Ducati Francesco Bagnaia put in a solid performance to win the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, while the world championship leader Fabio Quartararo stormed into second place on his Yamaha with a late push.
It was the third consecutive victory for Bagnaia after their victories at the British GP and the Dutch GP. The Italian finished 0.492 seconds ahead of Quartararo, while Jack Miller completed the podium.
Starting second on the grid, Bagnaia got off to a blistering start at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring by passing Gresini Racing’s poleman Enea Bastianini on the opening lap.
Bastianini dropped further to fourth on lap six when Bagnaia teammate Miller and Jorge Martin made progress before he was forced to end his race due to a deflated front tire after rolling his motorcycle in the gravel.
Martin had looked set for a podium but ran wide at the chicane on lap 17, giving up third place to Yamaha rider Quartararo.
Quartararo then put pressure on Miller for second place and came through with less than three laps to go after pulling off a stunning move in the middle of the chicane.