MotoGP, Martín empoche sa première victoire au GP de Styrie !

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Et dire qu’il s’agissait seulement de son sixième départ en catégorie reine…

JORGE MARTIN, SPA, PRAMAC RACING, DUCATI, P1. Pht Michelin Motorsport

Une météo au bout du compte relativement clémente

La pluie, qui menaçait de s’abattre ce dimanche sur le tracé du Red Bull Ring, aura finalement épargné les pilotes, de quoi nous offrir un joli spectacle et Ducati reprenait possession des lieux, mais à la surprise générale avec… Jorge Martín (Pramac Racing) !

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Le Madrilène, auteur de débuts très remarqués en MotoGP™, revient à vrai dire de loin, puisqu’une violente chute survenue courant avril l’avait fait manquer quatre Grands Prix. Cette prestation s’inscrivait tout de même dans la continuité de cette pole établie la veille…

JORGE MARTIN, SPA, PRAMAC RACING, DUCATI, Première victoire en MotoGP. Pht. Michelin Motorsport

Une interruption après seulement trois tours

À l’extinction des feux, Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) signait tout d’abord le meilleur envol devant l’Espagnol. Et tandis que les deux Desmosedici commençaient déjà à creuser un certain écart, derrière la bataille faisait rage entre Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) et Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) pour les places d’honneur.

JOAN MIR, SPA, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, SUZUKI, P2. Pht. Michelin Motorsport.

Oui mais voilà tout sera à refaire, car pendant ce temps-là Dani Pedrosa (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) laissait échapper sa RC16 dans le virage 3 et Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) n’était en mesure de l’éviter. Les deux prototypes s’embrasaient, provoquant le déploiement immédiat des drapeaux rouges. La course sera d’ailleurs interrompue l’équivalent de 30 minutes, le temps pour les commissaires de nettoyer la piste. Si Dani Pedrosa parvenait à repartir sur sa seconde moto, Lorenzo Savadori était pour sa part contraint de jeter l’éponge. On apprendra plus tard qu’il s’était fracturé la malléole droite et qu’il devra se faire opérer.

FABIO QUARTARARO, FRA, MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA, YAMAHA, P3. Pht. Michelin Motorsport.

Course irréprochable de Martín

Un autre départ sera du coup donné, lequel profitera à Jorge Martín, bien que Jack Miller s’invitait un très court instant en tête. De son côté, Francesco Bagnaia dégringolait au classement, débordé successivement par Fabio Quartararo, Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing), Alex Márquez (LCR Honda Castrol) et Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu).

BRAD BINDER, RSA, RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING, KTM, P4. Pht. Michelin Motorsport

Après cinq boucles, Jorge Martín décidait alors de se débarrasser de Joan Mir, puis de Jack Miller. Sentant la menace se profiler, le Champion du Monde s’empressait de lui emboîter le pas. Il sera le seul à pouvoir suivre son rythme. Fabio Quartararo prenait beaucoup plus tard l’ascendant sur l’Australien, qui lui offrira le champ libre en partant au tapis.

TAKAAKI NAKAGAMI, JPN, LCR HONDA IDEMITSU, HONDA, P5. Pht. Michelin Motorsport.

Parallèlement, Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), qui avait calé dans son tour de mise en grille et qui s’était élancé de la pitlane, écopait d’un Long Lap Penalty, tout comme le binôme Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) – Iker Lecuona (Tech3 KTM Factory Racing).

JOHANN ZARCO, FRA, PRAMAC RACING, DUCATI, P6. Pht. Michelin Motorsport.

Hormis ces remontées tardives de Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) et de Takaaki Nakagami sur Johann Zarco pour le gain des quatrième et cinquième positions, la hiérarchie n’évoluera plus. Jorge Martín aura en effet eu les reins suffisamment solides pour résister à Joan Mir et s’imposer, alors que son compteur affichait à peine cinq épreuves.

ALEX RINS, SPA, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, SUZUKI, P7. Pht. Michelin Motorsport.

La bonne opération de Quartararo

Joan Mir se contentait quant à lui du second rang, devant Fabio Quartararo, qui réalise malgré tout une bonne opération au Championnat ; Francesco Bagnaia n’ayant fait mieux que 11e compte tenu de ces trois secondes de pénalité. L’avance d’El Diablo se porte ainsi à 40 points sur Johann Zarco et à 51 sur Joan Mir.

MARC MARQUEZ, SPA, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, HONDA, P8. Pht. Michelin Motorsport.

Alex Rins terminait de son côté septième, à quelques encablures du trio Brad Binder – Takaaki Nakagami – Johann Zarco. Marc Márquez, Alex Márquez et Dani Pedrosa complétaient le Top 10 du jour. La prochaine course aura lieu le week-end prochain sur ce même tracé, dénommée GP d’Autriche.

