2016 Spielberg Moto3 Race Result: New Venues, New Victors

A thrilling first race at the Red Bull Ring broke a fourteen-race record of no winners from pole position in Moto3. The track also saw the first rookie winner of the season, Joan Mir following on his first pole position with a fantastic win for KTM on their home soil.

The result was hardly as straightforward as that, the Spaniard taking the win after a hardly fought race from start to finish with a five-man group switching places every other second. World championship leader Brad Binder finished a close second with Enea Bastianini grabbing yet another podium in the final turn, from Fabio Quartararo, with Philipp Oettl completing the leading group.

Binder had taken the lead at the start but that only lasted about a turn, Bastianini and Mir overtaking him and fighting for the lead while the three were distancing themselves slightly from the rest of the pack. Led by Quartararo and Bagnaia, the pack started to close down on the leaders with twenty laps to go, as Aron Canet was slipping back to finish a disappointing twenty-first.

Quartararo joined the lead group to make it a four-way fight, the Frenchman the fastest of the group but taking his time in attacking. While all the rubbing of elbows at the front was slowing the gang down, Phillip Oettl and Jorge Martin joined the party, with Bagnaia leading the second group half a second away.

With thirteen laps to go, Binder tried to make a break for it while Oettl, Bastianini and the Leopard boys were fighting for every inch of track. His mission was briefly successful but he was dragged back into the fight soon after. Quartararo, Mir, Oettl and Bastianini all got some fresh air at the front, the top five seeing every possible configuration in the final laps, the order changing on every straight and every turn.

Navarro failed to make up many places at the start, yoyo-ing outside of the top ten, around two seconds off the lead pack, in a competitive group with Loi, Bendsneyder, Herrera and the RBA racing duo. The Spanish title contender found some speed halfway through the race and closed the gap, closing in fast on the top five that were disputing the win. With Binder in his eyeline, the Estrella Galicia rider crashed in turn three with five laps to go.

That serves a heavy blow to his title chances, now 67 points behind Brad Binder and opening up the battle for second in the championship. Despite not taking part in the race following a suspension on disciplinary reasons, Romano Fenati keeps his third place for now, the future uncertain for the Italian rider.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 36 Joan MIR KTM 37'23.325
2 41 Brad BINDER KTM +0.279
3 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +0.431
4 20 Fabio QUARTARARO KTM +0.439
5 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +0.600
6 88 Jorge MARTIN Mahindra +4.134
7 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER KTM +4.161
8 4 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +4.970
9 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +4.972
10 11 Livio LOI Honda +5.262
11 21 Francesco BAGNAIA Mahindra +5.415
12 58 Juanfran GUEVARA KTM +5.871
13 55 Andrea LOCATELLI KTM +5.905
14 6 Maria HERRERA KTM +12.775
15 76 Hiroki ONO Honda +12.839
16 95 Jules DANILO Honda +12.942
17 40 Darryn BINDER Mahindra +14.090
18 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda +14.406
19 84 Jakub KORNFEIL Honda +14.517
20 62 Stefano MANZI Mahindra +14.545
21 44 Aron CANET Honda +14.663
22 12 Albert ARENAS Peugeot +17.132
23 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +17.443
24 17 John MCPHEE Peugeot +28.306
25 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM +28.405
26 42 Marcos RAMIREZ Mahindra +40.213
27 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Honda +40.361
28 43 Stefano VALTULINI Mahindra +1'04.040
29 3 Fabio SPIRANELLI Mahindra +1'04.058
30 77 Lorenzo PETRARCA Mahindra +1'04.513
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  9 Jorge NAVARRO Honda 5 Laps
  19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 9 Laps
  53 Marco BEZZECCHI Mahindra 18 Laps
  24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Mahindra 18 Laps


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Brilliant ride by the youngster. I just love Moto3, the event not to be missed. I wish they could wave a magic wand and dump the Moto 2 format in favour of all manufacturer's using 500cc twins with 81mm bore overnight for 2017. How difficult can that be? The blokes put a man on the moon in 1969!

Anyway, I don't miss a heartbeat in GP, nor Moto2, but Moto3 is racing at its finest.

With Fenati effectively out and Navarro bombed out, it is Binder's title to lose. I enjoy the beast (Bastiannini), one very rough and tough racer as Binder has become. How do Aki/KTM/ Binder play it now? I guess that outfit will and should focus race to race with win, win, win being the priority. Eneo Bastianni reminds me much of a young Marco Melandri, for what its worth.

I think Moto 2 should be open to all manufacturers also , kind of silly to have exotic 1000s and 250s and generic 600s , 500 twins would be super cool