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Marc Márquez following Jorge Lorenzo | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
Marc Márquez following Jorge Lorenzo | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

He had actually expected the other Ducati | Dramatic MotoGP race at the motorcycle Grand Prix of Austria

Spielberg | Red Bull Ring – World champion Marc Márquez aimed to be in the lead at the end of the MotoGP race with a Ducati to fight for the victory. That it would be Jorge Lorenzo’s and he would not be within striking distance in the last corner, was a bit surprising for him…

The Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso managed the best start with his Desmosedici GP (tyres front and rear: medium) at the MotoGP race from Austria. But already in Turn 3 Marc Márquez overtook him inside. He cut him so much that Dovi lost much speed to avoid a collision. Jorge Lorenzo used the duel in front of him to move past both. Due to the manoeuvre Dovizioso fell also briefly behind the Suzuki EcstarTeam Rider Alex Rins, who came from the 10th starting place forward.

It was now one after another. In lap 2 Marc positioned himself in the “Remus” (Turn 3) at the top and set himself apart from the others “fastest lap” one after another. The Ducati factory team was able to follow him, while the rest of the field had been in a respectable distance. Crutchlow, Petrucci and Rins fought in the rear bitterly for the 4th place, which was also about the top position of the riders from Independent Teams.

Marc left all the others in the dust on his Honda RC213V (tyres front: medium, back: hard), with the target of finally winning for the first time the Grand Prix of Austria. Ducati could not withhold him. He drove up to a half-second faster per lap than the second-placed Jorge Lorenzo and managed to pull ahead about a second. Dovi pressure more on Jorge in the meantime and but could not pass him and therefore got kept back.

From the tenth lap on, the Ducati riders could reduce the distance to Márquez again. This distance settled after a couple of rounds on half a second. The distance to the rest of the field had increased at this stage of the race already on more than five seconds. Jorge could catch up with the fastest lap to Marc eleven laps before finish and the battle for victory started. One round later, he became the lead at the end on the start-finish line. The fierce fight for the victory between the two pilots was now in full swing. Andrea made a slight mistake in breaking in the corner and had to go wide. Therefore a small gap to the two leading riders opened up.

In the lead, Jorge Lorenzo was able to make the best use of the superior engine performance and braking stability of his Ducati Desmosedici GP (tyres front and rear: soft) in order to easily set himself apart from Marc. Eight laps before the end, both Ducati drove two tenths of a second faster than the factory Honda. In the last five laps, the two Spaniards and team-mates of the next year at Honda then delivered a fascinating exchange of blows. Dovi could no longer hold the pace and felt almost two seconds behind the duo. Marc was getting closer to his compatriot, a mistake by Jorge when braking from Turn 3 allowed him to lead the race again, three laps before the end.

With the Desmo power of his Ducati Jorge came out of Turn 8 closer to Marc, to pass him in the subsequent corner by an aggressive maneuver. Marc was shaken back and forth on his Honda, like on a rodeo horse, but remained firmly in the saddle. In Turn 3, Marc was again in the lead, the exchange of blows and thus the suspense increased immensely. At that moment it did not look like as Márquez maneuvered for the World Cup, he rather went for the victory. On the start-finish straight Jorge passed again, this time with a slight body contact at over 300 km/h.

In the last lap in Turn 3, Marc’s new attack failed. By driving outside, Jorge prevented Marc from cutting his line and with accelerating out of the corner he was this time way ahead. Marc came a little closer then, but could not manage to get so close to his front man as last year in the last lap, in order to be able to start a final all-important attack. And so also in the third race after the return of the motorcycle World Championship to Styria a Ducati won – “Austria is Ducati Land”. This time in front of officially 206,746 enthusiastic spectators on the entire race weekend. Jorge Lorenzo is already the third Ducati winner here in Spielberg within last three years, after Andrea Dovizioso last year and Andrea Iannone in 2016.

As in Brno, this race has shown, that it is very difficult to win for the reigning world champion and current championship leader Marc Márquez on routes where the engine power is decisive. Ducati is currently barely to beat with his Desmosedici GP on such tracks. In two weeks, MotoGP will head to Silverstone in the UK. I am already curious to see how the current tournament between the two Ducati factory pilots and the Honda factory driver will proceed.

