Styrian GP: Martin takes maiden victory during restarted action

Pramac Ducati’s Jorge Martin claimed his maiden MotoGP victory at the Red Bull Ring ahead of Joan Mir and Fabio Quartararo.

After the injuries, missed races, and two starts, Jorge Martin converted pole position into a great first victory at today’s Styrian GP.

Martin’s experienced a tumultuous 2021 season after he suffered a gruesome injury back in Portugal. The Pramac bike was fast all weekend, and Martin obliged by cashing in to triumph, although it didn’t come easy.

Martin lurched slowly off the line at the start; it allowed Pecco Bagnaia to snatch the lead away from him.

As the lead group battled in the early stages, wildcard rider Dani Pedrosa dropped it on the exit of turn three.

His stricken bike got hit by Lorenzo Savadori’s Aprilia; the impact resulted in a plume of flames engulfing the track. Thankfully, both riders were ok.

Predictably, the race got red-flagged and restarted.

It provided Martin with another chance to nail the start. This time, the rookie did so.

He leapt off the line ahead of Bagnaia, Fabio Quartararo, and Joan Mir.

Bagnaia tried to challenge Martin, but his gamble on the softer tyre cost him as he plummeted down the order. Mir edged ahead of Quartararo, the World Champion, then attempted to hunt down Martin.

Ultimately, it proved fruitless; Martin displayed superb composure and consistency to take his first win for Pramac Racing.

Mir capped off a good weekend for Suzuki with a solid second place after the summer break.

Championship leader Quartararo rounded out the top-three with third place. His teammate Maverick Vinales was in the mix before the red flag; then, his race fell apart.

Vinales stalled on the grid for the second restart; he got forced to start from the pitlane, which ended his chances of a strong result.

Ducati headed into race day with plenty of optimism; the confidence fell away rapidly.

Bagnaia lacked pace, while Jack Miller was running in third before crashing out and ending up in the gravel.

In the late stages, Johann Zarco also ran out of rear grip; his sixth-place finish means he loses more ground on Quartararo in the championship.

Provisional Classification

1 89 Jorge Martin Ducati 27 Laps – – Lap from P1 Interval 25 Points
2 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 27 1.548s 1.548s 1.548 20
3 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 27 9.632s 9.632s 8.084 16
4 33 Brad Binder KTM 27 12.771s 12.771s 3.139 13
5 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 27 12.923s 12.923s 0.152 11
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 27 13.031s 13.031s 0.108 10
7 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 27 14.839s 14.839s 1.808 9
8 93 Marc Marquez Honda 27 17.953s 17.953s 3.114 8
9 73 Alex Marquez Honda 27 19.059s 19.059s 1.106 7
10 26 Dani Pedrosa KTM 27 19.389s 19.389s 0.330 6
11 63 Francesco Bagnaia Ducati 27 21.667s 21.667s 2.278 5
12 23 Enea Bastianini Ducati 27 25.267s 25.267s 3.600 4
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 27 26.282s 26.282ss 1.015 3
14 10 Luca Marini Ducati 27 27.492s 27.492s 1.210 2
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 27 31.076s 31.076s 3.584 1
16 44 Pol Espargaro Honda 27 31.150s 31.150s 0.074
17 35 Cal Crutchlow Yamaha 27 40.408s 40.408s 9.258
18 9 Danilo Petrucci KTM 27 48.114s 48.114s 7.706
19 12 Maverick ViƱales Yamaha 27 1m03.149s 1m03.149s 15.035
DNF 43 Jack Miller Ducati 18 Retirement
DNF 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 14 Retirement
DNF 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 4 Retirement
DNF 32 Lorenzo Savadori Aprilia 0