh place, an impressive performance from ninth on the grid. The 32-year-old spent much of the 28 laps in a frantic skirmish with several other riders, including Rossi, Alex Rins and Tito Rabat. He made his way towards the front of the group and finished just 0.130 seconds behind Rossi.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda IDEMITSU RC213V) made an impressive recovery from a difficult two days of practice – run in changeable conditions from torrential rain to bright sunshine – which had put him 21st on the grid with plenty of work to do. The 26-year-old from Chiba rode a determined race, moving forward to take the last World Championship point in 15th place, less than a second behind Bradley Smith and just ahead of fellow rookie Hafizh Syahrin.

Honda’s second rookie Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) had every right to expect another points-scoring result after qualifying 16th in his first visit to the track on a MotoGP bike. But he chose the wrong tire for the race. His soft rear worked well enough in the early stages but then he lost grip and positions, ending the race in 19th. 

Thomas Luthi (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) took the checkered flag in 22nd place. Like the other rookies, he found it difficult to work on his riding and on bike set-up with track conditions changing so frequently.

Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) won his most important Moto2 victory of the year at the end of a thrilling duel with World Championship rival Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM).

Oliveira led the first lap after Bagnaia was knocked wide at the first turn by a rival. For most of the race the 21-year-old Italian hunted down the 23-year-old Portuguese, until they were right together for the last five laps. Bagnaia took the lead on several occasions, only for Oliveira to retake the advantage.

At the start of the last lap they were a fraction of a second apart, Bagnaia biding his time until the penultimate corner, where he swept past his rival, then ran slightly wide; possibly on purpose. This gave Oliveira the chance to retake the lead at the final corner, but he was carrying too much speed, so Bagnaia cut back inside and made it to the finish line 0.264 seconds ahead. The move was a replica of the Marquez/Dovizioso MotoGP finish last year.

Bagnaia’s fifth win of the year allowed him to retake the series lead for Oliveira by just three points.

The contest for the final place on the podium was every bit as fierce, with Luca Marini (Sky Racing Team VR46 Kalex) winning the three-man fight from Argentine GP winner Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team Kalex). Alex Marquez (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex) fell at the final corner as he tried to take third place.

Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex) finished fifth, his best result of the year, just ahead of German winner Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM) and Marcel Schrotter (Dynavolt Intact GP Suter). Binder lost a possible podium place after obeying Race Direction’s order to drop one position after exceeding track limits.

The top ten was completed by Joan Mir (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex), Fabio Quartararo (Speed Up Racing Speed Up) and Iker Lecuona (Swiss Innovative Investors KTM). Ninth was a disappointment for Frenchman Quartararo, who qualified on the front row, but ran off track when he barged into Bagnaia at the first corner. 

Moto3 star Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) rode a hero’s race to third place at the first event of the day, just eight days after undergoing surgery to plate the left radius bone he broke during practice for last week’s Czech Grand Prix.

The 20-year-old Spaniard was cleared to ride following a medical check on Thursday. Yesterday he qualified on the front row and today – despite concerns that his injury would trouble him, especially in the later stages – he was in the lead battle throughout, chasing long-time leader Marco Bezzecchi, his main championship rival.

Martin attacked Bezzecchi with three laps to go but didn’t quite have the speed to take over at the front. Nonetheless his brave ride keeps him second in the championship, just 12 points behind Bezzecchi and with another two weeks to work on his injury to be closer to full strength at the next race at Silverstone.

On the final lap the lead group was joined by Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW), who had been working his way through the pack after a slow start. The 20-year-old Italian’s end-of-race pace was startling, taking him from fifth at the start of the last lap to second, passing Martin on the penultimate corner.

Bastianini’s team-mate Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) was also on the charge, moving up to fifth place at the flag, his best result since the season-opening Qatar GP, when he took a podium result.

Former Asia Talent Cup and Red Bull MotoGP Rookies champion Ayumu Sasaki (Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) enjoyed a brilliant ride to seventh place, equalling his best-ever Grand Prix result. The 17-year-old from Yokosuka fought like a lion during the race, coming through from 18th on the grid. With four laps he was 13th, in the midst of a seven-man group going for seventh place, but he made his way to the front of that group by the time the checkered flag came out.

