Holzer bolts for victory in five-lap sprint

04 September 2022

The Austrian takes his first win on home turf, rounding out the season in style as the final race is shortened to a five-lap sprint

Kilian Holzer (HK Racing) put in a stunner on Sunday to become the second debut winner of the weekend, taking victory by over a second in a tricky Race 2 at the Red Bull Ring. After rain stopped play and the restart was set at five laps, it was a sprint for the finish and the Austrian took the home glory. Jurrien van Crugten (BB64 Academy) took second in a close battle for the podium, with countryman Loris Veneman (TeamNL OpenLine) classified third after a penalty dropped Race 1 winner Tibor Varga (Forty Racing) back in the top ten.

Veneman took the holeshot before Varga took over in the lead, but it was a tentative first few laps as the riders got to grips with the conditions. A lead group of six formed with the podium finishers joined by the likes of Valentino Herrlich (Busch und Wagner Racing Team) and Lennoxx Phommara (Team Phommara), but Holzer was on the march.

and by the final lap the front group had a very definite leader: Holzer. The Austrian put pedal to the metal and kept it near-perfect to the flag, taking his first victory in style and proving the master of some tricky conditions – leaving the fight to complete the podium squabbling in his wake.

That squabble saw van Crugten come out on top as a three-rider train of he, Varga and Veneman crossed the line in that order, but Varga was given a Long Lap that turned into a three-second time penalty for causing a crash earlier in the race with Brno JRT rider Michal Prokes. So behind Austrian home glory, it was a Dutch 2-3.

Julius Coenen (Helena and Julius Racing) took P4 ahead of Herrlich, with Tom Kuil impressing next up. Varga was classified seventh, with Schneider eighth in the race. Rocco Sessler (MCA Racing) took P9 ahead of Julius Frellsen (Frellsen RR) completing the top ten.

That’s it for the 2022 Northern Talent Cup, with Moor taking the title and Farkas confirmed as runner up, eighth place was enough for Schneider to take third overall – by just two points ahead of Veneman. Join us for more in 2023 and stay tuned to see where the Road to MotoGP™ leads next!

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