A strong morning in the wet left the Repsol Honda Team hopeful of putting together a solid Sunday in Austria, but eighth and 16th place finishes left them wanting more.
Wet morning Warm Up saw Marc Marquez and his Repsol Honda Team RC213V shine as the #93 topped the session. A 1’31.403 put him 0.048s clear of Miller and over a quarter of a second ahead of the rest of the field, but as the grid formed up for the race, the weather was still undecided as clouds loomed. Declared a dry race, Marquez seized the moment off the line to fight forward and join the leading group. But an incident at Turn 3 after just a few laps brought out the red flag and the race was stopped.
Marquez’s restart again saw him gain ground off the line, but he would drop back after contact into Turn 1. Falling as low as 14th in the opening laps, the eight-time World Champion rallied to recover throughout the race. Picking his way through and avoiding mistakes, Marquez eventually took eighth at the flag. A lack of traction and feeling with the new set of tyres for the restart left Marquez a second slower per lap than in practice.
Fast out of the blocks in Warm Up, Pol Espargaro was feeling confident in the wet as race day began. With the rain not returning for the race, Espargaro did his best to maximise on his potential but Espargaro’s race was made yet more difficult by a Long Lap Penalty with eight laps to go, dropping him outside the points. Crossing the line in 16th, Espargaro was left disappointed with his return from the summer break as he continues to search for rear grip.
Takaaki Nakagami put together an impressive race, battling tooth and claw until the finish. In fifth place, he ended the day as the top Honda finisher.
There are only a few days to rest before the action resumes at the Red Bull Ring next weekend for round 11 of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship. Determined to improve, the Repsol Honda Team are straight back to work analysing the weekend’s data with the aim of doing better in a week’s time.
Styrian Grand Prix
|1||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||25||Pramac Racing||Ducati||38'07.879|
|2||Mir Joan||36||SPA||20||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||1.548|
|3||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||16||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||9.632|
|4||Binder Brad||33||RSA||13||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||12.771|
|5||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||11||LCR Honda||Honda||12.923|
|6||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||10||Pramac Racing||Ducati||13.031|
|7||Rins Alex||42||SPA||9||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||14.839|
|8||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||8||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||17.953|
|9||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||7||LCR Honda||Honda||19.059|
|10||Pedrosa Dani||26||SPA||6||KTM Test Team||KTM||19.389|
|11||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||5||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||21.667|
|12||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||4||Avintia Esponsorama||Ducati||25.267|
|13||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||3||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||26.282|
|14||Marini Luca||10||ITA||2||SKY VR46 Avintia||Ducati||27.492|
|15||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||1||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||31.076|
|16||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||0||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||31.150|
|17||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||0||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||40.408|
|18||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||0||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||48.114|
|19||Vinales Maverick||12||SPA||0||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||1'03.149|
|20||Miller Jack||43||AUS||0||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||DNF|
|21||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||0||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||DNF|
|22||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||0||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||DNF|
|23||Savadori Lorenzo||32||ITA||0||Aprilia Racing||Aprilia||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)|