AustrianGP: Jorge Martin and Albert Arenas deliver for KTM
In a heart-stopping day of MotoGP action, Albert Arenas and Jorge Martin stayed out of trouble to claim victories in their respective classes.
In Moto3, Albert Arenas rode his own race, controlling his pace as we have seen him do so superbly in recent races. The Moto3 championship leader was among the leading quartet and was in contention once again on the final lap.
Arenas rode a perfect race to claim his third win of the season, extending his championship lead to 28 points. The Aspar rider was followed home by Jaume Masia, who claims back-to-back podiums after his third place in Brno. The third-place podium step remained unknown after the flag. Ai Ogura crossed the line in third ahead of Darryn Binder but the pair were awarded a last-second penalty for exceeding track limits. The rule regarding track limits states that if a rider touches the green on the final lap, they automatically lose a position. This then promoted Celestino Vietti onto the podium but another penalty was awarded, this time for the Italian. Vietti’s penalty meant that John McPhee was promoted onto the podium, his second of the season.
In Moto2, Jorge Martin was able to claim his maiden Moto2 victory in an interrupted race. On lap five, championship leader Enea Bastianini highsided out of the race. His Italtrans machine was stranded in the middle of the track, most riders avoided but a blinded Hafizh Syahrin (who was right up behind Britons Jake Dixon) couldn’t react in time, resulting in a serious incident. Edgar Pons (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) and Andi Izdihar (Honda Team Asia) were also involved – however, all riders are okay.
The Moto2 race restarted with a 13-lap dash, a race that Jorge Martin took in his stride, storming to his first race victory. SKY VR46 rider, Luca Marini took second ahead of a rejuvenated Marcel Schrotter. Sam Lowes managed to pinch fourth from Xavi Vierge in a last corner pass while Marco Bezzecchi completed the top six.
Luca Marini takes over the Moto2 championship lead while Jorge Martin jumps up to third.
The Moto3 and Moto2 championship returns next weekend in Austria for the final race in Austria.