Marco Bezzecchi pulled the pin to perfection in the Austrian GP, taking his second win of the season in style and giving himself the perfect platform from which to launch a serious assault on the standings. But some of the headlines were stolen by the two men who shared the podium with him: Enea Bastianini after his ride through the field after a bad start, and Jorge Martin after his ride through the pain barrier in a superhuman performance.
Only the weekend after breaking his wrist in a crash at Brno, Martin’s ride was nothing short of a stunner. Staying with Bezzecchi and the lead group throughout – and fighting for the lead – the Spaniard dug deep to try and minimise the damage to his Championship charge, pulling that off perfectly with the podium. Just mugged at the end by a late-charging Bastianini, his P3 nevertheless means he’s only 12 points off the top. With another two weeks to recover, that seems a job well done… but will the behemoth of Silverstone prove a much bigger challenge?
It was an expensive weekend in the title fight for his teammate Fabio Di Giannantonio as he took P11, and for Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Aron Canet just ahead of him. Both really took some damage to their Championship bids at the Red Bull Ring, but Canet also remains on the hunt for his first win of the season. At Silverstone, it will be a year since he last stood on the top step. Will returning to the venue play in his favour?
Bastianini also has a good record at Silverstone, John McPhee will be pushing hard at his home race after an awesome ride from the back in Austria and the likes of Gabriel Rodrigo could be a dark horse for the podium. Silverstone is a vast, wide and expansive track for Moto3 machinery – who will tame it best? Can Bezzecchi break away at the front and stamp some authority on the Championship? Or will Martin once again reel him in?