A trying day at the Red Bull Ring with a red-flag interrupted race, but Alex Marquez salvages points to continue his top 15 run. Stefan Bradl’s participation in next week’s Styria GP is confirmed as Marc Marquez continues his recovery.

Weather forecasts were once again proven wrong as glorious sunshine beat down on the Red Bull Ring for the fourth MotoGP race of the year. Both Repsol Honda Team RC213Vs shot off the line, Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl immediately gaining positions and joining the group battling for the top ten. But a red flag for a dramatic crash at Turn 3 saw the race stopped, restarted and run over 20 laps.

Alex made another strong start from 13th on the grid with the restart, immediately moving into the top ten as the field roared through the opening corners. The fighting was fierce in the first laps and the MotoGP rookie found himself shuffled down the order after his lightning start. But Alex’s consistency saw him stay free of trouble afterwards and benefit from the mistakes of others, moving back into the points. The Moto2 World Champion had a tight battle with podium-finisher Bradley Smith on the last lap, losing a piece of  his left aero after contact. Alex crossed the line in 14th but was promoted to 13th after the Brit was handed a penalty for exceeding track limits.

Like his team-mate, Stefan Bradl made up several positions in both starts to the Austrian GP. Staying in the mix with the full-time riders, Bradl held his own in the opening laps before eventually dropping back and losing contact with the group. Bradl took a 17th place finish, one better than in the previous round. Stefan Bradl will mount the Repsol Honda Team RC213V for a third time in place of Marc Marquez at the Grand Prix of Styria next week.

Takaaki Nakagami was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the restart as he raced forward to take sixth for yet another top-ten finish. Nakagami is also sixth in the championship, four points off Binder in fourth.

The MotoGP field remains at the Red Bull Ring for round six of the 2020 World Championship and the third of three races in a row next Sunday, August 23. 

Alex Marquez

13th

“More points from the weekend is good, but the race wasn’t what we wanted. In the first race I had a good feeling and we made a good start so I was able to make up some positions but then the red flag came out. For the restart of the second race, I was strong on the start again, but the feeling wasn’t the same and I struggled to keep up because the feeling with the new tyres wasn’t the same. Again, I had a lot of front pushing with the new tyres. I’m looking forward to coming back again next week, in Jerez we improved a lot for the second race. It was a big crash between Zarco and Morbidelli, I hope everyone who fell today is OK. Whenever you see a crash like that you get very worried.”

Stefan Bradl

17th

“It was a tough weekend for us, we didn’t have the speed we needed, we were hurt by the sessions that were wet or damp because we still needed to test a lot of parts. This limited our time to prepare for the race, so our situation was not as competitive as it could have been. Either way, we learned a lot from the weekend, and we’ll see what happens next weekend when I again get to ride for the Repsol Honda Team. Now it’s time to sit down and analyse the data. I hope that Morbidelli and those who had crashes today are OK. I arrived at the crash soon after and there were many parts flying everywhere, it was a scary moment. I didn’t see the crash itself, but seeing bikes destroyed like that is always a worry.”

MotoGP 2020
Race Round 5   Austria

Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich Race Results

Dry
Humidity
45%
Track Temp
53°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA 25 Ducati Team Ducati 28'20.853
2 Mir Joan 36 SPA 20 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1.377
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS 16 Pramac Racing Ducati 1.549
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA 13 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 5.536
5 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA 11 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 5.837
6 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 10 LCR Honda Honda 6.403
7 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 9 Ducati Team Ducati 12.498
8 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 8 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 12.534
9 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 7 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 14.117
10 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 6 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 15.276
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 5 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 17.772
12 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 4 Pramac Racing Ducati 23.271
13 Smith Bradley 38 GBR 3 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 24.943
14 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 2 Repsol Honda Team Honda 24.868
15 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR 1 LCR Honda Honda 27.435
16 Rabat Tito 53 SPA 0 Esponsorama Racing Ducati 28.502
17 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda 18.609
18 Rins Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki DNF
19 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM DNF
20 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 0 Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM DNF
21 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 0 Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha DNF
22 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 0 Esponsorama Racing Ducati DNF
Location Information

The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg is located beautifully in the Murtal-region of Styria, Austria. The circuit was originally built in 1969, then known as the Österreichring. In 1996 it was rebuilt with the track-layout it still had when, in 2011, it was reopened as the Red Bull Ring and… read more.

Length 4.3 km / 2.68 miles
Width 13 metres
Left corners 3
Right corners 7
Longest straight 626 m / 2053.81 ft
Constructed 1969
Modified 1996

Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Steiermark, Austria - View in Google Maps

www.projekt-spielberg.com/en

Records

Pole Position 1m23.027s (187.2 Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Lap 1m23.827s (185.4 Km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2019)
Race Time 39m34.771s (183.2) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2019)
2020 Race Winners Austrian GP: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) - Styrian GP: Miguel Oliveira (KTM)