Tony Arbolino (Marinelli Snipers Team Honda NSF250RW) started from the second row and finished ninth, a fraction of a second in front of Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) and Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW), winner of last Sunday’s Czech GP.

Like Sasaki, Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia Honda NSF250RW) also recovered well, fighting through from 28th on the grid to finish 16th, just one place outside the World Championship points. The 18-year-old from Fukuoka was chased over the finish line by Adam Norrodin (Malaysian Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW). In his fourth Grand Prix, Ai Ogura (Asia Talent Team Honda NSF250RW) finished 20th. 

MotoGP’s next stop is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on August 26.

Cal Crutchlow

Cal Crutchlow

Comments

MotoGP

Marc Marquez, Repsol Honda Team: 2nd

“Today I enjoyed the race a lot because I finished second but really gave it everything. In Brno I didn’t have enough confidence, while here, I tried. I started to push hard from the beginning as I had chosen the hard rear tire with the target of trying to open a gap early on, because I knew that Dovi and Lorenzo would be very fast at the end of the race, when the tires dropped. That was our strategy today and for a short while I believed I would be able to carry it out, but soon they caught me again. It was a great battle. I tried to defend, to change my lines, but it was impossible. This is a track where they’re very strong, especially on the straights. In these situations we try to manage at our best, and we also have our very competitive points; we were very strong on braking and entering the corners. For sure we will use those strengths and have our say at other tracks. So far we’ve always been right there, always on the podium, and that’s the most important thing. We lost only five points on Lorenzo and gained more on Valentino, who’s second in the standings. We’re happy with this result; we’ve done a great job here.”

 

Cal Crutchlow, LCR Honda CASTROL: 4th

“We weren’t able to compete for the podium here today, but before the weekend I said we’d be happy with a top six finish and that’s what we have come away with. I rode well, but I couldn’t go away with the front guys at the start. It was impossible with the hard front tire as I needed to build heat into it, as I almost found out at turn four on the first lap when I nearly went down. I am obviously happy with the result today. I finished 15th here over the last couple of years, so to finish fourth today is a big step forward. To go away from here with valuable points and a couple of races of strong finishes it means that I can throw the chips all in at Silverstone in two weeks. A top-five finish won’t be out of the question, and I will aim to get onto that podium in front of the home fans.”

 

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team: 7th

“After the start, turn one was a bit messy but okay, but after a couple of corners, something happened with Smith, Rossi, Zarco, and I don’t know who else, and I went off the track, losing five or six positions. I found myself very far back in the pack. As usual, in the beginning I also struggled with the feeling and grip, so it took me some time before I was able to get into a good enough rhythm. When I felt more comfortable, I started making some passes, and the situation became better and better. This is something we need to solve because by the time I start to be fast, the race is gone.” 

 

Takaaki Nakagami, LCR Honda IDEMITSU: 15th 

“The conditions today were quite warm and so I tried a new set-up during the morning warm-up, which was a positive step forward from qualifying. After a good start and a good turn one I was in a better position. It was a bit of a traffic jam, and turn four was tricky, but I found a gap and made up more spots. After that I tried to make no mistakes in the 28 laps. I tried to follow Viñales,  but after ten laps I couldn’t manage it anymore, but it helped me keep a consistent lap time as it became a lonely race for me. I tried my best as always, and even tried to pass Espargaro on the final lap. I made it stick which brought home a point. It’s just one, but it’s better than nothing. I want to say a big thanks to the LCR Honda IDEMITSU Team because the last few races have been tough for me. Finally, we have come back and we will try to continue that form. We have a test in Misano this week, so hopefully that will help us some more if we keep pushing hard.”

 

Franco Morbidelli, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS: 19th

“I am quite happy with my performance but unfortunately I made the wrong tire choice. I chose the soft rear and from the beginning I had less grip than the other riders in my group. Towards the end of the race the grip dropped even more so it was not a good decision to go with the soft. But I’m happy with my riding and the performance of the bike and look forward to test coming up in Misano before the Silverstone race.”

