Dovizioso triumph on Mir's first podium in MotoGP

The bikes of Zarco and Morbidelli brushed against Rossi and Maverick in an accident that stopped the race and in the re-start the Ducati one won.


Wow! What a day of racing in Austria, with reasons for happiness far beyond that of victories. Dovizioso's is the 50th for Ducati in MotoGP and the Italian's first this year, just the day after making his break with the Borgo Panigale factory official. But the best of all has been that Rossi and Maverick, as happened in Moto2 with Bastianini, were born again, because they touched the tragedy and came out unharmed by a pure miracle after the horrifying accident between Zarco and Morbidelli that turned their motorcycles into two projectiles that they were about to hit Yamaha's.

That would have been tragic. So much so that even Rossi, hardened in a thousand World Cup battles since 1996, came to the box with the appearance of the red flag very shocked. Johann's Ducati ran over Maverick and Franco's Yamaha right under Valentino's nose. The two of them, who had taken the podium in Brno escorting Binder in the first KTM victory, did the sharpening (front wheel with rear wheel) after Zarco overtook Morbidelli, both of them immediately crashing and leaving the Frenchman's motorcycle on its feet uncontrolled. and that of the Italian circling towards the exit of turn 3. A full-blown miracle that nothing serious happened, because no one was injured.

The one who felt the worst about the interruption of the race was Pol, who was leading after leaving several good passes along the way and was already beginning the solo getaway. For the restart he won to start from pole, but with an important and negative change for him on his KTM: he had to mount the soft rear tire instead of the middle one, as in the first outing, because he had no more left. He returned to lead the race, but was losing steam and ended up falling with Oliveira. The Portuguese went to the ground and in the drag he took the Spanish. Unfair result for the Catalan in another weekend that was called to do something great with the KTM, but that ends up on the ground.

The one who also fell, on the eleventh lap, was Rins just as he had just reached the lead of the test. He overtook Dovizioso with an inside at Turn 6 but couldn't get out of it on his feet with the Suzuki. Without him in action, the leading group was reduced to three units and Dovizioso managed to pass Miller and take a second and a half lead to cross the line first. It was his way of achieving his third victory at Spielberg's Red Bull Ring, of vindicating himself against a Ducati that no longer loves him after eight years of work with three runners-up and the way to climb to second place overall, 11 points behind. of a blurred Quartararo. The Frenchman, who came out last in the second round, having left in the first, only managed to be eighth.

The ones who did have a brilliant day were Miller and Mir, who fought for second place until the end. The Spaniard took it, who did not settle for a third place that was already his first podium in MotoGP and achieved a memorable second, passing the Australian two corners from the end.

The one who returned to watch the races from home was a Márquez who must be surprised at the little income on him that his rivals have taken for the title in the last two races. Now Quartararo leads with 67 points and there is the feeling that Marc would have time to try the comeback if he were to run again and next week, again in Austria, but only he knows when he will return.

After the first three, Binder, Rossi, Nakagami, Petrucci, Quartararo, Lecuona and Maverick, with clutch problems, closing the first ten places. Further back, Aleix 11th, Álex Márquez 14th and Rabat 16th. Next Sunday everyone will have the option of revenge on the same circuit, where Ducati always wins. There are now five consecutive victories on this track and three of them thanks to a Dovizioso who they do not want to keep in his box next year. The same in Ducati they end up regretting what happened with Lorenzo two years ago, if they have not already regretted seeing him win for the third time in Austria with his motorcycle ... 444 444

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