2017 Austria Moto2 & Moto3 Preview Press Releases

Press release previews of the Austrian GP from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams:

Bendsneyder and Antonelli motivated for Red Bull KTM Ajo’s home GP

Moto3 riders face Austrian GP with the ambition of achieving a great result at special event for Red Bull and KTM.

08/09/2017 - Red Bull Ring, Austria

The Red Bull Ring will host its second ever Moto3 race this weekend, as the World Championship reaches its eleventh round of the season. The Austrian GP is a special race for both Red Bull and KTM, who are based in the European country. Riders Bo Bendsneyder and Niccolo Antonelli are optimistic, motivated and keen to get good results at the team’s home round.

Bendsneyder just missed out on his first podium of the season this past weekend at Brno. The Dutchman is aiming to again feature in the fight for the top positions -something he achieved last year in Austria by finishing seventh, just 4 seconds behind the race winner.

The Czech GP was a tough weekend for Antonelli, as weather conditions and fitness following injury provided a big challenge. Motivated by racing at the Red Bull Ring, a track that he liked a lot last year, the Italian will seek to regain a good feeling and be among the fastest riders. In 2016 he took 18th place on his first appearance at the circuit.

The only podium so far in Austria for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team was taken by Brad Binder last year, crossing the line second. This weekend, Bendsneyder and Antonlli will target another great result for the team, for Red Bull and for KTM, on Sunday at 11:00am.


"Austria is a circuit that I really like. It has many hard braking and hard accelerating parts, so it will be very important to be strong in both situations; we will do our best to do so. Our goal will again be to hold up among the fastest riders and take a step forward from Brno. If it rains again this weekend we will have to work hard to find something that will help us to be strong, since I have not been comfortable in such conditions at Assen or Brno. We will work hard to get our reward in the race."


"After some positive weekends, I think it is very exciting to get to a circuit that I really like. The goal will again be to keep in the Top 10, just like at the last GP. In addition, it is the home GP for Red Bull and KTM, so we will try to push our hardest for the team and all the Austrian fans. I think it's good that we have two races in a row, because after just missing out on the podium at Brno we will get back on the bike just a few days later."

Oliveira and Binder look for latest podium at Red Bull Ring

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders face Austrian GP this weekend, in which they hope to take the third consecutive podium for the team.

08/09/2017 - Red Bull Ring, Austria

The Red Bull Ring will host the second consecutive Grand Prix in as many weekends, just a few days after the Czech GP. Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder, who had very positive results at Brno including a podium for the Portuguese, come to Austria hoping to continue taking steps forward during the second half of the season and with a first victory in their crosshairs. In addition, it will be a very special round for the team, as the first 'home GP’ in Moto2 for Red Bull and KTM.

Oliveira took a podium at Brno last weekend, with a third place in a wet race and being among the fastest riders during every practice session -under all kinds of conditions. In Austria he will try to again be in the fight for a sixth podium of the season, at a Red Bull Ring where he finished 14th last year.

Binder was closer than ever to the lead group in the Czech GP, and is also making good progress after a struggle with injury. The South African rider goes to the Red Bull Ring with the intention of taking a step forward and being able to continue closing the gap to the frontrunners. Last year in Moto3, in his debut at the Austrian track, he placed on the podium, finishing second and only 2 tenths off the winner.

Oliveira and Binder will try to get a first podium for KTM at the Red Bull Ring in Moto2 this weekend, in a race that will take place on Sunday at 12:20pm local time.


"We are coming into a very important weekend for the team, for KTM and for Red Bull; it is certainly the race of the year for them.

My goal is to keep taking steps forward. My fitness had improved a lot at Brno. Every time I get on the bike I feel like I'm making small improvements and I'm getting better adapted to the class. I come to Austria very prepared to work hard in order to be among the fastest riders again."


"We arrive in Austria in very good shape and able to fight for the podium again. The goal is to start the weekend strong and finish it even better. We are looking for the win, but the work has been very consistent at every race and I am very happy with how things are going so far. We know that it is a special GP for Red Bull and for KTM, although we will try to approach it as a normal weekend, as if it is not here that we win, we will have other opportunities to do so later on. Everything will be very close at the Red Bull Ring, but by doing our job we can be among the best riders."

Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders targetting blockbuster weekend in Spielberg

Aron Canet and Enea Bastianini come into the Austrian Grand Prix ready to continue their progress in the Moto3 class.

Just one week on from the Moto3 season resuming at the Czech Grand Prix, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 riders are back in action at the series’ latest round. The Austrian Grand Prix is next up, at a track that made its return to the calendar last season. Aron Canet and Enea Bastianini have mixed memories of their first participation at the circuit, which provides some of the most impressive scenery around.

In his rookie campaign last year, Canet started the Austrian GP from the second row of the grid and maintained fourth place on the opening laps. However, his lack of experience then led him to lose ground progressively, leaving him in 21st place at the chequered flag.

Teammate Bastianini started the 2016 race from the front row, and picked up the third of a series of podiums that would lead to him ending the season as runner-up in the World Championship.

This season, Canet arrives at Spielberg third in the overall standings, trailing only Joan Mir and Romano Fenati. Bastianini continues to give his best in a difficult season, although he hopes to continue taking steps to recovering the brilliant form he had lastyear.

The first Free Practice session for the Moto3 class will be held on Friday at 9:00am, with the Austrian Grand Prix itself taking place at 11am on Sunday.

Enea Bastianini

10th in the overall standings with 59 points

"I did quite well at Spielberg last year, and this motivates me a lot"

"After the difficult weekend at the Czech Grand Prix, we head to the Spielberg circuit -a track where last year I did quite well, which motivates me a lot. In addition, I got a good position on the grid for the race and finished on the podium on the Sunday. I hope to have a good feeling on the bike, right from the first Free Practice on Friday, so that we can be strong in qualifying and try to start the race from the front positions. At Brno we saw that starting far back on the grid makes racing even more difficult. We will work towards that goal and try to be in the fight with the front group."

Arón Canet

3rd in the overall standings with 126 points

"Spielberg is a circuit where we can get a good result"

"I’m very motivated for Austria after the podium I got at Brno. Last year at Spielberg was really bad, because the setup of our bike and my riding style were not adapted to a track with such strong angles, but I think this year we have improved a lot and Spielberg is a circuit where we can get a good result. My goal will again be to get into the front group and try to continue learning, finish the race and take the maximum possible points.”


With points scored in the last five races, Jorge Navarro is getting more and more familiar with Moto2 and the Federal Oil Team Gresini Kalex machine. In Austria, the country hosting the next event of the season this weekend, the Spaniard will try to aim for an even better result.

The 21-year-old Spanish rider showed great speed in practice and qualifying at Brno last weekend, so he is now hoping to make the difference at the Red Bull Ring – despite the Austrian venue not being his favourite on the calendar. Navarro – who currently lies in 14th place in the standings - was not able to the finish line of the Austrian GP last year, after starting from 17th place on the grid. In this Moto2 rookie season, however, many things will be different.

Moto2 action for the Austrian GP will get underway on Friday at 10:55 local time (GMT +2) with free practice one.


“I must admit: Spielberg’s racetrack is my least favourite one of the whole calendar. It’s too much stop&go. Last year we struggled with the Honda Moto3 machine, but I’m aware of how different things will be this year. Moto2 is a complete different universe, so we need to get our head down and work hard without thinking of how much I like the track. I think if we keep doing things like we’ve done lately we’ll get to Sunday with a smile on our face.”


The MotoGP World Championship is quickly getting back up to speed after the summer break as it now heads to the second of two back-to-back races, scheduled for this weekend at the Red Bull Ring. Team Del Conca Gresini Moto3 will take part in the Austrian GP – the eleventh event of the season - with both riders Fabio Di Giannantonio and Jorge Martin.

Martin will try to get back on track after the ‘failed’ attempt at Brno, although it is unlikely that his fitness condition will have improved drastically by then. The young Spaniard will try nevertheless to get some feeling back with his Honda NSF250RW and better prepare for Silverstone, Jorge’s real target for a full comeback.