 

Thomas Luthi, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS: 22nd

“It was a difficult weekend and one to forget because I never really found a good rhythm in the race and got temperature into the tires even though it was a hot day. We need to check what the problem was for this and move to the next race in Silverstone.”

 

Moto2

Francesco Bagnaia, Sky Racing Team VR46: 1st

“A great victory, another double podium for the team and the leadership of the World Championship: I’m really happy, it was important to win because, since the start of the season, it’s the first time I’ve been fighting in a duel with Miguel. I had not a bad start, but at the first corner I had a contact with Quartararo, we both exceed the limits of the track and I immediately had a gap to reduce. I tried to get the tires back to right temperature and then I started pushing at 100 percent to close the gap.  With Miguel I waited, I stayed focused and I studied his lines to be able to overtake him in the last two laps.”

 

Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Ajo: 2nd

“I am satisfied with this second place at the Red Bull Ring, although it’s slightly bittersweet because I didn’t win the race. Overall, it was a great race for me; I didn’t make mistakes and led every lap, but just lost one place on the last lap. I had to try to guess where Bagnaia would try his move and close the door. The last lap was almost a carbon copy of what happened last year in MotoGP. The World Championship standings are very tight and the races are very exciting. We are on the limit. This year there have been no mistakes from the top riders either, and both Bagnaia and I have always kept adding points to our tally. I’m very happy because things are going well and I’m sure we’ll get a win at another race.”

 

Luca Marini, Sky Racing Team VR46: 3rd

“A beautiful race and a great fight with Pasini and Marquez till the last corner: I had fun. I’m really happy because until this morning I was in trouble with the rear tire. After the warm-up, we analyzed the data and in the race I was able to brake harder than the others. The advice Franco (Morbidelli) gave me was right! I tried to be constant, not to make mistakes and stay focused until the end. Thanks to all the guys in the team. After yesterday’s crash, they did an incredible job to get me back on track and competitive. With Pecco(Francesco Bagnaia) we have conquered another double podium and he has taken over the leadership in the standings and now we have the possibility to further shorten the distances in the team championship.”

Moto3

Enea Bastianini, Leopard Racing: 2nd

“That was an exciting race for me and a good result, but maybe it would have been better if we had got a better first few laps! I gave it my everything all the way, as always, and once I was closing on the lead group it was exciting. Going from fifth at the start of the last lap was fantastic, it’s just a shame that Lorenzo didn’t quite make it for a double team podium. As always, a big thank you to everyone in my team who helped achieve this result.”

 

Jorge Martin, Del Conca Gresini Moto3: 3rd

“I’m over the moon after what has been an extremely difficult week. To be on the podium after eight days from surgery was a dream. I would have loved to win the race – I think it was even without realistic reach – but I was losing a lot to Bezzecchi on the straight. I give my all to stay with him and I didn’t give up until the end: ironically enough, I was making a lot more ground in the left-handed turns, where I was struggling more. We took 16 very important points and now the goal is to recover fully for Silverstone.”

 

Lorenzo Dalla Porta, Leopard Racing: 5th

“That was a difficult race because we had to spend a long time catching the leaders. I was able to follow Enea and that helped a lot. The bike was working so well, even though we didn’t have much dry track time, so I have to be very thankful for the work my team did. The last couple of laps were a bit crazy – maybe I could have made the podium but anyway we will try again next time.”

