Austrian GP: Hat-trick hero Bagnaia closes gap with Quartararo

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Quick
off
the
blocks

Bagnaia
was
quick
off
the
mark
to
take
the
lead
from
Bastianini,
who
was
starting
on
pole
for
the
first
time
in
his
career
but
failed
to
finish
due
to
a
deflated
front
tyre.

There
was
further
drama
on
the
opening
lap
as
Joan
Mir,
starting
in
eighth,
crashed
out
at
turn
four

his
sixth
abandonment
of
the
season,
and
the
most
of
any
rider.

Miller in mix

Miller
in
mix

Miller
temporarily
took
the
lead
from
Bagnaia
with
21
laps
to
go,
but
the
Italian
instantly
hit
back
and
his
fifth
triumph
of
the
season

a
personal
record

was
never
in
doubt.

But
in
what
could
yet
prove
a
big
moment
in
the
championship
battle,
Quartararo
produced
a
late
rally
to
climb
from
an
early
sixth
into
an
eventual
second
place.

Late charge

Late
charge

The
reigning
MotoGP
world
champion
climbed
above
Miller,
who
held
on
for
third,
while
Jorge
Martin
recovered
slightly
from
a
crash
early
on
the
final
lap
to
finish
10th.

Quartararo
did
not
quite
have
enough
left
to
catch
Bagnaia,
however,
with
half
a
second
separating
the
pair
in
the
end
to
ensure
the
title
battle
remains
alive
and
well.

Over to Misano

Over
to
Misano

The
MotoGP
caravan
now
moves
to
the
Misano
World
Circuit
Marco
Simoncelli
for
the
San
Marino
Grand
Prix
to
be
held
on
on
September
4.


RESULTS
(TOP
10)

1.
Francesco
Bagnaia
(Ducati)

2.
Fabio
Quartararo
(Monster
Energy
Yamaha)
+0.492
3.
Jack
Miller
(Ducati)
+2.163

4.
Luca
Marini
(Mooney
VR46)
+8.348

5.
Johann
Zarco
(Pramac
Racing)
+8.821

6.
Alex
Espargaro
(Aprilia)
+11.287

7.
Brad
Binder
(Red
Bull
KTM)
+11.642

8.
Alex
Rins
(Suzuki
Ecstar)
+11.780

9.
Marco
Bezzecchi
(Mooney
VR46)
+16.987

10.
Jorge
Martin
(Pramac
Racing)
+17.144


STANDINGS


(Riders)

1.
Fabio
Quartararo
(Monster
Energy
Yamaha)

200

2.
Aleix
Espargaro
(Aprilia)

168

3.
Francesco
Bagnaia
(Ducati)

156

4.
Johann
Zarco
(Pramac
Racing)

125

5.
Jack
Miller
(Ducati)

123


(Teams)

1.
Ducati

279

2.
Aprilia
Racing

253

3.
Monster
Energy
Yamaha

226

4.
Pramac
Racing

212

5.
Red
Bull
KTM

192

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