2021 MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix Preview

This weekend sees MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 return to action for the first of two Grand Prix to be held at the Red Bull Ring.

In Moto3 Pedro Acosta heads the standings with Sergio Garcia and Dennis Foggia completing the top three. Acosta has a 48 point advantage over Garcia, with the latter having a 24 point advantage over third placed Foggia.

The current top three in the championship have won eight of the nine races contested so far in the 2021 Moto3 season. The rider outside of the top three to have won a race is Jaume Masia who won the season opener but has only scored one other podium finish since.

Masia is fifth in the standings heading to the Red Bull Ring, eight points behind fourth placed Romano Fenati. Masia has a three point gap to sixth placed Darryn Binder, all three riders having finished on the podium twice so far in 2021.

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In Moto2 Remy Gardner leads the standings from teammate, and Moto2 rookie, Raul Fernandez. The gap between the two in the championship is 31 points heading into this weekend. A vast majority of the gap is down to each rider’s respective results at the German Grand Prix where Gardner won while Fernandez retired.

Gardner hasn’t finished any lower than fourth in the nine races contested so far this season. Fernandez by comparison has finished no lower than fifth in the eight races that the Spaniard has gone on to see the chequered flag.

Completing the top three in the standings is Marco Bezzecchi who is 25 points behind second placed Fernandez and 29 points ahead of fourth placed Sam Lowes. Bezzecchi has finished inside the top six in all nine races that have been contested so far, four of which have seen the Italian finish on the podium.

Aside from Gardner and Fernandez, the other race winners in Moto2 in 2021 are Sam Lowes and Fabio Di Giannantonio. As mentioned earlier Lowes is fourth in the championship and is 26 points clear of Di Giannantonio who is fifth in the standings.

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Fabio Quartararo will resume the MotoGP season with a 34 point advantage over nearest rival Johann Zarco. This after the former has claimed four victories and two further podium finishes in the nine races the premier class has contested in 2021 so far. Quartararo has finished inside the points in the other three races.

Zarco by comparison has finished on the podium four times so far this season, all second places. The Frenchman has claimed a further four points finishes across the season, with his only non-points finish coming in Portugal where he retired.

Francesco Bagnaia completes the top three in the championship, the Italian 13 points behind Zarco. Bagnaia has finished on the podium on three occasions this season, and like Zarco has only failed to finish inside the points once, at Mugello. He is eight points clear of fourth placed, and reigning champion, Joan Mir.

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Elsewhere in the championship Marc Marquez is tenth, 10 points behind Brad Binder in ninth and nine points ahead of eleventh placed Takaaki Nakagami. Marquez’s best result so far in 2021 was his victory at the German Grand Prix, with his next best being a pair of seventh places which he achieved in Portimao and Assen.

By comparison Binder’s best result was a fourth place which was achieved at the German Grand Prix, while Nakagami’s best result so far this season is also a fourth which the Japanese rider claimed at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Valentino Rossi is nineteenth in the standings heading into this weekend. The Italian is six points behind Jorge Martin who is eighteenth, with Luca Marini directly behind Rossi in the championship, three points separating the two. Rossi’s best finish so far in 2021 is tenth place which he claimed at the Italian Grand Prix.

Lastly a quick mention to Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow who are both set to be in action this weekend. Pedrosa is due to wildcard for the factory KTM team while Crutchlow has been drafted in to replace the still recovering Franco Morbidelli at Petronas Yamaha SRT.

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