Oliveira wins MotoGP Race of Styria
Last weekend’s round 2 of the race at Red Bull Ring in Austria, aptly known as the Race of Styria, was won by a Red Bull KTM Tech 3 rider Miguel Oliveira who outlasted satellite Ducati rider Jack Miller and Red Bull factory squad rider Pol Espargaro. It’s a first win in premier class for the youngster from Portugal. To icing on the cake, the second Tech 3 bike of Iker Lecuona finished tenth.
The absence of Reigning Champion Marc Marquez and recent lockdown have turned MotoGP a bit topsy-turvy as factory teams find it difficult to come to grips with satellite teams. KTM factory squad, having made their MotoGP debut, have made headlines following Brad Binder’s win in Brno. This time around, it’s Oliveira and Espargaro who made the teams proud.
In a red-flag interrupted race, Oliveira practically outlasted and dispatched both Miller and Espargaro as they battled for the top spot in the final lap of the race. Oliveira, who’s first rider to come all the way through the Red Bull KTM system, commented, “I’m very emotional…there’s so much I want to say but I cannot at the moment. This is history today for me and my country and I couldn’t be happier to do it here in the home of KTM and Red Bull.”
Miller took the runner up for the second week running, with Espargaro third. Suzuki’s Joan Mir battled Andrea Dovizioso for a tough fourth place. Dovizioso was racing in the lead group after the restart. He would run wide later and gave Mir an opportunity to overtake him. He was unable to make any progress in the closing stint and settled for fifth, ahead of the second Suzuki of Alex Rins.
LCR’s Takaaki Nakagami came in seventh, while Binder was eighth and Rossi, ninth. Rossi had a lonely race to finish ninth as he was in a four-rider fight for fourth place in the mid-part of the race. He struggled to match the riders in front of him and lost a position to Rins with 7 laps to go. However, the Italian retaliated immediately when Rins went wide. Rossi’s quest for eighth continued until the very end. The Yamaha man was close to overtaking Binder but came just short and crossed the finish line in ninth.
For the second weekend in a row, both Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli didn’t make any impression as they ended up 13th and 15th. Even so, Quartararo left the Styrian GP at the top of the riders’ standings and the team held on to the lead in the teams’ rankings.
There will now be a two-week break for the riders before they tackle the next triple-header, which starts with Misano next month, from 11 to 13 September.
Race of Styria results
1. Miguel OLIVEIRA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 16’56.025
2. Jack MILLER Pramac Racing Ducati +0.316
3. Pol ESPARGARO Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0.540
4. Joan MIR Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +0.641
5. Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati Team Ducati +1.414
6. Alex RINS Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki +1.450
7. Takaaki NAKAGAMI LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda +1.864
8. Brad BINDER Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +4.150
9. Valentino ROSSI Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha +4.517
10. Iker LECUONA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM +5.068
1. Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha FRA 70
2.Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 67
3. Jack MILLER Ducati AUS 56
4. Brad BINDER KTM RSA 49
5. Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 48
6. Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda JPN 46
7. Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 45
8. Joan MIR Suzuki SPA 44
9. Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM POR 43
10. Pol ESPARGARO KTM SPA 35