Brad Binder took his first victory of the season at Red Bull Ring in Austria, the home of KTM, after a difficult first half to the season that has not seen him regularly fighting for wins as he was in 2018. The South African led from start to finish, holding his nerve at the front as those behind him lost theirs, Remy Gardner, Luca Marini and Enea Bastianini all crashing out. Xavi Vierge took out pole man Tetsuta Nagashima early in the race, leaving Moto2 series leader Álex Márquez to come through from the third row to finish second and extend his advantage over Thomas Luthi, sixth today, by ten points.
Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team riders Jake Dixon and Xavi Cardelús completed a hard-fought race in Austria, battling head to head with their closest rivals and finishing 18th and 26th respectively. The British rider struggled with a vibration on the rear tyre, which made it hard for him to fight further up the pack, whilst Cardelús was happy with his performance after battling throughout with Nagoe and Tulovic. The next race for the Sama Qatar Ángel Nieto Team will take place on 25th August at Silverstone.
18th Jake Dixon:
“We had the same problem as Brno, with a big vibration from the rear tyre. I don’t know how I managed to finish the race because I was right on the limit. It is something we need to fix for Silverstone and hopefully improve the bike in other ways, like we did under braking here. We have had one less session than everybody else here so I couldn’t do much more. I gave everything I had in that race.”
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