JOAN MIR, SPA, P2 / JORGE MARTIN, SPA, P1 / FABIO QUARTARARO, FRA,
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Comme nous l’avons annoncé, dans un précèdent article sur la retraite sportive de Valentino Rossi, en respect au grand champion et jusqu’à la fin de la saison nous publions une photo de la légende. 26 ans de présence en GP moto – 14 titres de Champion du Monde – 115 victoires !

VALENTINO ROSSI, ITA, GP de Styrie 2021. Pht. Michelin Motorsport

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Take a bow! Magnificent Martin takes maiden MotoGP victory

In a red-flagged event in Styria, the rookie sensation held off Joan Mir for victory. Championship leader Fabio Quartararo finished thrid

It isn’t always being a MotoGP™ rider. Jorge Martin can tell you that. The Pramac Racing rider spent a significant amount of time in rehab this season as he recovered from injuries sustained in a horror crash earlier this season, but moments like today are ones you could savour for a lifetime.

The rookie sensation showed experience beyond his years to hold off the challenge of World Champion Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) for a maiden premier class win at the Michelin® Grand Prix of Styria. At an event that brought out red flags, Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) also stood on the podium, with the Frenchman extending his Championship lead as a result.

Red flag drama

It was a sensational performance from the poleman, who was able to keep his nerve despite a dramatic backdrop to a thrilling race in Spielberg. A pulsating start to the Grand Prix was brought to a premature end on the second lap when the red flag was waved after Dani Pedrosa (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) highsided and Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) crashed into his loose bike. The Italian was sent flying from his RS-GP, which exploded into flames on-track. Thankfully, both riders walked away from the incident relatively unscathed, with Pedrosa able to take his place on the grid upon the restart. 

On first go, a blockbuster start saw Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) take the holeshot ahead of Martin. There was plenty of aggressive racing too, with Marc Marquez of course at the centre of it. From the off the Repsol Honda rider clashed into Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), with the two having words on the track about it, before Mir and the eight-time Champion collided when the Mallorcan was moving back ahead of him. Simmering into a cracker, the red flags brought a premature end to the contest.

They went again

It took some time to clean up the mess, but eventually, we were good to go again, though not before we had even more drama as Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was penalized with a pitlane start after stalling his M1 on the warm up lap. Eventually, it was lights out for a 27 lap race and Martin took the holeshot, again having to contend with a factory Ducati, this time Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team). Mir got off the line quickly once more and transitioned from third to second over the course of the opening laps at the expense of the Australian, and began his pursuit of Martin.

Just outside the podium places, Quartararo and Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) were engaging in their own Championship top-two battle, and it was the Yamaha man who won this one as he set his sights on the top three, with the Frenchman moving past Miller next. It went from bad to worse for the Aussie, who crashed out of the race with less than 10 laps remaining, handing Quartararo a podium on a plate and all but ending his 2021 MotoGP™ Championship hopes.

At this point, there were no Aprilias on track as Aleix Espargaro joined Savadori, who didn’t make the restart, in the box after retiring early. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was another who failed to take the chequered flag, citing mechanical problems as his reason for returning to the pits early.

Madrid V Mallorca

Back at the front, Martin was showing experience beyond his years to keep Mir at arm’s length, with the Suzuki man waiting for his chance to pounce. However, against the odds, it was the number 36 who made the mistake, getting it wrong at Turn 3 allowing the race leader to widen the gap to over a second, and that was that.

Perhaps with the bigger picture in mind, the World Champion called off the chase, settling for second and making some inroads into the Championship lead, and handing rookie Martin a sensational maiden premier class victory.

The Championship game

Quartararo finished third, his seventh podium in ten outings, but what happened in the battle for fourth could also have a big bearing on the fate of the 2021 Championship. On the final lap, Zarco, second in the title race, sat in P4, but hot on his heels were Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu). By the time they had all taken the chequered flag, the Frenchman had dropped to P6, conceding two positions and some crucial ground in the title race.

Elsewhere, Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) worked his way through the field from a P13 start to finish seventh, while Marc Marquez couldn’t match his bustling start from the first lights out to get into race contention, though he salvaged an eighth-place finish ahead of brother Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol).

It was a hugely disappointing day for Bagnia, who started from P2 on the grid, but got swallowed up on the restart. The Italian was handed a three-second penalty for failing to comply with a long lap penalty and demoted to P11 consequently, meaning Dani Pedrosa finishes in the top 10 in his first race since 2018.

Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama), Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Luca Marini (SKY VR46 Avintia) and Iker Lecuona (Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing) round out the riders among the points. 

So to recap, a rookie winner, a first-ever Ducati satellite, a Red Flag, Championship twists and turns. We’ve missed you MotoGP™, and we cannot wait for the Austrian Grand Prix next week.