The Austrian GP could not arrive any earlier for Di Giannantonio, who now hopes to make amends for the poor result scored in Czech Republic. The 18-year-old Italian will do his utmost starting from Friday’s free practice session, which will get underway at 9:00 local time (GMT +2).


“We did quite well there last year by finishing in the top-10. It’s quite an unusual track, with not too many corners if you know what I mean. However, last year I enjoyed it and I hope it will be the same this time. After such a poor result like the one we had in Brno, we will surely aim at the very best and I’m happy that we’re soon hitting the track again!”


“The approach will be the same one we had in Brno. We will take to the track and see where we are fitness-wise. It will be difficult, because we’re aware of how hard it is to ride with an ankle in such condition. I think, realistically, the goal will be to get fully fit to Silverstone, but we will give it a try in Spielberg anyways!”

MotoGP circus returns to Red Bull Ring

Preview: Spielberg GP

The eleventh race of the season bringd the squad of Peugeot Motocycles SAXOPRINT back to Austria. At the “Red Bull Ring” everyone expects a big spectacle on and offside the track – just like last year at the premiere.

For the second time since 1997 a race of the Motorcycle World Championship will take place in Austria. After 18 years the MotoGP came back at the Red Bull Ring last year – with a lot of success. About 215.00 spectators came to the premiere weekend at the 1996 newly planned circuit in Styria.

The scenic surroundings of the Murtal region not only present great motorsport but also a breath-taking mountain panorama.

The special features of the Austrian circuit are the many altitude differences on the 4,3-kilometre-long track providing an exceptional view over the facility. For the riders this circuit is one of the fastest in the calendar – a challenge for the pilot and his machine.

Following the home race of Jakub Kornfeil where the team once again missed out on their aspiration the Saxony based crew is confronted with a lot of work during this race weekend. A test on Monday should also help the team to boost the performance finally.

Just like every other European race the schedule for the Austrian GP starts with the first Free Practice of the Moto3TM class on Friday at 9am. The race will kick off on Sunday at 11am.

#84 Jakub Kornfeil:

“I really want to race in Austria. I am looking forward to it because it´s nice to have two races in a row. Between the two weekends I was training so I am well prepared. I feel positive about the weekend because I think our bike can be fast on this track. It contains a lot of straights but also corners and if you find a good line there you can be fast. The area around the circuit is absolutely beautiful and it has a really special atmosphere. With the mountains around the weather can change very quickly so let´s see what it will bring – I am hoping for rain at least.”

#4 Patrik Pulkkinen:

“I am really looking forward to race in Spielberg. The circuit is really nice and I like it a lot. Compared to other tracks it´s quite simple because you do not have that many corners. It´s mostly: corner and then a straight, another corner and again a straight. I have been here last year already so I know the track and it´s a lot of fun. For this weekend I hope to improve and show a better performance than I did in the Czech GP but also I want to enjoy the racing. I know I have to make a step forward right now.”

Marini and Baldassarri on their way to continue positive progress in Austria

Just a few days after a truly breathtaking start into the second half of the season, the Forward Racing Team duo of Luca Marini and Lorenzo Baldassarri is already gearing up for the eleventh round of the 2017 Moto2 World Championship season, which takes places this weekend at the picturesque Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Fresh off from his fantastic fourth place in the Czech Republic Marini is more than motivated to arrive at the 4.326-kilometer circuit to display his masterclass again. With a good start and a sophisticated strategy in the shortened 6 laps sprint race at the Automotodrom Brno, the 19-year old secured fourth position in wet conditions, which is his career best Moto2 World Championship result to date. Marini is now looking to do one more step towards the top.

On the other side of the Forward Racing Team garage, Baldassarri, who still recovers from a fractured ankle succumbed in the Netherlands earlier this summer, did well to bring his 2017 Kalex home in Brno, while understanding his physical condition and collecting precious data, which he wants to exploit during the upcoming days in Spielberg.

The back-to-back race weekend commences this Friday with the first free practice for the Forward Racing Team riders at 10.55 local time in Austria.

