Austria Moto3: Bezzecchi holds off heroic Martin to win

David Gruz

Bezzecchi led all 23 laps of the race from pole, as he headed a four-bike pack made up of Martin, Jaume Masia and Albert Arenas for most of the race.

The Italian only lost first place for two corners when Martin passed him at Turn 3 on lap 20, but Bezzecchi quickly responded and retook the lead.

Martin, who had fractured his left hand in a practice crash a week ago at Brno, had to settle for third in the end.

He was passed by Masia and Enea Bastianini on the last lap, but reclaimed third after a forceful move on the former into the final corner.

Stewards investigated the manoeuvre as Masia had been run out wide, but opted to take no further action.

Bastianini completed a strong late-race charge to second, despite having trailed the lead group until the penultimate lap.

Albert Arenas and Lorenzo Dalla Porta took advantage of the Martin - Masia scrap to pick up fourth and fifth respectively.

Ayumu Sasaki took his best finish of the season in seventh, followed by Gabriel Rodrigo, Tony Arbolino and Aron Canet.

Title contender Fabio di Giannantonio, who took his maiden win at Brno last time around, had to settle for only 11th.

The only rider to crash was Andrea Migno at Turn 10.

Race results

Cla # Rider Bike Laps Time Gap
1 12  Marco Bezzecchi  KTM 23 37'13.198  
2 33  Enea Bastianini  Honda 23 37'13.671 0.473
3 88  Jorge Martin  Honda 23 37'13.742 0.544
4 75  Albert Arenas  KTM 23 37'14.571 1.373
5 48  Lorenzo Dalla Porta  Honda 23 37'14.619 1.421
6 5  Jaume Masia  KTM 23 37'14.717 1.519
7 71  Ayumu Sasaki  Honda 23 37'21.783 8.585
8 19  Gabriel Rodrigo  KTM 23 37'21.856 8.658
9 14  Tony Arbolino  Honda 23 37'21.889 8.691
10 44  Aron Canet  Honda 23 37'22.007 8.809
11 21  Fabio Di Giannantonio  Honda 23 37'22.022 8.824
12 17  John McPhee  KTM 23 37'22.142 8.944
13 84  Jakub Kornfeil  KTM 23 37'22.869 9.671
14 65  Philipp Ottl  KTM 23 37'27.883 14.685
15 42  Marcos Ramirez  KTM 23 37'27.895 14.697
16 27  Kaito Toba  Honda 23 37'32.575 19.377
17 7  Adam Norrodin  Honda 23 37'32.617 19.419
18 24  Tatsuki Suzuki  Honda 23 37'32.702 19.504
19 40  Darryn Binder  KTM 23 37'32.748 19.550
20 32 Ai Ogura  Honda 23 37'32.800 19.602
21 22 Kazuki Mazaki  KTM 23 37'32.904 19.706
22 23  Niccolo Antonelli  Honda 23 37'33.179 19.981
23 8  Nicolo Bulega  KTM 23 37'36.617 23.419
24 72 Alonso Lopez  Honda 23 37'37.254 24.056
25 77  Vicente Perez  KTM 23 37'40.832 27.634
26 10  Dennis Foggia  KTM 23 37'40.945 27.747
27 81 Stefano Nepa  KTM 23 37'49.136 35.938
28 41  Nakarin Atiratphuvapat  Honda 23 38'00.066 46.868
29 73  Maximilian Kofler  KTM 23 38'00.487 47.289
  16  Andrea Migno  KTM 11 18'06.777 12 Laps