On another drive by Marc Marquez at the Red Bull Ring, the championship leader fought for victory to the checkered flag, while Bradl continued his points run with an impressive catch-up.
The sunshine on Saturday finally returned to the Austrian GP after a soaked warm-up. At the start of the MotoGP race, with an air temperature of 23 ° C and a track of 32 ° C, the conditions were closer to what the riders had experienced over the course of the weekend.
When the lights went out, Marc Marquez’s race got off to a hair-raising start as he and Andrea Dovizioso battled at Turn 3, where the reigning world champion ran well into fifth place. Undeterred, Marquez bowed his head and drove on board his RC213V to quickly chase the leader, Fabio Quartararo.
On lap eight Marquez took the lead again for the first time, Dovizioso tried briefly to take the lead. The championship leader was able to control the middle phase of the race before Dovizioso came through again on lap 20. Marquez let it wait, started his counterattack too late and brought the 87,595 fans at the Red Bull Ring with a breathtaking series of final laps. Bradl will now travel to Finland to test the newly built Kymi ring.
The fight went to the last corner, with Marquez finishing second with 0.213 seconds when he tried to stop Dovizioso. With 20 points, Marquez has a healthy 58-point lead in the MotoGP World Championship after finishing in the top two for eight straight races. Honda continues to lead the constructors’ championship with 236 points.
After he had the problems on Saturday behind him, Stefan Bradl drove a spirited drive at the Austrian GP and finished four points in four starts in 2019. The German quickly made up ground from 21st place when the lights went out and was within the points only a few laps. In the end, Bradl took 13th place after eight places and left Austria satisfied with what he had achieved.
The Repsol Honda Team is now traveling to Great Britain and the 12th round of the MotoGP World Championship 2019 in Silverstone from August 23rd to 25th. Jorge Lorenzo will return to the UK circuit after suffering a back injury in Assen.