Results

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2018
Round 11: Austria Race

MotoGP Class

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Jorge LORENZO (Ducati Team)
2 Marc MARQUEZ (Repsol Honda Team)
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)
4 Cal CRUTCHLOW (LCR Honda CASTROL)
5 Danilo PETRUCCI (Alma Pramac Racing)
6 Valentino ROSSI (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)
7 Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
8 Alex RINS (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)
9 Johann ZARCO (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
10 Alvaro BAUTISTA (Angel Nieto Team)
11 Tito RABAT (Reale Avintia Racing)
12 Maverick VIÑALES (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP)
13 Andrea IANNONE (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR)
14 Bradley SMITH (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing)
15 Takaaki NAKAGAMI (LCR Honda IDEMITSU)
16 Hafizh SYAHRIN (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)
17 Aleix ESPARGARO (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)
18 Jack MILLER (Alma Pramac Racing)
19 Franco MORBIDELLI (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)
20 Scott REDDING (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini)
21 Karel ABRAHAM (Angel Nieto Team)
22 Thomas LUTHI (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)
RT Xavier SIMEON (Reale Avintia Racing)

Moto2 Class

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Francesco BAGNAIA (SKY Racing Team VR46)
2 Miguel OLIVEIRA (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
3 Luca MARINI (SKY Racing Team VR46)
4 Mattia PASINI (Italtrans Racing Team)
5 Jorge NAVARRO (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)
6 Brad BINDER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
7 Marcel SCHROTTER (Dynavolt Intact GP)
8 Joan MIR (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)
9 Fabio QUARTARARO ((+)Ego - Speed Up Racing )
10 Iker LECUONA (Swiss Innovative Investors)
11 Romano FENATI (Marinelli Snipers Team)
12 Danny KENT ((+)Ego - Speed Up Racing )
13 Andrea LOCATELLI (Italtrans Racing Team)
14 Stefano MANZI (Forward Racing Team)
15 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)
16 Khairul Idham PAWI (IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia)
17 Dominique AEGERTER (Kiefer Racing)
18 Steven ODENDAAL (NTS RW Racing GP)
19 Joe ROBERTS (NTS RW Racing GP)
20 Jules DANILO (Nashi Argan SAG Team)
21 Niki TUULI (Petronas Sprinta Racing )
22 Bo BENDSNEYDER (Tech 3 Racing)
23 Isaac VIÑALES (Forward Racing Team)
24 Alejandro MEDINA (SAG Team)
25 Xavi CARDELUS (Team Stylobike)
26 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI (Pons HP40)
RT Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS)
RT Sam LOWES (Swiss Innovative Investors)
RT Federico FULIGNI (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2)
RT Simone CORSI (Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2)
RT Remy GARDNER (Tech 3 Racing)
RT Augusto FERNANDEZ (Pons HP40)

Moto3 Class

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Marco BEZZECCHI (Redox PruestelGP)
2 Enea BASTIANINI (Leopard Racing)
3 Jorge MARTIN (Del Conca Gresini Moto3)
4 Albert ARENAS (Angel Nieto Team Moto3)
5 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA (Leopard Racing)
6 Jaume MASIA (Bester Capital Dubai)
7 Ayumu SASAKI (Petronas Sprinta Racing)
8 Gabriel RODRIGO (RBA BOE Skull Rider)
9 Tony ARBOLINO (Marinelli Snipers Team)
10 Aron CANET (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
11 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO (Del Conca Gresini Moto3)
12 John MCPHEE (CIP - Green Power)
13 Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox PruestelGP)
14 Philipp OETTL (Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing)
15 Marcos RAMIREZ (Bester Capital Dubai)
16 Kaito TOBA (Honda Team Asia)
17 Adam NORRODIN (Petronas Sprinta Racing)
18 Tatsuki SUZUKI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)
19 Darryn BINDER (Red Bull KTM Ajo)
20 Ai OGURA (Asia Talent Team)
21 Kazuki MASAKI (RBA BOE Skull Rider)
22 Niccolò ANTONELLI (SIC58 Squadra Corse)
23 Nicolo BULEGA (SKY Racing Team VR46)
24 Alonso LOPEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)
25 Vicente PEREZ (Reale Avintia Academy 77)
26 Dennis FOGGIA (SKY Racing Team VR46)
27 Stefano NEPA (CIP - Green Power)
28 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAP (Honda Team Asia)
29 Maximilian KOFLER (Motosport Kofler)
RT Andrea MIGNO (Angel Nieto Team Moto3)