Text and photos: Armin Hoyer | ARMIN ON BIKE – arminonbike.com

Marc Márquez Spielberg Qualifying |  Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
Marc Márquez Spielberg Qualifying | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

A very close call | Marc Márquez in the MotoGP qualifying in Spielberg extremely scant ahead of Andrea Dovizioso

Spielberg | Red Bull ring – The wing beat of a honey bee is with 5 milliseconds not really long. Just less than half of that time Marc Márquez had advantage in the MotoGP qualifying session compared to the second placed Andrea Dovizioso today and barely won the pole position for tomorrow’s eyetime motorcycle Grand Prix of Austria…

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MotoGP Spielberg | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
MotoGP Spielberg | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

Make a wish | MotoGP stars sketch in the motorcycle Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring the racetrack of their dreams

Spielberg | Red Bull Ring – At the first official press conference of this year’s motorcycle Grand Prix of Austria, the last question to the driver led to exhilaration and a boisterous mood. On Facebook, a fan asked how the stars imagine their absolute dream track…

Before each race, there’s a press conference with selected drivers. In addition to the current top riders of MotoGP, namely Marc Márquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, also the two KTM riders Bradley Smith, and actual Moto2 Championship leader Miguel Oliveira were present.

As usual, at the beginning a question and answer session moderated by a MotoGP officer was on the program. In retrospect, Marc was satisfied with his third place at the last race in Brno, especially in regard to the World Cup title. Tests would have brought some interesting findings on Monday. The possible fight for the victory with the strong Ducati here in Spielberg would be lovely, important is however primarily a podium again.

Valentino said the tests at Brno had brought no significant new findings but he will get out everything from his bike, what is possible. It is also not the ideal route for him and his Yamaha, his goal is simply to achieve the optimum. Andrea, last year’s winner and winner of the last race, came here with much confidence, the Ducati was strong at Red Bull ring and the competition would have caught up on the previous year.

Since winning at Mugello, another Jorge was again on the move, he said confidently. The Ducati run well, he feels strong and aiming to race for the victory. Bradley grieves on the one hand, that his team-mates Mika and Pol are out due to injuries, the advantage, however, is that now the whole team is focused on him. There is no much around to drive back in the top 10.

At the end the question was raised via Facebook, how the riders would imagine their favorite course. After the presentation of a course with highlights from several courses on the MotoGP calendar, the driver received panels to sketch their course of dreams. Various results came out of this, from very humorous to in detail thought through.

Jorge Lorenzo’s course was clearly an allusion to his year’s Ducati and Honda next year. The sensational Ducati can play out its strengths very well on the straight, the Honda performs in the tangle of curves better. Marc Márquez likes left turns and as slippery as possible. The Doctor had a scientific explanation ready befitting for his ideal race track for us. Andrea Dovizioso surprised and puzzled us with his version of a perfect race track. The background for this has not opened up me until now.

Since the press conference was held in English, the driver gave more interviews in their national language after the official end. The crowd was enormous at that time. Tomorrow it’s really starting then, in the morning, the first training sessions begin. I’ll be back live for you. Until then!

Text and photos : Armin Hoyer | ARMIN ON BIKE – arminonbike.com

DUCATI Paris | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
DUCATI Paris | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

One Night in Paris | Visit at Ducati Paris close to the Triumphal Arch

Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile | Paris – A visit to DUCATI Paris could not be missed during my short visit in the French capital. Moreover, as the business is located at a very prominent address, only a few metres from the famous triumphal arch on the Avenue de la Grande-Armée…

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Marc Márquez at Red Bull Ring | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
Marc Márquez at Red Bull Ring | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

Premiere at Red Bull Ring | MotoGP star Marc Márquez tests for the first time a Formula 1 car

Red Bull Ring | Spielberg – In very unusual terrain has ventured the currently probably the fastest MotoGP rider and thus fulfilled a long-awaited dream. Upon the invitation of Red Bull Racing, Marc Márquez got the chance to test a Formula 1 racing car for the first time and to show off his skills on four wheels…

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ARMIN ON BIKE on KTM 790 Duke | Photo: Stephanie Haras - Il Moto
ARMIN ON BIKE on KTM 790 Duke | Photo: Stephanie Haras - Il Moto

With an hot Upper Austrian through the Wachau | Test of the new KTM Duke 790

Wachau | Lower Austria – On a warm and sunny afternoon in Aprils second half I was given the chance by Il Moto in Vienna to test the KTM Duke 790 extensively. My destination was the Wachau, for this time being in full bloom and with various given road surfaces; ideal for a bike test and comparison with my own Ducati 821…

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Mireia, Lico, Marc, Armin | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
Mireia, Lico, Marc, Armin | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

Four and a half hours stopover in Spain | Visit of the new Ducati Scrambler Camp Barcelona

Barcelona | Spain – When I looked closer at the e-ticket for my flight to Sardinia last week, I noticed having four and a half hours of time to spend in Barcelona. After some research, it was clear that the first Ducati Scrambler Camp in Europe outside Italy had to be visited…

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ARMIN ON BIKE on Scrambler Ducati | Photo: Private
ARMIN ON BIKE on Scrambler Ducati | Photo: Private

Scrambler DUCATI test in Sardinia | From Cagliari to the impressive museum village San Sperate

