Styria GP – Schedules and objectives of the 2021 MotoGP Styria Grand Prix

Six endless weeks have passed since the last MotoGP race in Assen (Netherlands), won by Fabio Quartararo ahead of Maverick Viñales and Joan Mir … Thanks to this fourth success, the French star had increased his advantage provisional to 34 units on Johann Zarco. , the first Ducati rider in the general before the summer break with his four podiums.

Only Johann’s first victory to complete this exciting and historic French double at the helm of the Motorcycle Grand Prix is ​​missing! Good choice: the “return to first class” is taking place precisely on favorable ground for the Desmosedici in Cannes: the Red Bull Ring circuit in Austria, where the Italian brand has no more and no less than five victories in six editions !

KTM -at home- is the second leading manufacturer on the Spielberg track: Miguel Oliveira got his first victory at the RC16 Tech3 last year. The Portuguese, 7th provisionally, would be seen doing it again as a result of his four successful races before the summer holidays, including a victory in Catalonia. An increase explained by the new chassis and the most fuel efficient KTM factory.

The Red Bull Ring, a circuit for large engines

If the Italian and Austrian GPs are so successful in the 4,318 km of the Austrian track, it is largely due to its especially rapid development: the track has only ten turns (7 on the right and 3 on the left), including several high-speed. breaks.

The longest of the three straights -separated by slightly uphill curves- is 626 m and the top speed exceeds 320 km / h (320.4 km / h for Dovizioso in 2020). To put it bluntly: the Red Bull Ring is a less technical circuit that gives a privileged place to engine restarts, as evidenced by its intimidating average lap speeds in excess of 185 km / h!

This relatively straight format is not particularly appreciated by riders, especially those who do not ride a Ducati or a KTM! -, who also find the “Red Bull” track quite dangerous. Its coating deserves a facelift, while its design and free spaces are limited in some parts.

These characteristics proved to be flagrant last year during the spectacular clash between Zarco and Morbidelli, whose damaged motorcycles almost cut Rossi and Viñales. Many then protested against the danger of the place … with relative indifference: proof of this is the decision to hold a second consecutive race this year after the cancellation of the Finnish GP. Security or profitability, Dorna has chosen: Red Bull gives help!

“Fabio makes a difference”

However, Fabio Quartararo (8th and 13th last year in Austria) will have a lot to do over the next two weekends to maintain his advantage, although the young Nice has shown his ability to challenge the odds: his victories in Doha. GP and then the Portuguese GP indicate that it is capable of shining on circuits not specially cut for the M1.

The No. 20 thus honors his new status as an official Yamaha rider, while returning to his skipper the brilliance lost in previous seasons: Fabio’s perfect career even pushed his teammate Maverick Viñales (2nd in Assen but 5th provisionally) to give up his enviable factory. handlebar, so far no known perspective for next season!

The Yamaha is certainly more homogeneous, but I think it is Fabio who makes the difference: he is at a high level and always manages to make great races.“, sums up the official Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia, currently 3rd in the provisional classification, with great sportiness.

“Pecco” is followed by former defending champion Joan Mir, who has only signed three modest third places since the start of the season. The Mallorcan evokes the lack of development and top speed of his GSX-RR to explain his delay of 55 points over the leader, while his teammate Alex Rins only occupies the 14th position after too many falls followed by an injury which occurred while sending text messages. on your bike!

Márquez to confirm, Pedrosa and Crutchlow to observe

This tenth race of 2021 will also be followed to measure the expected progress of Marc Márquez, who has so far struggled to regain speed since his white season due to his severe shoulder injury. The Spaniard undoubtedly won “his” favorite circuit of the Sachsenring (Germany) but immediately fell to 7th place the next race in the Netherlands …

The number 93 is, however, one of the great beneficiaries of the remarkably long format of the summer holidays (“thank you” the Covid-19 …), which will have allowed him to rest his arm and continue with the recovery of muscle mass. . . The eight-time world champion also took the opportunity to whip up a CBR600RR with a very incisive style, video above! A warning to your rivals?

Also note the return to the handlebars of two -not so- former riders appreciated by the public: Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow, riding a KTM wild card for the Spanish and Franco Morbidelli’s Yamaha for the British. To continue, of course, at MNC: stay tuned!

Schedules for the 2021 MotoGP Styria Grand Prix ()

Friday, August 6th

  • 09:00 – 09:40: Free training FP1 Moto3
  • 09:55 – 10:40: FP1 MotoGP free practice
  • 10:55 – 11:35: Free training FP1 Moto2
  • 13:15 – 13:55: Free training FP2 Moto3
  • 14:10 to 14:55: MotoGP FP2 free practice
  • 15:10 – 15:50: Free training FP2 Moto2

Saturday 7 August

  • 09:00 – 09:40: Free training FP3 Moto3
  • 09:55 – 10:40: FP3 MotoGP free practice
  • 10:55 – 11:35: Free training FP3 Moto2
  • 12:35 – 13:15: Moto3 qualifying practices
  • 13:30 – 14:00: Free MotoGP FP4 training
  • 14:10 – 14:25: MotoGP QP1 qualifying practice
  • 14:35 – 14:50: MotoGP QP2 qualifying practice
  • 15:10 – 15:50: Moto2 qualifying practices
  • 5:00 pm: Press conference

Sunday, August 8th

  • 08:40 – 09:00: Moto3 warm-up
  • 09:10 – 09:30: Moto2 warm-up
  • 09:40 – 10:00: MotoGP warm-up
  • 11:00: Moto3 race
  • 12:20: Moto2 race
  • 14:00: MotoGP race

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