Fantastic recovery and podium for Bezzecchi with 3rd in #AustrianGP, Marini 4th
Marco Bezzecchi crossed the finishing line of the Austrian GP in third place signing the ninth podium (between Sprint and race) of 2023 and P3 in the general standings with 183 points. Party of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team completed with the fourth place of Luca Marini.
Starting from the seventh box on the grid on the Ducati Desmosedici GP, Marco immediately took P5 behind Alex Marquez and Luca Marini. Thanks to an excellent first part of the race, he moved into third place seven laps from the chequered flag, a position he held until the finishing line.
Excellent recovery for Luca, P6 at the start and third after the first corner. Forced back to sixth place after the first laps, he moved back through to fourth and is sixth in the general classification with 120 points.
The Mooney VR46 Racing Team are P2 among the Teams with 303 points.
I’m very happy: after yesterday and after Silverstone we all needed it! For me, the Team, they do an incredible job, for my parents who are both here and then also for Vale who came to see us and I wanted to make a podium in front of him. Today Celestino (Vietti) also won in Moto2, one of my greatest friends on and off the track, so it was an almost perfect day. I didn’t get off a bad start, overtaking Alex was really difficult, plus I knew the last 10 laps were going to be tough and I did everything I could to conserve and manage the tyre. My tactic was elastic: I gained, I lost, I let the tyre get air and then I tried it and it went well. I was very strong in braking and when I got in front I felt better and I opened the gap a bit in the final stages. A busy weekend, in qualifying I was not perfect, while the recovery gave me extra charge, I’m really satisfied.
I’m very happy, even if the podium was so close. I tried, but it wasn’t easy to climb up to the fourth place. I have only one regret, after the start I was third, but I lost the rear tyre, I was about to high side, and Miller, Marquez and then Marco overtook me. I lost a lot of ground, but I didn’t give up. After Assen and Silverstone, we needed a solid race. A good weekend overall, but let’s not stop working, KTM and Aprilia will be competitive in Barcelona. We have to take a step, the bike slides a lot at the rear, then I brake hard, but I also lose a lot on exit compared to the other Ducati.