2017 Austria MotoGP Preview Press Releases

Press release previews from the teams and Michelin:


The Repsol Honda Team head to the Red Bull Ring leading the standings

With no time to rest following their perfect 1-2 at the Brno Grand Prix (the fifth double-podium finish for the Repsol Honda Team out of 10 races this season), Championship leader Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are focused on this Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

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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

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Jack Miller Joins Pramac Ducati For 2018

Pramac Ducati have announced they have signed Jack Miller for the 2018 MotoGP season. The Australian will ride a Desmosedici alongside Danilo Petrucci next year. Miller's contract is directly with Ducati, however, rather than Pramac.

The move had been rumored for some time, and had been expected to be announced last week at Brno. But last week, Miller was still waiting for details of the package his current Marc VDS team could offer. Marc VDS, in turn, were waiting for confirmation from HRC of exactly what equipment they would be supplying, and more importantly, which personnel would be available.

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Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 57: Flag-To-Flag Fun At Brno

With MotoGP back on track, the Paddock Pass Podcast also makes a return. Neil Morrison and David Emmett discuss a fascinating Czech Grand Prix at Brno. The race left us with plenty to talk about, not least because of the way in which Marc Marquez took victory.

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Guest Video Blog: Freddie Spencer's Rider Insights On Brno, And Thoughts On Ángel Nieto

MotoMatters.com, in association with Motor Sport Magazine, is proud to feature the rider insights of 1983 and 1985 500cc world champion Freddie Spencer. Every week after each MotoGP race, Fast Freddie will share what he saw and learned from the race.

This week, Freddie Spencer starts his video blog with his memories of Ángel Nieto, who died last Thursday. Fast Freddie arrived on the race scene just as Nieto was coming to the end of his career, and though they never raced in the same class, he got to know the Spaniard a little both at the time, and later, when they were both riding at classic events.

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Pata Yamaha Confirm Alex Lowes For The 2018 WorldSBK Season

Yamaha today confirmed their rider line-up for 2018 with Alex Lowes re-signed to the Japanese manufacturer.

Despite having consistently being the man most likely to break the Kawasaki and Ducati monopoly Lowes' future had been uncertain until his Suzuka 8 Hours success. Having stood on the WorldSBK rostrum twice for Yamaha this year it had looked like a foregone conclusion that a new contract would be signed, sealed and delivered early in the summer. As it was patience was key for Lowes but in the end he got the deal that he had been chasing.

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2017 Brno MotoGP Monday Test Notes: A New Winner Among The Fresh Fairings

Monday was the next episode in a busy ten days for MotoGP. After the Czech Grand Prix, Brno played host to the traditional post-race test, with all the MotoGP paddock bar the satellite Ducatis taking part. After a mixed weekend of weather, conditions were absolutely perfect, with warm (but not hot) temperatures, clear skies, and a track that got better and better as the day went on and bikes laid down more rubber.

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2017 Brno MotoGP 2:30pm Test Times: Viñales Leads Crutchlow And Folger

Shortly after the lunch break at Brno, Maverick Viñales leads the test, still just a fraction ahead of Cal Crutchlow. Viñales has tested Yamaha's new aerodynamic package, featuring a nose scoop which resembles that used by the KTM. Sam Lowes has packed up for the day, to allow an infected wound in his foot to be dressed by the Clinica Mobile, and Cal Crutchlow has just about finished his testing program for Monday.

Times at 2:30pm:

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2017 Brno MotoGP 12pm Test Times: Viñales Fastest At Lunchtime

The majority of the MotoGP paddock is back in action on Monday morning, with all of the teams bar the satellite Ducatis (Pramac, Avintia, Aspar) taking to the track for the post-race test. They have a lot of things to be testing: Yamaha have a new aerodynamic package, Maverick Viñales has a frame to test, Andrea Dovizioso is trialling the aerodynamic package raced by Jorge Lorenzo, Sam Lowes has a new fairing on the Aprilia, and Michelin has a two front tire constructions and a rear tire they want the riders to test.

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2017 Brno MotoGP Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Michelin after the tenth round of the championship:


Master-class win for Marquez at Brno with Pedrosa second to complete a Repsol Honda Team 1-2

Marc Marquez took a back-to-back victory at Brno today in challenging conditions, his third this year and the 58th in his career, extending his championship lead to 14 points over his closest follower.

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2017 Brno Moto2 And Moto3 Post-Race Press Releases

Press releases from the Moto2 and Moto3 teams after Sunday's Czech Grand Prix:


Arenas Bounces Back to Points After Back-Row Penalty

Brno, Czech Republic 6 August 2017: Aspar Mahindra team rider Albert Arenas, in his come-back ride after missing three races due to injury, claimed a brilliant place in the championship points today, overcoming a time-sheet penalty that meant he had to start from last on the grid.

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2017 Brno MotoGP Sunday Round Up: The Logistics Of Flag-to-Flag, and Exploiting Opportunity

Flag-to-flag races. You either love them or hate them. For some, flag-to-flag racing adds an extra dimension to MotoGP, rewarding teams and riders who are smart with their strategy selection, bringing much greater rewards for those who are prepared to take calculated risks, while also carrying a much greater punishment if you risk too much. It is not enough to get the setup right for the conditions, teams also have to assess how conditions might change, and riders have to judge the optimum time to come in and swap bikes. It places a greater emphasis on teamwork, rather than just the rider.

For others, however, flag-to-flag races are just a lottery, the outcome decided largely by chance. Victory goes not necessarily to the fastest rider on the track, but to the one who gambles correctly on the right tire, the right time to pit, on how the weather develops. The team has too much influence on the outcome, relegating the rider to a secondary role. It isn't the fastest rider who wins the race, it is the luckiest rider.

Unsurprisingly, there is often a correlation between how you feel about flag-to-flag racing and how your favorite rider performs in those conditions. My favorite rider is a master strategist, backed by a canny team. Your favorite rider is a lucky devil who fell face first into a bucket full of horseshoes, and wouldn't have won if it hadn't been for the team doing all the hard work and telling them exactly what to do and when to do it.

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