Xavier Artigas battles to 14th place in a long and grueling Moto3™ race

MotoGP™ moved to the spectacular climes of the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria for round thirteen of twenty in 2022.

The circuit – the home of Grand Prix racing in this part of Europe since 2016 – was another quick prospect with 4.3km and 11 corners mixing heavy braking points and requiring copious acceleration. The challenge suited precise judgment by the riders and rewarded pure-bred race bikes.

The climate was cloudy but warm and the thunderstorms that threatened to erupt on Friday and Saturday remained clear. Only the first Free Practice session took place in the wet and by the end of the schedule Saturday afternoon Xavier Artigas and Carlos Tatay were 21st and 24th on the start grid.

The Moto3™ distance was disputed across 23 intense laps late Sunday morning. The CFMOTO Racing PruestelGP riders Tatay and Artigas focused on regaining positions and track space to inch into the leading group. 17 riders circulated in each other’s exhaust waves for the better part of forty minutes. Tatay had entered the points-scoring group until being hit by another rider at Turn3 with 15 laps to go put him far behind the pack and eventually into the pitlane. Artigas then carried the main hopes of the team but his power on the brakes was not matched by formidable corner exit and he spent the entire race attacking and defending. Xavi finally made 14th for 2 points.

CFMOTO continue to hold 5th in the Constructors points table. Tatay and Artigas are situated 9th and 10th in the Rider’s championship respectively.

MotoGP™ heads to Italian tarmac once more in 2022 with the Gran Premio Gryfyn di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini set to run at the flat Misano World Circuit – Marco Simoncelli in San Marino in two weeks time.

#43 Xavier Artigas I P14

“A difficult race. We started quite far back but it was not a big problem. I was strong on braking but missed a bit in the group and with acceleration. This is a special track and very demanding. We did our best and I’m happy with the way I felt on the bike and what I could do and that means I’m optimistic for the next race in Misano. I’m sure we can get some better positions there.”

#99 Carlos Tatay I DNF

“It was a weekend where I had a really good feeling on the bike. I was good in warm-up this morning and then gaining positions in decent time during the race. I was 14th and coming-up strong when another rider hit me from behind. I cannot complain too much because this is Moto3 and part of racing. It can happen. We’ll keep looking ahead, keep concentrated and with the same goals that we had today.”

Results Moto3™ CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich

1. Ayumu Sasaki, (JPN), Husqvarna 39:03.516

2. Tatsuzi Suzuki, (JPN), Honda +0.064

3. David Muñoz (ESP), KTM +0.292

4. Deniz Öncü, (TUR), Red Bull KTM Tech3 +0.344

5. Sergio Garcia, (ESP), GASGAS +2.453

14. Xavi Artigas, (ESP), CFMOTO +9.143

DNF. Carlos Tatay, (ESP), CFMOTO

Pictures by © [2022] RLekl

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