Oliveira catches victory in the troubled river of Miller and Pol

The red flag for the Maverick accident deprived Mir of the victory, who was on the run and was fourth at the restart.


The red flag that deprived Pol Espargaró of victory last Sunday was about to be returned to him today at the Red Bull Ring, but a failure on the last lap, when reaching Turn 3, allowed Miller to stick to his wheel and A fierce battle began, which Oliveira took advantage of at the exit of the last corner to take the lead at the last gasp and give Portugal the first victory in history in the queen class. It is, in addition to a victory with which KTM remains without concessions in the regulations, but something like that is welcome for the Austrian factory, which already looks at Honda, Yamaha, Ducati and Suzuki as equals.

The MotoGP race was a race in the purest Moto3 style, but with fat bikes, 1,000cc, 250 hp and the best riders on the planet fighting hard. As fate would have it, Mir was denied his first MotoGP victory due to the accident that Maverick suffered. The Suzuki man was escaping alone towards a resounding victory, with a 2.4 advantage over Nakagami and Miller when 16 complete laps had already been played and only 12 were left, although the really important thing is that Viñales came out unharmed for the second consecutive Sunday of miracle . The Yamaha rider ran out of brakes at the end of the straight and threw himself at 220 per hour, without anything happening to him, impacting his motorcycle against the air defense, which he destroyed, and setting the motorcycle on fire.

This led to a second 12-lap race in which Mir appeared with the front tire of the previous race and with less bellows to fight for victory again. He had to settle for fourth place and see Oliveira's unexpected triumph six tenths away from the finish line, the second for KTM this season and the first for a motorcycle other than Ducati since this circuit returned to the World Championship calendar. in 2016. With the victory of Dovizioso last Sunday, there were already five for the home of Borgo Panigale, who this time obtained as the best result the fifth of Andrea, who received the checkered flag ahead of Rins.

Márquez said minutes before this race that it seems that none of them wanted to win the title this year, and that's the way it is, because Dovizioso lost the opportunity to take the lead with the disastrous race signed by the leader, a Quartararo who could only be thirteenth. It is difficult to count the number of times the Frenchman has started this weekend on this track, although at least he retains the lead, now with only three points of margin over Dovi. Yamaha will be crazy to leave Austria and head towards Misano, a circuit that will give it much better next month. The best of his bikes here today was Rossi with ninth place, and with that all said.

As for Honda, he was on his way to getting his first podium of the season thanks to Nakagami, but at the restart the Japanese could only be seventh, far from a Miller he had fought with in the first round. The Australian was the one who largely facilitated Oliveira's first victory, but also Pol himself with that error already mentioned in turn 3 of the last lap. The one from Granollers entered too tight and came out too wide, which allowed the one from Pramac to get close to him, to pass him for the first time at the fourth turn.

On the ninth, Pol returned the ax to Jack, but Jack responded in the last too-forced turn, causing them both to open and Oliveira to fish in the rough river for his first victory. They gave it to him in part, but you had to be there, and it has a lot of merit to do it as a KTM satellite rider at Red Bull Tech 3 in Poncharal, so congratulations to him and to all of Portugal.

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