MotoGP Red Bull Ring Preview 2018

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Andrea Dovizioso returned to the top of the podium last week at Brno. He’ll try to make it two in a row in Austria, where he has had some success.

Recent History in Austria

Recent history at the Red Bull Ring has been, well, brief. The track joined the calendar in 2016 after an 18-year gap in the running of the Austrian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Selecting Red Bull Ring as the venue, with it’s but nine (9) turns, gave Ducati Corse a bulletproof venue they could dominate with their eyes closed until KTM gets its Austrian act together.

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Andrea Iannone earned his first MotoGP win in Spielberg in 2016, followed by teammate Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo. Iannone still holds the fastest lap time, set in qualifying that year.

In 2016, the factory Ducati Dueling Andreas (Dovizioso and Iannone) led the factory Yamahas on a merry chase through the lush Austrian countryside, followed by everyone else. At the flag, Iannone handled Dovizioso (this was the year everyone but Scott Redding won a race) while The Spartan outgunned The Doctor for the last step on the podium.

Last year would have been a carbon copy of 2016 with the exception of Dovizioso winning, Jorge Lorenzo taking Iannone’s seat and finishing fourth, and those pesky, unwelcome factory Hondas hogging the second and third steps on the podium. This was one of those races, similar to what we saw last week, when Marc Marquez and Dovizioso went knives-in-a-phonebooth, Spain vs. Italy, Honda vs. Ducati, and Dovi ended up on top. The kind of competition that gives motorcycle racing a good name. We should be so lucky …read more

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