The strong emotions of the tenth Moto3 race at the Red Bull Ring were concentrated for a good part before the start. L’wet asphalt tending to dry in various points of the Austrian track has incredibly animated the strategic choices of teams and drivers, with some who have risked the slick against the rain of all the others. Among these also the poleman Deniz Öncü, who changed his mind at the last moment by opting for the slick just a few seconds before the time limit of three minutes.
Unfortunately, the mechanics of the Tech 3 team went a few seconds long in changing tires, forcing the Turkish to sensationally frustrating the first pole position in his career and being relegated to the last box of the grid. In addition, the choice proved to be penalizing, with only Darryn Binder who showed a good pace with the dry compound even if not necessary to shake the leadership of the very first.
Drama before we’ve even go going! 😱
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This is how Sergio found himself in front of everyone Garcia, who led the entire race after Öncü’s gift and managed to handle Pedro’s incredible pressure Acosta until the last lap. The two studied each other throughout the race after having cleared the rest of the group, then arriving at the decisive clash a few corners from the checkered flag. The KTM rookie attacked in turn 1, with team rival Aspar responding in turn 3 by pushing on a track that was still slimy in that stretch. Acosta did not give up and hung up in turn 9 (the penultimate), but the compatriot riding the GasGas lost control of his bike and ended up sensationally on the ground.
Garcia still managed to get up and close in second position ahead of Romano Fenati, who in the meantime had managed to get the better of Jaume Masia right at the last corner, but the result remains sub judice because Acosta has put both wheels far beyond the green at the last corner: to evaluate whether it is to be considered in direct fight with Garcia despite being already on the ground (in this case the two should exchange positions) or not (and therefore receive only five additional seconds of time, which would make him keep the victory). The feeling is that, however, the success of the Iberian rookie is confirmed even after the award ceremony, allowing him to further stretch to the top of the standings (+53 right on Garcia).
As for the others, fifth place for Ayumu Sasaki ahead of Darryn Binder, as mentioned the best ever among those with slicks. Ryusei Yamanaka, Yuki Kunii, Max Kofler and Adrian Fernandez close the Top-10. Only two crashes despite the pitfalls of the track, those of David Salvador and Andi Farid Izdihar, while Niccolò Antonelli he raised the white flag before the start due to a fracture in the third and fourth metacarpal of his right hand following the fall he suffered in Q2.
Moto3 | GP Styria 2021, order of arrival (top 15)