Luca Marini

“The Red Bull Ring is a strange track, but last year I performed quite well here. Our bike and myself improved a lot this season, so I think we can have a good weekend and be close to the front again. It will be important to take all occasions we can get to proof our great level. In comparison to Brno the forecast says it will be a quite cold weekend, so let’s see what we can retrieve there.”

Lorenzo Baldassarri

“The Austrian circuit is quite unique, it’s a bit strange, more like a formula 1 track, but nice. In sector one and two there are many straights and hard braking points with small corners, but T3 and T4 are really flowing, which I like. I’ll go there with a lot of data from the last weekend, where I was not perfectly fit, but with some more days of recovery and a good base I’m sure I’ll already feel better this time.”

Giovanni Cuzari - Team Owner

“After the action of last weekend, we didn’t really have time to catch a breath and now we’re already back on track for this Austrian round. The Red Bull Ring is a quite impressive circuit. Following our first event here last year, everybody was truly surprised of how well everything was working and how different this layout is. We are really looking forward to come back to Spielberg to see all the fans there in this beautiful landscape, which surrounds the race track. It goes without saying, that we can’t wait to see Luca doing well again and I’m sure he will soon be ready to fight for his first podium after this fantastic performance in Brno last time out. Lorenzo will be already stronger and hopefully in less pain here. It’s going to be another exciting weekend, we can’t wait to commence!”


After the weekend in Brno, it is time to back on track at Spielberg for the GP of Austria. In Moto2, Bagnaia is always in the group of the strongest guys. He is growing step by step Manzi. In Moto3, Migno and Bulega are ready to recover after the Czech race.

Spielberg (Austria), August 10th, 2017 - The weekend of the GP of Austria, the second consecutive race after the summer break, in the incredible layout of the Spielberg track says welcome to the riders of the Sky Racing Team VR46.

On track, motivated to continue the job done in Brno on their Moto2, Francesco Bagnaia, once again first Rookie last Sunday, and Stefano Manzi getting closer to the points area. Pecco, one of the fastest and most competitive in Brno, but penalized by the rain during the race, wants to confirm his potential also in Austria, while for Stefano the goal remains the Top15.

They will continue to develop their bikes Andrea Migno and Nicolò Bulega, both enthusiastic about the new swingarm and the new fairing tested in Czech Republic. Andrea, protagonist of a good recovery, wants to fight in the Top group for achieving a good result on the home track for KTM. Penalized by an infraction of the base of the right inch, as a result of the violent high side of last Saturday, Nicolò will try to recover as soon as possible.



A very special race for KTM this Sunday. In Brno, after the summer break, despite the uncertain weather, we were able to try all the new solutions scheduled, including the new swingarm and fairing. Both riders gave good feedback, but in the race we suffered the mixed conditions of the tarmac. Overall, in Spielberg we can be competitive and continuing the development program with a test, in Austria, the next Monday after the GP. In Moto2, Pecco has proven to be really competitive: always in the Top group. Even Stefano, after a difficult start on Friday, did a good job with his team and once again approached his goal. We have a good base for this race.

Pecco Bagnaia

We come from a really good weekend of work: in Brno we have been competitive in the free practice and in qualifying, on the dry tarmac the feelings were positive, the pace was great and I had the rhythm to fight with the Top guys. On Sunday morning, unfortunately, the weather has overturned the values of the weekend and I could not find the same feeling on the wet: an aspect that we have to continue to work on. Overall I know what our potential is and I can not wait to go back to the track.

Stefano Manzi

Last year I discovered the Spielberg track thanks to a wildcard with Mahindra. This will certainly make the things easier in the free practices. In Brno I struggled the first day to interpret the track with the new bike, but in qualifying I was close to the Top15. Unfortunately on Sunday the weather surprised me and, in so few laps, I was not able to achieve my goal.

Andrea Migno

Despite the eleventh position in the race, Brno was a good weekend where we were able to be competitive by adapting the bike to many different weather conditions between the FP and QP. Certainly I missed something in qualifying, to go into the head group, but I recovered a lot of positions in the race. The feeling with the bike is good and we are ready to back to the track in Austria.

