Martin track limits mistake hands first win to Bezzecchi

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The Austrian GP winner fended off Bezzecchi by 0.060 seconds having led the entire 25-lap Red Bull Ring, but ran off track on the exit of Turn 8 on the final tour, which is an automatic one-place drop in the Moto2 rule book.

Martin jumped maiden poleman Aron Canet on the run to the first corner, with the sister Ajo KTM of Tetsuta Nagashima slotting into third.

A moment for Remy Gardner at Turn 3 broke up the lead group, with Martin, Canet and Nagashima opening up a slight advantage.

A crash for Aspar rookie Canet at Turn 4 on lap 2 left Martin to lead team-mate Nagashima, with Gardner some eight tenths adrift.

By lap 6, Gardner had recovered the gap and was putting some pressure on Nagashima, while Bezzecchi was charging through to try and get on terms with the podium battle on his VR46 Kalex.

Gardner made his move on Nagashima for second on the 11th tour, which allowed Martin to open up his lead to a second, while Bezzecchi moved up to third on the following lap.

Martin’s advantage extended to 1.6s over the next few laps, with it growing to over two seconds when Bezzecchi and Gardner locked horns over second.

The VR46 rider got the run on Gardner into Turn 3 on lap 16, but the Australian was late on the anchors on his SAG machine and forced Bezzecchi to repeat his move down into Turn 4.

Once ahead of Gardner, Bezzecchi was able to put a few bike lengths between the pair and began to erode Martin’s lead.

Bezzecchi got the gap down to 1.5s on lap 19, with it dipping underneath a second for the first time two tours later.

As they started the final lap, Martin’s lead stood at just three tenths over the hard-charging Bezzecchi.

Martin was brilliantly defensive over the final lap and denied Bezzecchi on the run to the line before being demoted to second for exceeding track limits on the last tour.

That gave Bezzecchi his maiden Moto2 triumph and ensured two wins for VR46 riders in the Styrian GP following Celestino Vietti’s Moto3 victory.

Gardner completed the podium for the first time this season, with Nagashima and Tom Luthi (Intact GP) rounding out the top five.

Xavi Vierge was sixth on the Petronas Sprinta Kalex ahead of Luca Marini, who holds an eight-point championship lead over Martin and 10th-placed Enea Bastianini.

Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta) and Pons’ Hector Garzo slotted in between Marini and Bastianini at the finish.

Marc VDS’ Sam Lowes was given the black flag for causing a collision with Somkiat Chantra (Honda Team Asia) and Speed Up’s Jorge Navarro at Turn 3 on lap three – though the Briton crashed on the following tour just as the Race Direction message came through.

Moto2 Styria results – 25 laps

PosRiderTeamBikeGap
1Marco BezzecchiSKY Racing Team VR46Kalex/Triumph37m12.461s
2Jorge MartinRed Bull KTM AjoKalex/Triumph-0.060
3Remy GardnerONEXOX TKKR SAG TeamKalex/Triumph1.027s
4Tetsuta NagashimaRed Bull KTM AjoKalex/Triumph1.974s
5Thomas LuthiLiqui Moly Intact GPKalex/Triumph3.230s
6Xavi ViergePetronas Sprinta RacingKalex/Triumph6.196s
7Luca MariniSKY Racing Team VR46Kalex/Triumph8.634s
8Jake DixonPetronas Sprinta RacingKalex/Triumph9.005s
9Hector GarzoFlexbox HP 40Kalex/Triumph9.620s
10Enea BastianiniItaltrans Racing TeamKalex/Triumph10.051s
11Marcel SchrotterLiqui Moly Intact GPKalex/Triumph10.238s
12Joe RobertsTennor American RacingKalex/Triumph14.857s
13Nicolo BulegaFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Kalex/Triumph17.968s
14Stefano ManziMV Agusta Forward RacingMV Agusta/Triumph20.956s
15Lorenzo BaldassarriFlexbox HP 40Kalex/Triumph21.189s
16Marcos RamirezTennor American RacingKalex/Triumph21.497s
17Lorenzo Dalla PortaItaltrans Racing TeamKalex/Triumph26.471s
18Fabio Di Giannantonio+Ego Speed UpSpeed Up/Triumph26.952s
19Edgar PonsFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Kalex/Triumph29.400s
20Simone CorsiMV Agusta Forward RacingMV Agusta/Triumph30.859s
21Kasma KasmayudinONEXOX TKKR SAG TeamKalex/Triumph43.828s
22Alejandro MedinaOpenbank Aspar TeamSpeed Up/Triumph55.353s
23Andi IzdiharIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaKalex/Triumph1m00.005s
24Bo BendsneyderNTS RW Racing GPNTS/Triumph1m10.576s
Dominique AegerterNTS RW Racing GPNTS/TriumphRetirement
Augusto FernandezEG 0,0 Marc VDSKalex/TriumphRetirement
Sam LowesEG 0,0 Marc VDSKalex/TriumphDisqualified
Jorge Navarro+Ego Speed UpSpeed Up/TriumphRetirement
Somkiat ChantraIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaKalex/TriumphRetirement
Aron CanetOpenbank Aspar TeamSpeed Up/TriumphRetirement

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