Moto2 Styria: Martin track limits mistake hands first win to Bezzecchi

Jorge Martin was robbed of a Styrian Grand Prix Moto2 victory after he exceeded track limits on the last lap, gifting a maiden win to VR46 rider Marco Bezzecchi

Moto2 Styria: Martin track limits mistake hands first win to Bezzecchi

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

Pos Rider Team Bike Gap
1 Marco Bezzecchi SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex/Triumph 37m12.461s
2 Jorge Martin Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex/Triumph -0.060
3 Remy Gardner ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex/Triumph 1.027s
4 Tetsuta Nagashima Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex/Triumph 1.974s
5 Thomas Luthi Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex/Triumph 3.230s
6 Xavi Vierge Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex/Triumph 6.196s
7 Luca Marini SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex/Triumph 8.634s
8 Jake Dixon Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex/Triumph 9.005s
9 Hector Garzo Flexbox HP 40 Kalex/Triumph 9.620s
10 Enea Bastianini Italtrans Racing Team Kalex/Triumph 10.051s
11 Marcel Schrotter Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex/Triumph 10.238s
12 Joe Roberts Tennor American Racing Kalex/Triumph 14.857s
13 Nicolo Bulega Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex/Triumph 17.968s
14 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta/Triumph 20.956s
15 Lorenzo Baldassarri Flexbox HP 40 Kalex/Triumph 21.189s
16 Marcos Ramirez Tennor American Racing Kalex/Triumph 21.497s
17 Lorenzo Dalla Porta Italtrans Racing Team Kalex/Triumph 26.471s
18 Fabio Di Giannantonio +Ego Speed Up Speed Up/Triumph 26.952s
19 Edgar Pons Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex/Triumph 29.400s
20 Simone Corsi MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta/Triumph 30.859s
21 Kasma Kasmayudin ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team Kalex/Triumph 43.828s
22 Alejandro Medina Openbank Aspar Team Speed Up/Triumph 55.353s
23 Andi Izdihar Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex/Triumph 1m00.005s
24 Bo Bendsneyder NTS RW Racing GP NTS/Triumph 1m10.576s
- Dominique Aegerter NTS RW Racing GP NTS/Triumph Retirement
- Augusto Fernandez EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex/Triumph Retirement
- Sam Lowes EG 0,0 Marc VDS Kalex/Triumph Disqualified
- Jorge Navarro +Ego Speed Up Speed Up/Triumph Retirement
- Somkiat Chantra Idemitsu Honda Team Asia Kalex/Triumph Retirement
- Aron Canet Openbank Aspar Team Speed Up/Triumph Retirement

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Series Moto2
Drivers Jorge Martin , Marco Bezzecchi
Author Lewis Duncan