Joan Mir took advantage of his rivals tripping each other over to pull away, then manage his lead in the Moto3 Austrian Grand Prix.

The Leopard rider had started tenth on the grid after losing his best lap in qualifying for exceeding the track limit and as the lead at the front chopped and changed he set about charging to the front on his Honda.

Mir hit the front with eighteen laps to go and didn’t look back, pulling out a huge lead which was over four seconds at its biggest, to lead over the line by 3.045s.

This is Mir’s seventh win of the season, equalling Brad Binder’s record for most victories in one season if Moto3 at just round eleven at the scene of his first ever first place in the class in 2016.

The Spaniard extends his championship lead to 215 a 64 point advantage over nearest rival Romano Fenati, who was 13th.

Philipp Oettl (Sudmetall Schedl GP) came home in second as top KTM after a fiery run at the front of the chasing group, it is his the Germans first ever second place and just his second podium finish.

An incredibly emotional Jorge Martin slipped into third by just eight thousandths at the chequered flag.

The Gresini Honda fighter has been hobbling around the paddock and fighting pain since picking up an ankle fracture in practice back at the German Grand Prix.

Unable to race last weekend the Spaniard was overjoyed to be back on the podium after his struggle with fitness.

Just missing out after their battle was Livio Loi in fourth for Leopard, marking a great day for the team who also claimed the win.

Aron Canet fell as low as twelfth in the race but fought back for fifth for Estrella Galicia 0,0, with Del Conca Gresini’s second bike in sixth thanks to some great overtakes for Fabio Di Giannantonio.

Adam Norrodin (SIC Racing Team)found his way to eighth as the riders in the pack tussled away, while close behind was the injured Darryn Binder’s replacement at Platimum Bay Real Estate, Jaume Masia.

The sixteen year-old impressed on his debut and even briefly took charge at the front of the lead group before battling and beating Enea Bastianini (Estrella Galicia 0,0) over the course of the final lap.

Nicolo Bulega came into contention but missed out on a top ten finish, eleventh atthe chequered flag for Sky Racing Team VR46.

RBA’s Marcos Ramirez returned to the scene of his grand prix debut last year and claimed twelfth on the second Platinum Bay Real Estate machine.

Fenati’s soft rear tyre gamble didn’t pay off, running wide on his Marinelli Rivacold Snipers bike on his way to 13th and failing to eradictae the bad memories of not running the race last year after falling out with the VR46 team.

The remaining points on offer went to Juanfran Guevara (RBA BOE Racing) in 14th and Kaito Toba (Honda Team Asia) in 15th, just his second points finish of the season.

Wild-card Max Kofler finished 23rd, fairing much better than the returning Gabriel Martinez-Abrigo who was the first faller.

With nine laps to go Nico Antonelli found himself collected by the flipping bike of Tatsuki Suzuki, while at the front Bo Bendsneyder collected John McPhee after hitting him from behind as they went through turn one at the start of the next lap.

Nakarin Atiratphuvapat, Marco Bezzacchi and Albert Arenas all extited in the final lap.


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