By Bruce Allen
This article originally appeared on Late-Braking MotoGP.
For the first time in recent memory, MotoGP enters a race weekend resigned to predictable results in both the premier and Moto2 classes. The Ducati contingent – Andrea Dovizioso, Danilo Petrucci and Jack Miller – will be tearing up the big bikes. Marc Marquez will end up on the podium. Alex Marquez will finish in the Moto2 money along with two other guys. The best race of the day will likely be the lightweights – ha! – of Moto3.
Recent History in Austria
Recent history at the Red Bull Ring has been, well, recent. The track re-joined the calendar in 2016 after an 18-year breach in the running of the Austrian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Selecting Red Bull Ring as the sponsoring venue, with its nine or ten turns depending, gave Ducati Corse a bulletproof squat they could dominate with their eyes closed until KTM gets its hometown Austrian act together. In 2016, Ducati’s Dueling Andreas led the factory Yamahas on a merry chase through the lush Austrian countryside, followed by everyone else. At the flag, Andrea Iannone handled Dovizioso (this was the year everyone but Scott Redding won a race) while a tumescent Spartan, Jorge Lorenzo, outgunned The Doctor for the last step on the podium.
2017 would have been a carbon copy of 2016 with the exception of Dovizioso winning, JLo taking Iannone’s seat and finishing fourth, and, ahem, those pesky, unwelcome factory Hondas, Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, hogging the second and …read more
Source:: MotoGP Red Bull Ring Preview 2019