Martin wins after race red-flagged for massive crash

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The race was red-flagged on lap four after championship leader Enea Bastianini crashed exiting the first corner, with Aspar rider Syahrin hitting the stricken Italtrans bike.

The Malaysian was taken to the medical centre for checks, where he is reported to have only suffered some bruising having not lost consciousness at any point during the incident.

Edgar Pons (Gresini) hit some debris from the demolished bikes and was sent into Honda Team Asia’s Andi Farid Izdihar – both of whom unable to take the restart along with Syharin and Bastianini.

Having led from second on the grid in the early laps, Ajo KTM rider Martin started from pole for the 13-lap restart and assumed control from the off ahead of VR46 rider Luca Marini.

Martin and Marini quickly opened up a gap of over a second to the chasing Remy Gardner in third.

The SAG rider and poleman’s podium charge ended on lap five of the restart when he crashed at the first corner.

At the front, Martin had extended his advantage over Marini to eight tenths, with that gap continuing to ride to over two seconds in the final tours.

Martin would come under no threat on the run to the chequered flag to secure his maiden win in the Moto2 class, while Marini claimed a smart second position to take a five-point lead in the championship.

Gardner’s accident left Marcel Schrotter in a comfortable third on the Intact GP Kalex, with the battle behind between Xavi Vierge, Sam Lowes and Marc Bezzecchi ensuring Schrotter would go unchallenged.

Vierge led that battle for fourth on the final lap, with contact between Marc VDS’ Lowes and VR46 rider Bezzecchi on the straight between Turns 3 and 4 seemingly giving the Petronas Sprinta rider the breathing space he needed.

But Lowes reeled in Vierge through the final few corners and overhauled Viegre on the run to the line after the latter made a mistake at the last corner to grab fourth, with Bezzecchi sixth.

Bezzecchi’s contact with Lowes left the former incensed on the cooldown lap, with the pair exchanging views as they rode back to pitlane.

Tom Luthi was seventh on the sister Intact GP bike, with Pons’ Augusto Fernandez, Aspar’s Aron Canet and Joe Roberts on the American Racing Team machine completed the top 10.

Moto2 Austria results – 13 laps

PosRiderTeamGap
1Jorge MartinRed Bull KTM Ajo19m24.723s
2Luca MariniSKY Racing Team VR462.195s
3Marcel SchrotterLiqui Moly Intact GP4.782s
4Sam LowesEG 0,0 Marc VDS7.249s
5Xavi ViergePetronas Sprinta Racing7.325s
6Marco BezzecchiSKY Racing Team VR467.771s
7Thomas LuthiLiqui Moly Intact GP9.405s
8Augusto FernandezEG 0,0 Marc VDS9.598s
9Aron CanetInde Aspar Team Moto210.023s
10Joe RobertsTennor American Racing10.890s
11Lorenzo BaldassarriFlexbox HP 4011.170s
12Dominique AegerterNTS RW Racing GP11.803s
13Somkiat ChantraIdemitsu Honda Team Asia13.002s
14Jake DixonPetronas Sprinta Racing13.385s
15Hector GarzoFlexbox HP 4015.865s
16Nicolo BulegaFederal Oil Gresini Moto215.897s
17Stefano ManziMV Agusta Forward Racing15.913s
18Marcos RamirezTennor American Racing16.222s
19Lorenzo Dalla PortaItaltrans Racing Team18.830s
20Simone CorsiMV Agusta Forward Racing22.614s
21Fabio Di GiannantonioBeta Tools – Speed Up Racing25.079s
22Bo BendsneyderNTS RW Racing GP29.300s
23Kasma KasmayudinONEXOX TKKR SAG Team36.648s
Remy GardnerONEXOX TKKR SAG TeamRetirement
Tetsuta NagashimaRed Bull KTM AjoRetirement
Jorge NavarroBeta Tools – Speed Up RacingRetirement
Hafizh SyahrinInde Aspar Team Moto2Retirement
Edgar PonsFederal Oil Gresini Moto2Retirement
Andi IzdiharIdemitsu Honda Team AsiaRetirement
Enea BastianiniItaltrans Racing TeamRetirement

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