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Oliveira wins MotoGP Race of Styria; first for Red Bull KTM Tech 3

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

Riders standings

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

Rookie Brad Binder wins MotoGP Race of Brno, first win for Red Bull KTM!

The MotoGP Race of Brno at the Czech Republic on Sunday saw a certain unknown Rookie rider from the Red Bull KTM factory outfit Brad Binder take the Win! It was the first ever win for Red Bull KTM. Binder overtook two hard charging Yamaha SRTs of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli to emerge the winner.

Binder said in post-race, “This is a day I have dreamed about since I was a little boy. Today, it came true. They put an absolutely insane motorbike underneath me this weekend.”

Current league leaders Quartararo, Morbidelli and Yamaha SRT couldn’t believe their fates as they were beaten by a rookie. Morbidelli ended up second and Quartararo in seventh. Although finishing seventh, Quartararo still manages to hold on to the standings’ lead. Morbidell, meanwhile, made it ten podiums for the team since their MotoGP debut last year. Ducati Satellite team’s Johann Zarco claimed the final spot on the podium, with Suzuki’s Alex Rins fourth and Valentino Rossi fifth.

At race start, Morbidelli got off to a fast start and pulled away from the field. The second Yamaha SRT of Quartararo was right there in second, but was soon troubled by tyre issues. As the laps continued to count down Morbidelli experienced increased tyre wear. Out of nowhere, Binder started to close In on the leading Yamaha SRT. They battled for a bit before Binder swooped in for the lead and Morbidelli decided to settle for runner up spot at the closing stage.

Quartararo would drop back behind Rins, Rossi and a certain Miguel Oliveira, the second Red Bull KTM rider. With other championship contenders faring worse than him, he decided to not risk a crash and make sure to rack up as many points as possible for the top spot in the riders standings.

The Yamaha factory team could fair no better than fifth and 14th for Rossi and Vinales. Having started 10th, Rossi pushed to the max as did his team mate. The Doctor made progress fast to get up to sixth by the mid-distance of the race. With five laps to go he was in the group with Rins and Quartararo for the fight for fourth. He overtook the Yamaha SRT rider and withstood the pressure from behind applied by Oliveira, to take 5th place, 7.517s from first.

The Ducati factory squad, like the other factory teams, struggled through the weekend as Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci finished eleventh and twelfth respectively. Dovizioso was in the top ten, as was Petrucci and Jack Miller. The scorching heat at Brno made tyres management an issue for everyone, Dovizioso couldn’t push further and finished 11th just outside the top ten. Miller would finish ninth, behind Takami Nakagami in the LCR Honda and ahead of Aleix Espargaro.

With Reigning Champion Marc Marquez continuing to recover from injury, Repsol Honda had to rely on rookie Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl who’d just joined the camp  since his last race at 2019 Austrian race. But neither rider could take advantage of the race as Marquez was 15th and Bradl was DNF.

The MotoGP contingent next head to the Austrian race at the Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, from 14-16 August.

MotoGP Race of Brno Rd4 results

1   BINDER Brad     Red Bull KTM          41’38.764

2         MORBIDELLI Franco         Yamaha SRT           5.266

3         ZARCO Johann       Esponsorama Racing           6.470

4         RINS Alex     Suzuki          6.609

5         ROSSI Valentino     Yamaha MotoGP               7.517

6         OLIVEIRA Miguel    Red Bull        7.969

7         QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT                      11.827

8         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          LCR Honda              12.862

9         MILLER Jack Pramac Racing                  15.013

10       ESPARGARO Aleix Aprilia Racing           15.087

Riders standings

1         QUARTARARO Fabio        59      

2         VINALES Maverick             42      

3         MORBIDELLI Franco         31      

4         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          31      

5         BINDER Brad                     28      

6         ZARCO Johann       28      

7         ROSSI Valentino     27      

8         NAKAGAMI Takaaki          27      

9         MILLER Jack     20  

10       RINS Alex     19