The Styrian Grand Prix, held this afternoon at the Austrian Red Bull Ring circuit, near Zeltweg, was not positive for the Ducati Lenovo Team. Bagnaia, who started with the second best time from the front row, was able to take the lead almost immediately, but after a few laps the race was interrupted due to an accident. Once the track conditions were restored, the drivers lined up in the same position obtained in qualifying to compete in a new test over the distance of 27 laps. At the restart, however, Pecco was unable to find the same feeling with his Desmosedici GP. Slipped to the rear, the Italian crossed the line in ninth place, but was subsequently relegated to eleventh, after suffering a three-second penalty for exceeding the limits of the track. Unlucky race for Jack too Miller that in the restart he had managed to take the lead after a few curves. Overtaken shortly after by Martín, then by Mir and finally by Quartararo, the Australian driver was forced to push to get closer to the French driver. Unfortunately, with ten laps to go when he seems to have mended the gap, Miller is ran into a crash which then forced him to retire.
On the top step of the podium of the GP of Styria, however, a Ducati climbed: Jorge Martín, rider of the factory-supported Pramac Racing team and author of the pole position yesterday, achieved his first success in MotoGP in his debut year in the category. After today’s race, Bagnaia occupies the fourth position in the overall standings 58 points behind the leader, while Miller is fifth with 100 points. Ducati and the Ducati Lenovo Team, on the other hand, maintain the second position respectively in the constructors’ championship and in the classification reserved for teams.
Francis Bagnaia, 11th: “I’m really sorry for how today’s race went. The first start was perfect even if I didn’t feel completely comfortable with the front tire. Unfortunately, at the restart I never had the same feeling with the rear of the bike and this prevented me from riding in the same way. Furthermore, at the end of the race I received a three-second penalty for not having taken the “long lap penalty”, but I never received indications in the race to do it. Too bad because today we really had a great opportunity to fight for the win. We will try again next week“.
Jack Miller, withdrawn: “Today I had the podium really within my reach and I lost it due to a slip. Unlike the first race, where I wasn’t able to get a good start, in the second I felt much more comfortable. After Quartararo passed me, I had to push and once I set my pace, I was able to get closer. Unfortunately, by the time I had reached him, I suddenly lost the front. I am angry with myself and also sorry for my team. Now we will try to look forward and come back stronger next week“.