Tag: Red Bull Ring

MotoGP contingent heads to Austria

Just a week after the Brno round, MotoGP crews are back in action again at the Red Bull Ring in Austria for Round 11 of the Championship. This is the second set of back-to-back races of the the season, only the fourth edition held here.

The Championship scenario is all Marc Marquez at the moment unless Andrea Dovizioso could answer the challenge. Marquez has been consistent at Red Bull Ring with top five finishes in the previous three occasions, including two seconds. He’ll be hunting for a first win this time around.

Team mate Stefan Bradl will again join the Repsol Honda Team in place of the recovering Jorge Lorenzo. The German rider is excited at the prospect of another Grand Prix aboard the RC213V after improving his feeling on the bike during the Brno weekend. Racing in Austria in 2016, Bradl has some experience of the track to draw upon.

Following his second place finish at Brno last weekend, Dovizioso currently also lies second in the championship standings with 147 points (63 behind leader Márquez) and he arrives in Austria determined to repeat the results of the last three editions, in which he has always been on the podium: second (2016), first (2017) and third (2018). For his part, Team mate Danilo Petrucci will be aiming to step onto the podium of the Austrian track for the first time, so as to maintain his third place in the overall standings with 129 points, 15 ahead of Suzuki’s Alex Rins in fourth.

In the Yamaha camp, Maverick Viñales took a solid sixth place twice in Austria, and a twelfth place last year. This year he is planning to come back fighting at the Spielberg track, especially after showing strong pace again at the Brno test. At the last testing, he worked on braking later and deeper to suit the Spielberg track’s stop-start corners to make sure that he would be able to get in the mix for the battle for top positions.

MotoGP veteran and 9-time champion Valentino Rossi looks to pour his best riding as he knows  that the nature of the Red Bull Ring traditionally doesn’t play into the Yamaha’s strengths. The Doctor is more familiar with the Spielberg track than most. He first visited the rostrum there in 1996, taking third place in the 125cc class, and secured second place in the same class a year later, before a 19-year hiatus in Austrian GPs. The Italian’s best premier class result in there is the fourth place he snatched in 2016. It’s his aim to try and change that this year and reach for the podium.

The action begins with FP1 on Friday morning, between the picturesque hills of the Red Bull Ring. Lights for the 28-lap Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich will go out at high noon on Sunday.

Ekstrom extends Championship lead after penultimate round at DTM Spielberg

  Last weekend’s DTM race at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring saw Audi drivers take control of the opening and main races, which were won by Championship leader Mattias Ekstrom and Rene Rast. The penultimate round, prior to the finale in Hockenheim, was an exciting one for Ekstrom , who’s on the verge of the Drivers’ title. Although it was only the Swede’s first win this season, Ekstrom managed to stay consistent through the season to extend his lead to 28 points, going into the final two races.

Read more

Dovizioso scores 3rd win of season at Red Bull Ring

No one could have ever predicted this..Andrea Dovizioso would emerge victorious at the Austrian Grand Prix. It was Reigning Champion Marc Marquez who many thought would again capture the win, but it turned out the Ducati man was determined to beat Marquez at the final corner on the last lap of the race for the honor. Dovizioso edged Marquez by just 0.176 of a second at the finish line.

Read more

MotoGP resumes second half of season at Spielberg

 2016 MotoGP Mugello Jorge Lorenzo start of race Following the break, MotoGP resumes at the Red Bull Ring (Spielberg) Circuit for Round 10 of the Championship this weekend. The Spielberg track will host its first MotoGP Grand Prix after a 19- year hiatus. The Austrian GP marks a busy second half of the season with eight races in 12 weeks before the season finale in Valencia. Twice MotoGP champion Marc Marquez currently leads the Riders’ Standings, followed by the two Yamaha factory riders and Marquez’s team mate Dani Pedrosa in fourth.

Read more

Iannone tops test session at Red Bull Ring

2016 MotoGP Austria Andrea Iannone tops Yamaha MotoGP joined other teams in a private test at the Austrian Red Bull Ring Circuit, over two days, The test session was a run-up to the the Grand Prix of Austria, from 3 – 4 August. Aside from the two Yamaha riders, Ducati riders and 17 other riders also participated in the private test to get a first look at the renovated Austrian circuit. It was Andrea Iannone who topped all riders on the second day of testing, ahead of team mate Andrea Dovizioso and Ducati tester Casey Stoner.

Read more

BMW DTM drivers dominate Spielberg races

2016 DTM Spieberg Timo Glock takes race 2 For the third time in his career, Timo Glock was able to celebrate on the top step of the podium: in Sunday’s second DTM race at Spielberg in Austria, the BMW driver emerged as the winner. After 42 laps of the 4.326 kilometers long Red Bull Ring, Glock won from the two Audi drivers Mattias Ekström and Jamie Green, who finished second and third respectively. Daniel Juncadella was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz driver, in twelfth overall.

Read more