Mir “angry” after Espargaro escapes Styria MotoGP penalty

KTM’s Espargaro was battling with Jack Miller for victory in Sunday’s restarted Styrian GP at the Red Bull Ring when he was forced out wide by the Pramac rider at the last corner.

This allowed Tech 3’s Miguel Oliveira through to take his maiden victory, while Miller was second and Espargaro re-joined to finish third.

However, fourth-placed Mir was “surprised” the KTM rider was allowed to keep his podium as the rules state any last-lap abuse of track limits is awarded with an automatic place drop.

This happened to Jorge Martin in the Moto2 race, which stripped him of victory, while Suzuki rider Mir was forced to concede his lead on lap one of the original MotoGP start when he was deemed to have gained an advantage from running off track.

“I’m really, really angry about the decision at the moment, because it’s not fair,” Mir said.

“Martin [in Moto2] didn’t win the race because he go onto the green [run-off] and he didn’t gain anything.

“And I agree that you don’t penalise somebody that is in front and another rider touches him and kicks him off track. In that point, I agree about the decision for safety.

“But in this case, it’s not like this. If you check the last two corners, Pol took the inside in the last two corners, then he goes wide, Jack took the position and then Pol decide to continue on…

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