2020 MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix Preview

The 2020 season for Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP continues this weekend at the Red Bull Ring after last weekend’s Grand Prix in Brno.

Moto3

Albert Arenas leads the championship by 18 points from Ai Ogura. Both riders bounced back from retirements in the Andalusian Grand Prix with podium finishes at Brno where Arenas finished second and Ogura took third.

Third in the championship is John McPhee who finished fifth at Brno having had to work his way through the field after a difficult qualifying session. He is only one point behind Ogura going into this weekend and has a seven point gap to Tatsuki Suzuki in fourth.

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Dennis Foggia claimed his maiden victory in the Moto3 class last weekend. The win placing the Italian sixth in the championship, four points behind fifth placed Raul Fernandez and one ahead of Tony Arbolino in seventh. Foggia’s victory in Brno is only his second finish of the season having retired in both races held at Jerez.

The highest placed rookie going into the weekend is Jeremy Alcoba in tenth who continued his points scoring run with another seventh placed finish at Brno, his third of the season. The Spaniard is two points behind Celestino Vietti and Gabriel Rodrigo who are eighth and ninth while Alcoba has a seven point advantage over eleventh placed Niccolo Antonelli.

Moto2

Enea Bastianini heads into the Grand Prix weekend leading the Moto2 championship. This after the Italian followed up his maiden Moto2 victory at the Andalusian Grand Prix with victory at Brno. He is 15 points ahead of second placed Luca Marini who after a double podium finish in the two Jerez races finished fourth at Brno.

Marini is three points ahead of third placed Tetsuta Nagashima who previously led the championship but has slipped down to third after finishing eleventh in the two races prior to this weekend.

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The highest placed rookie is Aron Canet who is fifth in the championship and continued his point scoring run in Brno with a tenth placed finish. It means the Spaniard is 10 points behind fourth placed Sam Lowes and two points ahead of compatriot Jorge Martin.

Also a special mention to American Joe Roberts who impressed in the season opening Qatar Grand Prix where he claimed pole position and then went on to finish fourth. He goes into the Austrian Grand Prix weekend having done slightly better at Brno where he claimed pole position and went on to finish third, his first podium finish in the Moto2 class. It means he goes into the weekend eighth in the championship a point behind seventh placed Marco Bezzecchi and a point ahead of Lorenzo Baldassarri in ninth.

MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo enters the Grand Prix weekend with a 17 point lead in the championship over Maverick Vinales with the former finishing seventh in Brno while the latter was classified down in fourteenth.

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It is a lot tighter from third to eighth with four points covering the six riders. Joint third going into this weekend are Franco Morbidelli and Andrea Dovizioso after Morbidelli took his maiden premier class podium at Brno while Dovizioso finished down in eleventh.

Three points behind them are Brad Binder and Johann Zarco who are on 28 points going into the weekend. Binder achieved his maiden victory in the premier class at Brno while Zarco qualified in pole position and then finished third, despite having to serve a long lap penalty, on the Avintia run Ducati.

A point behind Binder and Zarco are Valentino Rossi and Takaaki Nakagami who are tied on 27 points. Rossi followed up his Andalusia podium with fifth place at Brno while Nakagami finished last weekend eighth.

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The Austrian Grand Prix will of course be KTM’s home race, as mentioned, Binder is fifth in the championship while fellow factory KTM rider Pol Espargaro is eleventh with the two Tech3 KTM’s twelfth and twenty second in the championship. KTM’s highest finish to date in Austria is eighth thanks to Tech3’s Miguel Oliveira in the 2019 edition of the race. The factory team’s highest finish came in 2017 when Mika Kallio finished tenth.

Both Francesco Bagnaia and Marc Marquez are set to miss this weekend due to injury with Marquez still recovering from his crash at the season opener while Bagnaia recovers from an injury he sustained during the Czech Republic Grand Prix weekend.

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