After qualifying in the third row, Dominique Aegerter managed to recover from eighth place to third final position. The Swiss rider of the Dynavolt Intact GP team has narrowed the gap in the standings from Alessandro Zaccone to just 11 points.
A race distance of seven laps is already quite short and very demanding, but when the rain causes the race to shorten to just five laps, then the pressure grows immensely, especially when you start the race from the third row.
In such a difficult situation, Dominique Aegerter used all his experience gained in the many years spent in the world championship, to evaluate all the risks and set-up an essential recovery after the crash in Assen. After just one lap, the Swiss was already in fourth place and after that he has been fighting for every millimeter and every position. Meanwhile, the German Lukas Tulovic had already gained an advantage of nearly two seconds which guaranteed him the final victory.
The highlight of the race was the last lap characterized by the incredible fight between Aegerter, Granado and Aldeguer. The battle was won by Granado but the brakings of the three riders at Turn 3 and 4 was thrilling.
In the last round from 17 to 19 September, in Misano Adriatico, Aegerter will have 50 points available to recover the 11 points that separate him from the leader of the standings, Alessandro Zaccone.
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The overall standings
“With eighth on the grid, we certainly didn't have the best starting position, and when the rain set in in the MotoGP race, we were initially out for rain tyres. But I saw that only the last corner was still a bit damp. We then looked with the team to see what the best option was and finally decided on the slicks. In the end, all riders started the race on slicks, so the decision was absolutely correct. The bike felt great and I was very strong on the brakes, but since the race direction wasn't sure whether it would rain again, they shortened the laps to five. It was all the more important to get off to a good start in order to be right at the front. I succeeded in doing that, but Lukas Tulovic was able to open up a gap straight away, which unfortunately I was unable to close. On the last lap, I got involved in a heated fight with Granado and Aldeguer. Nevertheless, I secured third place and in the championship, we left important competitors like Zaccone and Torres behind us. We are still fourth overall, eleven points behind first place, but everything is still open. So it will be decided in the Misano double race, which I have both good and bad memories of. But I'm focusing on the win I got there last year. I feel ready to fight in both races. My big thanks go out to the team because they did a great job and made the right decision, also in regard to the set-up. But I also thank my family, friends, sponsors, and the numerous fans who supported me this weekend”.
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The gallery of the Austrian GP in Spielberg
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