Challenging Styrian GP for Quartararo and Morbidelli

2020-08-24 06:41
For the second weekend in a row, Red Bull Ring – Spielberg hosted a race run in two sessions due to red flags, this time brought out on lap 17 when Maverick Viñales crashed at Turn 1. PETRONAS Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli endured a difficult Grand Prix of Styria to finish 13th and 15th.

Although dark clouds threatened rain in the build up to the 28-lap race, it managed to stay dry for when the lights went out on the 900th premier class race. Unfortunately both Quartararo and Morbidelli lost ground on the start and found themselves slipping backwards into the pack to 14th and 15th. Fabio was able to make some progress and had moved himself up into the top-ten, when Maverick Viñales’ Turn 1 crash brought out the red flags on lap 17. Team-mate Franco was 16th when the race was halted.

The re-started race of 12 laps also saw an unsuccessful start for Quartararo, who lost several places off the line, and Morbidelli who was unable to gain any ground. Both Yamaha YZR-M1 riders found the track conditions difficult and struggled to make progress, in what became a sprint race around the 4.3km Austrian circuit. At the chequered flag Fabio was 13th and Franco 15th.

Despite the challenging race day for the team, Quartararo leaves the Styrian GP at the top of the riders’ standings, with Morbidelli in 11th place. PETRONAS Yamaha SRT also holds on to their lead in the teams’ competition.

There will now be a two-week break for the riders before they tackle the next triple-header, which starts with Misano next month (11-13 September).

Razlan Razali
Team Principal

I think this triple-header, which started in Brno, has been extremely difficult for us. Although we had the podium in Brno, both Austrian races have been extremely challenging. There have been various issues – brakes, performance, track conditions – but we need to take the positives: we are still leading the championship, both riders’ and teams’ and we look forward to Misano. We need to stay strong together and make a comeback next time out.

We are very pleased and happy with today’s result in Moto2, it is our best ever placement in the category. I am very proud of Xavi and Jake. We hope that they will continue their progress in the next race.

It was very unlucky for John in Moto3. Although he is third in the championship it is very close between him and [Celestino] Vietti in fourth, there is only one point between them. I think John will come back stronger after the break till the Misano races where he can solidify his third position. We also wish KIP all the best. He has a surgery on Tuesday to hopefully fix his finger once and for all. We hope that he will recover in time for Misano and come back stronger as well.

Source: SIC Racing Team

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