Lecuona brings home strong 9th at Red Bull Ring, Oliveira crashes out of 6th
Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Iker Lecuona delivered a great performance on race day in Austria. The MotoGP rookie, who was starting from 16th before and after the race was red flagged showed a decent rhythm throughout the dramatic Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich. The Spaniard made up several positions and kept his strong pace to the flag, collecting his first seven points in the premier class.
Meanwhile Miguel Oliveira showed a stunning speed in the opening laps to be well placed in fifth when the race was interrupted. Following the restart, he had to give away one position, but was fighting bravely in sixth place until an unfortunate incident with brand colleague Pol Espargaro ended his hopes for a great result at the Red Bull Ring.
“I have to admit, that I’m quite surprised about today. In the Warm Up this morning, I did quite a lot of mistakes. The race was truly difficult as well, but honestly, I’m very happy, because it’s the first race, I could finish in the MotoGP. I lost a bit of ground in the beginning, but after the first two laps, I improved. I had a good pace, I went to overtake some riders and was close to the points. After the restart, I just focused on not losing positions, so I kept my place and even improved it as my pace was very good. I was fighting all race long with many riders and managed the gap to Fabio Quartararo. In the end, I’m really, really happy, because I finished inside the top 9! For me it was perfect!”
“This is a tough result. For sure, we showed a lot of speed today and I think we would have been able to get a very good outcome for the team. Unfortunately, Pol was struggling to stop the bike and I saw he was going wide in a few corners, so in turn four I saw he went really, really wide, therefore I just went on the inside. Normally, when a rider goes out, you try to take advantage of it and somehow, he returned very quick and we both collided. There is no way I see I could have avoided the crash. It’s just a shame for this non-result, but we have another chance next week, so we start to focus on that.”