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MotoGP World Championship – Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix13.08.2018

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Another top ten for Mir

For the seventh time since the start of the season, Joan Mir finished the race in the top ten. Eighth in Austria, the Moto3 world champion is now only three points behind Lorenzo Baldassari.

The Races

In difficulty during the practice test sessions and only twentieth on the Moto2 grid, Joan Mir had a great start and overtook a dozen other contenders in the first lap of the race. “We improved the behaviour of the bike in the warm-up but I still missed one or two tenths each lap,” said the young “rookie” who won the Moto3 race on the Spielberg circuit last year. Despite the lack of grip on the rear wheel, Mir managed to climb back to eighth place. In the fight for the podium with Luca Marini, Alex Marquez fell in the last corner of the last lap … “I was ready to accept a fourth place when I lost control of the front wheel”, regretted the Spaniard at the end of the Austrian motorcycle Grand Prix. In MotoGP, Franco Morbidelli finished 19th while Tom Lüthi took the chequered flag in twenty-second place, almost one minute behind winner Jorge Lorenzo.

The Championship

Still third overall in the Moto2 category, Álex Márquez is now seventy-three points behind Miguel Oliveira and seventy-six points behind the leader, Francesco Bagnaia. After finishing sixth, Joan Mir is now only three points behind Lorenzo Baldassari. In MotoGP, no change for Franco Morbidelli, still seventeenth overall and second in the ranking of “rookies” two points behind Syahrin. Nothing new for Lüthi who still has not managed to open his points counter.

The Background

Whether in MotoGP or Moto2, the riders of Team Estrella Galicia 0.0 Marc VDS suffered more than the others from the poor weather conditions in which the free practice sessions of the Austrian Grand Prix took place. With a lot of rain and few dry laps, Morbidelli and Lüthi in MotoGP, and Mir in Moto2, had a hard time adjusting their bikes before the race. “We made progress during the warm-up but it was not enough,” regretted the current Moto3 world champion at the finish. For Morbidelli, in addition to a tune-up that could have been better, the wrong tyres were chosen, once again due to the lack of riding on a dry track. “We did not have enough time to evaluate all the possible choices and our lack of experience cost us dearly,” said the Moto2 world champion. “I set out with a soft tyre on the rear wheel, and from the start I had less grip than the riders who were in the same group as me. The grip continued to deteriorate right to the finish, and I quickly realized that I had made the wrong choice.”

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