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Márquez facing a very difficult challenge at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring

Márquez facing a very difficult challenge at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring

The Spanish Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda RC 213 V), who has chained two consecutive victories in the last two races, will find himself this weekend with a very complicated challenge in the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix that takes place at the Red circuit Spielberg’s Bull Ring.

Last year, both Ducati and Yamaha were far superior to the Repsol Honda of Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa in a circuit that is the one where the motorcycles develop the highest average speed, having only ten corners and being located 677 meters above the level. from the sea, in the area of ​​the Styrian Alps, with a maximum speed of 313 km / h. as its straight is one of the shortest in the championship, only ahead of Jerez, Assen and Misano Adriatico.

Márquez will have to work hard to try or find himself very behind in a classification in which last year both the Ducati, who made a double on the podium, and the two Yamaha, beat him and end up relegating him to fifth place, which was the one he occupied last year.

In his favor, he counts on the fact that the performance of the Repsol Honda has improved remarkably this year and the Spielberg circuit, which is open 365 days a year since then it hosts snowmobile races, skating or cross-country skiing, arrives with the moral through the roof after his two consecutive victories at Sachsenring (Germany) and Brno (Czech Republic).

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Precisely the tests that practically all the teams have carried out in Brno, after the grand prix, made clear the high level of Marc Márquez’s Repsol Honda, surpassed only by the Yamaha of Italian Valentino Rossi, who released a new fairing with protuberances to the height of the dome as wings.

But in order of relevance, those who have the most options in the Red Bull Ring are the Ducati riders, who last year took the top two podium positions and, in particular, Andrea Dovizioso, who obviously is much more adapted to his bike than the one. Spanish Jorge Lorenzo.

Dovizioso could not pass from sixth position in the “flag to flag” race that was the Czech Grand Prix, still much better than Lorenzo, who in a fatal failure of his team was postponed to fifteenth position.

Spielberg’s layout should be much better for their interests and either of them should be candidates for victory, although in the case of Jorge Lorenzo it could be the great shock to his start to the season, especially if the spectacular ‘Triple wings’ that he equipped his Ducati with in Brno are as effective as it sounds.

Behind the two Ducati riders should be the representatives of Yamaha and Repsol Honda, almost equally, although both Rossi and Viñales are better positioned if the results of last year are taken into account.

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Thus, Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa will have to make an effort to be at the level of their rivals, although their latest results give them a “plus” of efficiency that should have their confirmation at the Red Bull Ring to consolidate their positions in the case of the former and advance something in the table as far as the second is concerned.

Behind them, although on more than one occasion they have already interfered in the battle for the podium, will be the French Johann Zarco and the German Jonas Folger, as well as the Italian Danilo Petrucci and the British Cal Crutchlow, who have practically official mechanics from their respective suppliers, Ducati and Honda.

The Spanish Álvaro Bautista, once again, should be one of the aspiring to a good result at the handlebar of his Ducati Desmosedici GP16, which threw him on the ground in Brno, which is already more than enough reason to try to seek his particular compensation .

Special mention should be made of the KTM riders who arrive at “their” track, as both the motorcycle manufacturer and its main sponsor are from the “area” and most of their development tests are carried out on the Spielberg track.

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At the Red Bull Ring, both the Spaniard Pol Espargaró, who is sure to arrive in full swing after the ninth position he achieved at the Brno circuit, as well as the British Bradley Smith, will have the opportunity to advance with the set-up they have tried so many times in this tracing.

Another Espargaró, Aleix, will have a new opportunity to demonstrate the progress made with the Aprilia RS-GP, with which he came to be second in the Czech race, but which ended up relegating him to eighth position when he was penalized with the loss of three positions for the incident in which he was the protagonist with the Italian Andrea Iannone (Suzuki GSX-RR) in the workshop street.

Tito Rabat (Honda RC 213 V), Héctor Barberá (Ducati Desmosedici GP16) and Alex Rins (Suzuki GSX-RR) are three very different cases -the first two have previous experience in MotoGP but are not capable of performing at the level they of them is expected while the third is a debutant in the category and his injury in Austin is greatly conditioning his performance, but with the same objective, which is none other than to advance in the points table. EFE

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