2021 MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix Preview

MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 will be back in action at the Red Bull Ring for the completion of its double header at the Austrian circuit this weekend. They are also due to be joined by MotoE.

MotoE were last in action back in Assen which saw Eric Granado win ahead of reigning champion Jordi Torres and Alessandro Zaccone.

Heading to the Red Bull Ring it is Zaccone who leads the standings, seven points ahead of second placed Torres. Joint third, and 10 points behind Torres, are Granado and Dominique Aegerter.

Across the four races that have been contested in MotoE so far this season there have been three different winners, with victories for Zaccone, Granado and Miquel Pons. The latter of the three is sixth in the championship, one point behind fifth placed Mattia Casadei and two ahead of seventh placed Matteo Ferrari.

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In Moto3 Pedro Acosta’s advantage at the top of the championship is 53 points after the Spaniard won last weekend ahead of nearest rival Sergio Garcia. The latter led the majority of the race but ultimately finished second, despite having an accident in the latter stages of the final lap. Garcia has a 34 point advantage over third placed Romano Fenati, this after the Italian completed last weekend’s Moto3 podium.

In Moto2 Remy Gardner continues to lead the rider standings and has a 35 point advantage over nearest rival Raul Fernandez. Neither rider had the best race last weekend with Gardner finishing fourth after a mistake going into Turn 4 while Fernandez finished down in seventh, the Spaniard’s lowest classified finish of the season.

It meant that last weekend saw Marco Bezzecchi claim victory ahead of Aron Canet and Augusto Fernandez. Bezzecchi is third in the standings and is only nine points behind Raul Fernandez and has a 52 point advantage over fourth placed Sam Lowes.

Canet’s result means he enters this weekend sixth in the championship, one point behind fifth placed Fabio di Giannantonio and three points ahead of seventh placed Marcel Schrotter. Di Giannantonio finished last weekend down in thirteenth while Schrotter was classified tenth. Six points behind Schrotter is Augusto Fernandez who has finished third in the two races prior to this weekend.

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In the premier class Fabio Quartararo enters the weekend with a 40 point advantage over second placed Johann Zarco. This is after the championship leader finished third last weekend while Zarco was classified sixth in the first of the two races to be held at the Red Bull Ring.

Completing the top three in the championship is reigning MotoGP champion Joan Mir. The Spaniard had perhaps his best race weekend of the 2021 season where a strong qualifying enabled him to finish second. The Suzuki rider is 11 points behind Zarco and has a seven point advantage over fourth placed Francesco Bagnaia.

With Mir second and Quartararo third last weekend, the race victory went to Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin. Like Miguel Oliveira on the Tech3 KTM last season, last weekend’s race was the first premier class victory for Pramac and the first for Martin in the premier class. It means the Spaniard enters the second Red Bull Ring race twelfth in the championship, four points behind eleventh placed Takaaki Nakagami and six points ahead of thirteenth placed Alex Rins. Nakagami finished last weekend fifth while Rins was classified in seventh.

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During the Styrian Grand Prix weekend Valentino Rossi confirmed his retirement from riding in MotoGP at the end of the 2021 season. The Italian is nineteenth in the championship and finished the first Red Bull Ring race thirteenth, his fifth points finish of the season. He is six points behind Danilo Petrucci and has a four point advantage over Luca Marini.

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