Nicolo Bulega

The race in Brno was not easy: I did a good job between Friday and Saturday, while Sunday I struggled at the start and to keep the pace. A medical check following the high side in FP3, showed an infraction of the base of the inch that gave me problems during the race. I have to make the most of these few days to recover all the energies I need.

McPhee ready to master the Red Bull Ring

British Talent Team aiming to keep the momentum going after slicing through the field at Brno

John McPhee had a tough Saturday at the Czech GP, ending up P19 on the grid - but the story was far from over. Staging a great comeback on Sunday, the Scot moved through the field to just behind the podium group, crossing the line in sixth. Now it's time for the Austrian GP, and a very different challenge to Brno.

The Red Bull Ring is 4.3km long, with three left- and seven right-handed corners. It's a venue characterised by hard braking and acceleration, but the longest straight is 626m. Set in the spectacular Styrian Alps in Spielberg, the venue is one of the most breathtaking of the year.

Starting almost from scratch after only one previous visit to the track, McPhee is eager to get back out there; now having moved up to fourth in the Championship following the Czech GP. The mission is on to repeat the solid points haul taken last time out - and to keep the momentum rolling.

John McPhee: “On race day in Brno we made a good step forward, and had a strong comeback from qualifying nineteenth to coming home sixth. I'm really excited to keep the form strong going into Free Practice tomorrow. This track is very different to Brno - and one that we've not done many laps on - but I'm really looking forward to getting back out there.”

Austria Grand Prix: Preview

Few days from the good race in Brno, the Marinelli Rivacold Snipers team is already among the Austrian bike paths, waiting for putting the bike wheels on the amazing Spielberg circuit, Grand Prix at its second edition. Here, Romano Fenati, didn't participate to the race last year but, in the qualifying, he got the eleventh time. Jules Danilo arrived close to the point zone in the race and here he has to do well after the crash at Brno.

Romano Fenati: " At Brno, I got my fourth consecutive second place, even this one on a track where I never got the podium in the past and I fought on a wet track, in conditions where I was never comfortable in the past. This means that I am feeling good with my Honda and this gives me the right motivation to face the race, my first one in Austria".

Jules Danilo: "After a not excellent race weekend in Brno, it is important to keep the focus. We are on an amazing track with a wonderful atmosphere. On Saturday and Sunday the weather should be good, so we have to find on the feeling session by session and do a good qualifying".

Joan Mir returns to the ‘scene of his first crime’

Only four days after his sixth win of the season, the Moto3 championship leader comes to the Austrian circuit of the Spielberg, where 12 months ago his career took a decisive turn, monopolizing the event and delivering the Leopard Racing Team an extraordinary victory.

The Moto3 World Championship knows no rest: just after leaving the Czech Republic, the paddock is already moving on to the Red Bull Ring, where the 2017 Grand Prix of Austria will take place. The Austrian track returned to the calendar in 2016, after 19 years of absence. The circuit is located in the vicinity of Spielberg bei Knittelfeld in Styria, with an incredible elevation change of 65 metres and covers a total length of 4.3km, featuring just three left hand bends and seven to the right.

The first Grand Prix in Austria took place in 1971 at the Salzburgring circuit, which hosted Grand Prix racing until 1994. The Red Bull Ring was originally built in 1969, first known as the Österreichring. In 1996 it was renovated with the track-layout as it is known today, hosting Grand Prix events for two years as the 'A1-Ring', before being re-opened as the 'Red Bull Ring' in 2011.

Joan Mir returns to where it all began in many ways, the same track on which,12 months ago, his career began to take on an extraordinary bend by exploiting his talent and attracting the attention of both the media and fans. The Mallorcan rider achieved the hat-trick; pole position, fastest lap and victory. One year later, Joan Mir appears to be stronger, safer and more mature in Austria: supported by what he has achieved with six victories in 10 rounds, stretching his advantage over his rivals at almost any opportunity.

After his opaque performance in the Czech Republic, his team-mate Livio Loi will be determined to seek redemption to close the season 2017. Last year the Belgian was well represented at the debut on the Austrian track, becoming the author of a comeback from 21st to 10th position. Will he be able to improve and give another year's satisfaction to the Leopard Racing Team?

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