Moto3 championship standings after Austria:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race in Austria:
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class in Spielberg:
Some spits of rain set the scene for the first action of the day and with the forecast looking the same for the rest of Saturday, riders perhaps begrudgingly took to the track. The lightweight class was riding in fully went conditions for the first time this weekend and the situation was complicated by different conditions in various sections of the track.
The weather had threatened to interfere in proceedings from the first time we glanced at a forecast for Spielberg and that threat became reality ten minutes into the first session of the afternoon. Spots of rain in the first sector saw Moto3 riders halt play after only four laps on the board but we still got some action in the final twenty minutes, once the light shower eased and the track got busy once again.
With barely any respite, the GP circus was back in show at the rapid Red Bull Ring and so was Jorge Martin. The Spaniard was back in action after surgery on his wrist following a crash last Friday in Brno, in a bid to minimise the damage to his championship aspirations. With the habitual runaway leader of the lightweight class still convalescent, there was no dominant force in FP1, Marco Bezzecchi, John McPhee and Philipp Oettl sharing the top of the timesheets in equal parts until a late shootout.
The announcement of the MotoGP test dates in the middle of last week have given a hint of how the 2019 MotoGP calendar is to take shape. The official announcement is not expected for another month or so – Dorna are still waiting for the F1 calendar to be published, to try to avoid direct clashes with the premier car racing series. The F1 calendar will not have the same influence as it had in previous years, however: since new owners Liberty took over the series, they have moved the start time of F1 races to 3:10pm Central European Time, some 10 minutes after MotoGP has finished the podium ceremony.
The MotoGP test schedule sees three official tests taking place over the winter, though one of them is before the official winter break. The MotoGP field will be at Jerez on the 28th and 29th November for the first official test. This basically converts the previous private test, which most teams attended, into an official one, forcing all of the teams to take the track together, and to an extent, improving the coverage of the test.
Testing continues after the winter break, the teams picking up at Sepang on the 6th-8th of February. Two weeks later, the MotoGP teams assemble once again for the final test before the season begins, at Qatar from the 23rd to the 25th February. Moto2 and Moto3 test at the same Losail Circuit a week later, and the first race of the 2019 MotoGP season will almost certainly take place on 10th March.
Moto3 standings after Brno:
Results and summary of the Moto3 race at Brno: