A trying day at the Red Bull Ring with a red-flag interrupted race, but Alex Marquez salvages points to continue his top 15 run. Stefan Bradl’s participation in next week’s Styria GP is confirmed as Marc Marquez continues his recovery.
Weather forecasts were once again proven wrong as glorious sunshine beat down on the Red Bull Ring for the fourth MotoGP race of the year. Both Repsol Honda Team RC213Vs shot off the line, Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl immediately gaining positions and joining the group battling for the top ten. But a red flag for a dramatic crash at Turn 3 saw the race stopped, restarted and run over 20 laps.
Alex made another strong start from 13th on the grid with the restart, immediately moving into the top ten as the field roared through the opening corners. The fighting was fierce in the first laps and the MotoGP rookie found himself shuffled down the order after his lightning start. But Alex’s consistency saw him stay free of trouble afterwards and benefit from the mistakes of others, moving back into the points. The Moto2 World Champion had a tight battle with podium-finisher Bradley Smith on the last lap, losing a piece of his left aero after contact. Alex crossed the line in 14th but was promoted to 13th after the Brit was handed a penalty for exceeding track limits.
Like his team-mate, Stefan Bradl made up several positions in both starts to the Austrian GP. Staying in the mix with the full-time riders, Bradl held his own in the opening laps before eventually dropping back and losing contact with the group. Bradl took a 17th place finish, one better than in the previous round. Stefan Bradl will mount the Repsol Honda Team RC213V for a third time in place of Marc Marquez at the Grand Prix of Styria next week.
Takaaki Nakagami was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the restart as he raced forward to take sixth for yet another top-ten finish. Nakagami is also sixth in the championship, four points off Binder in fourth.
The MotoGP field remains at the Red Bull Ring for round six of the 2020 World Championship and the third of three races in a row next Sunday, August 23.
Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich Race Results
|1||Dovizioso Andrea||4||ITA||25||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||28'20.853|
|2||Mir Joan||36||SPA||20||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.377|
|3||Miller Jack||43||AUS||16||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1.549|
|4||Binder Brad||33||RSA||13||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||5.536|
|5||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||11||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||5.837|
|6||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||10||LCR Honda||Honda||6.403|
|7||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||9||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||12.498|
|8||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||8||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||12.534|
|9||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||7||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||14.117|
|10||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||6||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||15.276|
|11||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||5||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||17.772|
|12||Pirro Michele||51||ITA||4||Pramac Racing||Ducati||23.271|
|13||Smith Bradley||38||GBR||3||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||24.943|
|14||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||2||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||24.868|
|15||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||1||LCR Honda||Honda||27.435|
|16||Rabat Tito||53||SPA||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||28.502|
|17||Bradl Stefan||6||GER||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||18.609|
|18||Rins Alex||42||SPA||0||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||DNF|
|19||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||0||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||DNF|
|20||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||DNF|
|21||Morbidelli Franco||21||ITA||0||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||DNF|
|22||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||0||Esponsorama Racing||Ducati||DNF|
The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg is located beautifully in the Murtal-region of Styria, Austria. The circuit was originally built in 1969, then known as the Österreichring. In 1996 it was rebuilt with the track-layout it still had when, in 2011, it was reopened as the Red Bull Ring and… read more.
|Length||4.3 km / 2.68 miles|
|Longest straight||626 m / 2053.81 ft|
Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Steiermark, Austria - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m22.643s (188.0 Km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Lap||1m23.827s (185.4 Km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2019)|
|Race Time||39m34.771s (183.2) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2019)|
|2021 Race Winners||Styrian GP: Jorge Martin (Ducati) || Austrian GP: Brad Binder (KTM)|