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Best of Rivals, Deadly Friends

Several people thought Jorge Martin was not so much a dastardly perpetrator of the first-corner mayhem in the Sprint race at the Austrian GP but another innocent victim.

The most vehement was Jorge Martin himself, squeezed in an elbows-out melee off the start line. Leader of the opposing point of view was Marco Bezzecchi, the most spectacular of five victims of the clash. An incident, by the way, all too frequent at the deceptively simple and very fast Alpine circuit, where turn one funnels a full grid from high speed into a fierce right-hander, only a little less acute than 90 degrees.

Marco Bezzecchi hits the deck at the start of the Sprint race in Austria. Photo: Gold & Goose

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