After the stage at the iconic Silverstone circuit, with Álex Espargaro taking Aprilia’s unexpected victory, MotoGP moves to Austria, the home of KTM. In fact, on the last weekend of August, the World Championship runs Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring For Austrian GP, a race on the calendar continuously since 2016 and which has had 4 different winners in its 7 editions. And on the track, at least on Sunday, there are those who have the opportunity to score a double.
Spielberg, Everybody Wants to Run to Gardenia
We’re talking about the two heroes of this season, the one who led Spielberg back to the world title last year and the other who is back home in Austria. francesco Gardenia on one side, flat nail binder On the other hand, that is Ducati against KTM.
Except for Aprilia, which has grown in the last few weeks of racing and is starting to look with a lot of ambition, Borgo Panigale and Matthieufen are experiencing an exciting season. The protagonists are the aforementioned Bagnaia and Binder, who in the nine races held so far, with the same number of sprints, won the Italian 7 times (3 GP and 4 sprints) and the South African 2 times (in both sprints).
And in Austria, as mentioned, they will be the only ones on the starting grid to be able to make repeat appearances in the GP (except for Oliveira and Martin, who won the Styrian GP at the same track in 2020 and 2021). A double appointment at the Red Bull Ring). Because the successes in the last 7 editions include the names of Dovizioso (3, retired), Iannone and Jorge Lorenzo, in addition to Peco and Binder.
A very important challenge and above all also from the point of view of the World Championship, because Bagnaia, with his 214 points (+41 compared to Martin), can seek the first great and attractive escape for the 2023 title, but the Spaniard and Bezechi will do everything to contain it. Binder himself is also in the running, with a gap of 83 points to Bagnia, which is difficult but not impossible to accomplish (Bagnia himself teaches with an incredible comeback from -90 to last year’s title).
But it will also be a weekend of great tests for the future morbidly, zarco I marc marquez Those who have to roll up their sleeves, some for one reason and some for the other. The Italian, killed by Yamaha, will have to look for a saddle for 2024, while the Frenchman will have to defend himself in Pramac or aspire to one of the satellites in the Ducati world. Cannibal, on the other hand, is sure of his place at Honda but looks around as the Hamamatsu manufacturer’s position is not the best on track.
MotoGP Austria, where to enjoy the weekend on TV
As every year, Sky Sport will be in the MotoGP paddock, with commentary for each day of practice, qualifying, sprints and races handed over to Guido Maeda and Mauro Sancini, with insights from the entire team in the engine area. From Friday to Sunday, in fact, Channel 208 will be full of two-wheeler enthusiasts who will be able to enjoy the show on the track.
for those who don’t have sky The possibility to watch the weekend in streaming through NOW,
Friday 18 August
- 8.55 am: Free practice 1 Moto3;
- 9.45 am: Free practice 1 moto2;
- 10.40 am: Free Practice 1 MotoGP;
- 1.15 pm: Free Practice 2 Moto3;
- 2 p.m.: Free practice 2 Moto2;
- 2.55 pm: 2nd MotoGP Free Practice Session;
Saturday 19 August
- 8.35 am: Free practice 3 Moto3;
- 9.20 am: Free practice 3 Moto2;
- 10.05 am: 3rd MotoGP free practice session;
- 10.45 am: MotoGP Qualifying;
- 12.45: Moto3 Qualifying;
- 1.40 PM: Moto2 Qualifying;
- Ore 14.55: Sprint Race MotoGP;
Sunday 20 August
- 11 am: Moto3 Race;
- 12.15: Moto2 Race;
- 2.00 pm: MotoGP Race.