What am I going to write about this race? A thousand sentences go through my mind how I could start. The accident. The re-start. The victory of Dovizioso. So much has happened for just one race.
The accident – Petronas Yamaha SRT rider Franco Morbidelli hit the rear wheel of Johan Zarco in front of him at the fastest point of the track. The two riders fell. With a lot of luck the flying around, completely destroyed motorcycles caught no other riders. The two Yamaha factory riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales could just duck away. They were missed by the motorcycles only by inches.
Johan Zarco remained unharmed. Franco Morbidelli was taken to the ambulance on a stretcher. The race was interrupted. The shock was obviously in everyone’s bones. Because so much more could have happened. This weekend has shown us once again how dangerous this sport is. Luckily, it turned out well for everyone.
The re-start – After a short interruption the race was started again. 20 laps had to be completed. Also in this race there were retirements. After a driving mistake, Pol Espargaro collided with Miguel Oliveira. Both crashed. Both gave away the promising positions. Both blamed each other for the accident. Suzuki driver Alex Rins also crashed in a promising position. For him the dream of a podium ended in the gravel bed.
The victory – The winner in Austria, was a pilot who caused a big surprise yesterday. Andrea Dovizioso surprised yesterday with his departure from the Ducati factory team at the end of the season. Today he surprised with his third consecutive victory in Austria. For Ducati it was the 50th victory in the MotoGP class. After the victory ceremony Dovisioso quickly made it clear that there is no turning back for him now. Next year he will ride for another team. Which one that is, is still in the stars.
This race offered so much and leaves us with many thoughts. I’m curious what we can expect next week. Fewer crashes would be enough for me.
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