Austria Moto2: Martin wins after race red-flagged for massive crash

Jorge Martin dominated a shortened Austrian Grand Prix to claim his first Moto2 win, after the race was red-flagged for a horror incident for Hafizh Syahrin

Austria Moto2: Martin wins after race red-flagged for massive crash

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

Pos Rider Team Gap
1 Jorge Martin Red Bull KTM Ajo 19m24.723s
2 Luca Marini SKY Racing Team VR46 2.195s
3 Marcel Schrotter Liqui Moly Intact GP 4.782s
4 Sam Lowes EG 0,0 Marc VDS 7.249s
5 Xavi Vierge Petronas Sprinta Racing 7.325s
6 Marco Bezzecchi SKY Racing Team VR46 7.771s
7 Thomas Luthi Liqui Moly Intact GP 9.405s
8 Augusto Fernandez EG 0,0 Marc VDS 9.598s
9 Aron Canet Inde Aspar Team Moto2 10.023s
10 Joe Roberts Tennor American Racing 10.890s
11 Lorenzo Baldassarri Flexbox HP 40 11.170s
12 Dominique Aegerter NTS RW Racing GP 11.803s
13 Somkiat Chantra Idemitsu Honda Team Asia 13.002s
14 Jake Dixon Petronas Sprinta Racing 13.385s
15 Hector Garzo Flexbox HP 40 15.865s
16 Nicolo Bulega Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 15.897s
17 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta Forward Racing 15.913s
18 Marcos Ramirez Tennor American Racing 16.222s
19 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Italtrans Racing Team 18.830s
20 Simone Corsi MV Agusta Forward Racing 22.614s
21 Fabio Di Giannantonio Beta Tools - Speed Up Racing 25.079s
22 Bo Bendsneyder NTS RW Racing GP 29.300s
23 Kasma Kasmayudin ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team 36.648s
- Remy Gardner ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Retirement
- Tetsuta Nagashima Red Bull KTM Ajo Retirement
- Jorge Navarro Beta Tools - Speed Up Racing Retirement
- Hafizh Syahrin Inde Aspar Team Moto2 Retirement
- Edgar Pons Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Retirement
- Andi Izdihar Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Retirement
- Enea Bastianini Italtrans Racing Team Retirement

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Series Moto2
Drivers Jorge Martin
Author Lewis Duncan