Brad Binder could not celebrate in a better way his birthday with a perfect race in Austria in KTM’s home Grand Prix! The South African made an impressive job taking the lead immediately since the start not giving any chance to his rivals to jump on top, despite Remy Gardner tried to snatch 1st position from him. The Australian seemed to have enough pace to win the race, but a contact with Alex Marquez took him off out of the race.
Same story happened in early stages with Xavi Vierge and Tetsuta Nagashima; the Spaniard started really well and was in the group with Nagashima and Binder, but touched Tetsuta’s rear crashing out of the race involving also Japanese rider who fell in gravel too. A disaster ending for the two guys, with Xavi who went immediately to Nagashima’s motorhome to apologize.
Moto2 race was more like an elimination one but surely entertaining one with many twists, surely more than previous ones. Enea Bastianini and Luca Marini were doing an amazing job as well, with the two Italians who were fighting for the victory in the final laps of the Grand Prix, but Sky Racing Team rider pushed too much trying an overtake on Enea falling down hitting Bastianini as well who could not do anything to avoid the crash.
Free road so for Alex Marquez, who ended 2nd just behind Brad Binder without making any move but surely satisfied overall considering also where he was starting today after a poor qualifying yesterday; a positive result for championship leader who increases leadership also, as long as Lorenzo Baldassarri and Augusto Fernandez did a good race but ended in 4th and 5th, with Tom Luthi following Pons riders.
Jorge Navarro took last podium position after a usual comeback from behind; the Spaniard from SpeedUp had a terrible start but was able to close the gap from his rivals being able to catch riders fighting for top positions thanks to a great race pace. Not the best result for his teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio after a super job just seven days ago in Brno: the Italian ended in 14th taking just two championship points.