Cagliari | Sardinia – Thanks to Francesco Usai, the president of DUCATI Sardinia DOC (Desmo Owners Club), who organised that I was provided with a Scrambler Ducati by Giuseppe Vacca (Joe Cow Motos | Ducati Sardinia) on this Friday in January. Thus I was able to test it in the Cagliari area, the capital of Sardinia…

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Doriano Mucelli - ON AN ISLAND | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
Doriano Mucelli - ON AN ISLAND | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

ON AN ISLAND | Fantastic motorcycle trip in January – along the southern coast of Sardinia

Domus de Maria | Province of Cagliari | Sardinia – The ‘Strada Panoramica Costa del Sud’ along the southern coast of Sardinia from Chia to Teulada and then on to Calasetta in the north of the island of Sant’Antioco I was led by the native Sardinian and owner of ON AN ICELAND Doriano Mucelli on his scrambler Ducati. It was a lovely and unexpected day in January…

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Nicolas Goubert, Executive Director MotoE | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
Nicolas Goubert, Executive Director MotoE | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

Elektrisierende Top-News auf der EICMA 2018 | MotoGP-Fahrer Bradley Smith startet in der nächsten Saison im MotoE-Weltcup

Mailand | EICMA – Bei der bedeutendsten Motorradmesse der Welt war der „FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup“ mit dem offiziellen Testfahrer Alessandro Brannetti und dessen Arbeitsgerät, der Energica Ego Corsa, zu Gast. MotoE™ Executive Director Nicolas Goubert verriet mir dabei die Top-News der neuen Rennserie…

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Nicolas Goubert, Executive Director MotoE | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
Nicolas Goubert, Executive Director MotoE | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

Las principales noticias electrizantes de la EICMA 2018 | El piloto de MotoGP Bradley Smith comienza la próxima temporada en la Copa Mundial de MotoE

Mailand | EICMA – En la convención de motociclismo más importante del mundo, estuvo como visitante la Copa Mundial de FIM Enel MotoE™ con el piloto oficial de pruebas Alessandro Brannetti y su dispositivo Energica Ego Corsa. Al mismo tiempo el director ejecutivo de MotoE™, Nicolas Goubert, también me reveló las principales noticias de la nueva serie de carreras…

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MotoE - Energica Ego Corsa - Alessandro Brannetti - Nicolas Goubert | Photo; Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
MotoE - Energica Ego Corsa - Alessandro Brannetti - Nicolas Goubert | Photo; Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

Die “MotoE” zu Gast bei den “E-Mobility Play Days 2018” am Red Bull Ring

Spielberg | Red Bull Ring – 2019 startet mit der MotoE™ der erste Weltcup für Elektro-Motorräder. Das offizielle Rennmotorrad „Energica Ego Corsa“ war am vergangenen Wochenende mit Testfahrer Alessandro Brannetti am Red Bull Ring im Einsatz. Ich nutzte die Gelegenheit, den ebenfalls anwesenden MotoE™ Executive Director Nicolas Goubert zum Gespräch zu bitten…

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MotoE - Energica Ego Corsa - Alessandro Brannetti - Nicolas Goubert | Photo; Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
MotoE - Energica Ego Corsa - Alessandro Brannetti - Nicolas Goubert | Photo; Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

El MotoE en los E-Mobility Play Days 2018 en el Red Bull Ring

Spielberg | Red Bull Ring – En 2019, MotoE™ lanza el primer campeonato mundial de motocicletas eléctricas. Así mismo la moto oficial de carreras “Energica Ego Corsa” estuvo en acción el fin de semana pasado con el piloto de pruebas Alessandro Brannetti en el Red Bull Ring. Gracias a esto aproveché la oportunidad para pedirle una entrevista al actual Director Ejecutivo de MotoE™, Nicolas Goubert…

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NIU Lauch Event 2018 | Carrousel de Louve Paris
NIU Lauch Event 2018 | Carrousel de Louve Paris

Paris elektrisiert | NIU Technology präsentiert die neuesten Scooter N-GT und M+ im Louvre

Carrousel du Louvre | Paris – Unter dem Motto „Unlock your City“ präsentierte der chinesische Premium-Hersteller NIU Technology letzte Woche seine beiden neuen Elektro Scooter N-GT und M+ dem internationalen Fachpublikum. 500 Gäste und Medienvertreter waren dazu in das Carrousel du Louvre im Zentrum von Paris gekommen…

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SCUDERIA ALFA  at Red Bull Ring |  Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com
SCUDERIA ALFA at Red Bull Ring | Photo: Armin Hoyer - arminonbike.com

SCUDERIA ALFA Driving Experience at Red Bull Ring | Emotions and Performance experienced up close this time on four Wheels

Spielberg | Red Bull Ring – Upon invitation by Alfa Romeo Austria and Motor Village Schönbrunn I followed my heart to test the Alfa Romeo Stelvio for the first time at the ‘Ring’. I couldn’t get this sportive SUV out of my head since I saw it the first time last July on the highway to Monaco…

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