Quartararo is under pressure, while Bagnaia is on a roll as Austria awaits

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Prior to his mistake at Assen and the subsequent tougher race at Silverstone, both of which were won by Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPTM) was beginning to establish himself as the overwhelming favorite to win the 2022 championship. However, the tide has most definitely turned since his errors. It could be another crucial opportunity for Bagnaia to continue closing that deficit as the paddock moves on to the Red Bull Ring, which is serious winning terrain for Ducati. This is especially true given that Sunday racing has historically been more difficult for Yamaha.

However, there is a new chicane to deal with, which obliterates lap records and presents an additional difficulty for the upcoming weekend. But Ducati has triumphed there frequently and for a variety of riders, so the manufacturer continues to be the favorite. There is a long list of contenders, including Bagnaia, who is in good form, teammate Jack Miller, who recently finished on the podium, Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing), who has already won at the track, and Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGPTM), who returned to the fray at Silverstone. But the list doesn’t end there; contenders like Johann Zarco (Prima Pramac Racing) and Marco Bezzecchi (

Aprilia is a second factory eager to keep the pressure on Quartararo. Aleix Espargaro finished ninth at Silverstone, unable to take advantage of the number 20’s P8. However, after a severe highside on Saturday left him racing with a fractured heel, that performance turned a job well done under trying conditions as he only lost one point to the Frenchman. On the podium, an Aprilia was still there.

Maverick Viales made a strong statement with his second-place finish at Silverstone, finishing just four tenths behind Bagnaia, after speeding through some terrible luck in Germany and finishing third in Assen. This was his first podium finish with Aprilia Racing. The pattern indicates that the top step should be the next one, but in MotoGPTM, this is by no means an easy assignment. Can Top Gun win his 200th Grand Prix and reclaim the championship in such a poetic setting? At the very least, it might be a good weekend to subtract additional points from Yamaha for both Noale machines since the Aprilia continues to pose a real threat.

KTM will be competing at home and will have high expectations for the weekend. The more challenging season is still going on, but there have been significant advancements. Teammate Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing both took home victories at the site, albeit they did so in very different ways. Will the hills come alive with a podium challenge from the Mattighofen plant now that the grandstands are awash in orange and there is a new chicane for everyone? They’ll undoubtedly exert all of their effort to try to participate in that struggle for the first time since the first few races. It’s a big weekend for Tech3 Factory Racing Team as rookies Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez compete to keep accruing points and progressing. Pit Beirer recently hinted that we might also hear about a Tech3 2023 rider this weekend.

Additionally, Suzuki will expect more from the Red Bull Ring. The Hamamatsu plant has experience there, and Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) even more so given that the circuit served as the setting for his first World Championship victory and the number 36 appears to have discovered some Styrian speed secrets. The same could be said of teammate Alex Rins’ performance at Silverstone; the number 42 raced a large portion of the race in the lead but faded late and will now be attempting to make up ground. The riders frequently charge ahead on Sunday during qualifying, so it will likely be a focus as well as the new chicane sets a new lap record, most likely on Saturday afternoon.

Finally, there is some significant news for Honda: Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) will return to the pit area. Although the number 93 has not yet started riding or competing again, he will be present as the Japanese factory continues to work on the new RC213V. The eight-time World Champion, who has already been in contact from home, will now be present as Stefan Bradl, Pol Espargaro, Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu), and Alex Marquez attempt to advance the Repsol Honda deeper into the points (LCR Honda Castrol).

Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) is now unquestionably on a roll after following up his victory at Assen with another at Silverstone. This was only the Spaniard’s second Moto2TM pole position overall. As Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) drops from first to third, he currently leads the championship going into the Red Bull Ring, leading Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), by a margin of 13 points.

Moto2TM Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) is now unquestionably on a roll after following up his victory at Assen with another at Silverstone. This was only the Spaniard’s second Moto2TM pole position overall. As Celestino Vietti (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) drops from first to third, he currently leads the championship going into the Red Bull Ring, leading Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), by a margin of 13 points.

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Izan Guevara, Sergio Garcia’s colleague and closest rival, felt as though a great objective had just materialized in front of him when Garcia (Autosolar GASGAS Aspar Team) crashed out of the British GP. Shortly after that shocking turn of events, Guevara unexpectedly found himself in the gravel as well, this time by no fault of his own. To make matters worse, their two main competitors in the rankings, Dennis Foggia of Leopard Racing and Jaume Masia of Red Bull KTM Ajo, came through to take full advantage in a 1-2. What then lies ahead in Austria?

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