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17/08/2021 News

Tech 3 shines on all fronts

With a win in MotoE, a podium in Moto3 and a sixth place in MotoGP, the KTM Tech 3 team didn’t leave Austria empty-handed. The Elf Marc VDS Racing Team also had a successful weekend, taking their third podium in a row.

MotoGP

If the Austrian Grand Prix had been a few metres shorter, Iker Lecuona would have got onto his first MotoGP podium. In a ‘mad’ race the Spaniard nevertheless scored his best result in the premier class with a sixth place. When the rain started to fall with five laps to go, the five leaders went into the pits to change bikes. But like eventual winner Brad Binder, Iker Lecuona stayed out on slicks. “It was a crazy race," commented the KTM Tech 3 rider. “I don't know how I managed to stay on my wheels on the last lap. I couldn't turn or brake anymore. I only just missed the podium but to finish sixth is already a great result.” Danilo Petrucci, who had been struggling in the dry since the first practice session, finished twelfth to pick up a few more points.

Moto2

For the third race in a row, Augusto Fernandez succeeded in getting onto the podium. Fourth on the grid, the Spaniard immediately settled into the leading group. Less comfortable in the second half of the race due to a lack of feeling from his front tyre, he crossed the finish line in third place. “I would have liked to have been able to fight for the win until the end but I am already very happy to be back on the podium," said Fernandez. “We are in a good phase, we have to make it last." Sam Lowes qualified on pole, the fifteenth of his Moto2 career, and led for two laps before dropping back to fourth. “I started with a hard rear because I thought we could have a bit of an advantage at the end," commented the British rider. “But the track had changed a lot. The times were different from the rest of the weekend because of the heat. I didn't feel so good towards the end. But it's still a big step forward compared to last weekend.”

Moto3

"After the disappointment of last weekend, this second place is a great reward for the whole team,” declared a delighted Hervé Poncharal at the end of the Moto3 race. Leader for more than half the race, Deniz Öncü took a magnificent second place on the Red Bull Ring after having only given up first position in the last few corners. “I'm a bit disappointed," admitted the Turkish rider, who a week earlier had to start from the back of the grid after changing tyres too late. “But I am nevertheless happy with my race and this podium. I was in the top five in every practice session, which shows that we are competitive.” Ayumu Sasaki was also fighting in the lead group at the start of the race, but unfortunately crashed out on the sixth lap after tangling with an opponent.

MotoE

The Tech 3 team couldn't have had a better end to their weekend on Austrian soil. In KTM’s backyard, the French team took their first MotoE win thanks to the exploits of Lukas Tulovic. Qualifying on the front row of the grid, the German rider took the lead on the first corner and never looked back. “It's been such a long time since I've won, I'm super happy," declared an ecstatic Tulovic. “The race was shortened to five laps and we all started on slicks, even though there were still damp patches on the track. You had to be careful and incisive at the same time.” Corentin Perolari scored some more points by crossing the finish line in thirteenth position.

CATEGORY RIDER RACE CHAMPIONSHIP
MOTOGP

Danilo Petrucci

12th 

18th (30 points)

Iker Lecuona

6th

21st (24 points)

MOTO2

Sam Lowes

4th 

4th (114 points)

Augusto Fernandez

3rd

6th (82 points)

MOTO3

Ayumu Sasaki

DNF

7th (68 points)

Deniz Öncü

2nd  

15th (45 points)

MOTOE

Lukas Tulovic

1st 

5th (53 points)

Corentin Perolari

13th 

12th (21 points)