Honda riders are ready for the alpine adventure of MotoGP…

The Austrian Grand Prix is ​​the second race of the second part of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, which will animate the hills to the sound of music from the engines of high-performance motorcycles.

Repsol Honda teammates Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V) and Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team Honda RC213V) will play their part in creating the wonderful MotoGP soundtrack and they hope Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), six once king of MotoGP at Honda, Honda RC213V) on the track with them.

Marquez is currently recovering from the latest surgery to his right humerus [upper-arm] bone, which he fractured during the 2020 Spanish Grand Prix. Therefore, he won’t be racing this weekend or anytime soon. Instead, the reason for his visit is a desire to maintain close contact with his crew and with Honda engineers, who are currently working hard to improve the performance of the 2022 RC213V.

The 29-year-old Spaniard will observe from the edge of the track and debrief with the engineers, which should provide them with invaluable information.

Meanwhile, Espargaro will do his best to get back to the front of the MotoGP peloton. The 31-year-old Spaniard claimed a brilliant third place in the season-opening Grand Prix of Qatar but has so far been unable to get back on the podium.

Last time at the British GP at Silverstone he took the checkered flag in 14e square. It was his first race finish since the Catalunya GP in early June, as injuries sustained during practice in the ensuing German GP forced him to retire from that race and also forced him to miss the next round in the Netherlands.

Espargaro has scored a podium finish at the Red Bull Ring so far, in the 2020 Styrian GP.

Bradl will continue his dual role as Marquez’s replacement and Honda’s official MotoGP test rider. The 32-year-old German remains in regular contact with Marquez, allowing the pair to discuss the ongoing development of the latest RC213V, which won seven MotoGP constructors’ world championships between 2012 and 2019.

Although Bradl lacks the outright speed of full-time MotoGP riders, he is often in the battle for World Championship points and, as always, he will be aiming for a place in the top 15. He competed at his last races at the Red Bull Ring in 2020. .

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu Honda RC213V) is currently Honda’s highest-ranked active rider in the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, just three points clear of Espargaro, whom he beat by exactly two-tenths of a second at Silverstone. .

The 30-year-old from Chiba had an excellent run of three straight top-10 finishes in May and June and his aim is to get back to that kind of form this weekend at the Red Bull Ring, where he finished a superb fifth in Styria last year. generalist.

His teammate Alex Marquez (LCR Honda Castrol Honda RC213V) finished just outside the points at Silverstone and is confident he can get back into the top 15 on Sunday. The 26-year-old Spaniard’s best result so far this year is seventh at the Portuguese GP in April. Last year at the Red Bull Ring he scored two ninth places in the Austrian and Styrian GPs.

The Red Bull Ring hosted its first motorcycle Grands Prix in the 1990s, when the circuit was called A1 Ring. The circuit was built in the late 1960s and was originally called Österreichring. From 1971 to 1994 the Austrian Motorcycle GP was held at the Salzburgring, which was ultimately deemed too dangerous, so the event moved to the A1 Ring, which had recently undergone a major overhaul .

Red Bull bought the track in 2011, investing heavily in new infrastructure, with the return of MotoGP in 2016. The layout is very simple, its character formed by three slow corners, followed by long straights, which makes power the most important factor in machine performance. .

The circuit has undergone a redesign for 2022, with a chicane added to what was once the second corner. The right/left low speed baffle has been installed to improve safety.

Honda has had two premier class victories on the circuit, when Alex Criville won the 1996 500cc race and teammate Mick Doohan took victory the following year. Both men rode Repsol Honda NSR500s.

After Sunday’s races, the MotoGP paddock heads south for the San Marino Grand Prix on Italy’s Adriatic coast, then to Aragon in Spain, before heading east for the Grand Prix. of Japan at Twin Ring Motegi, the first Japanese MotoGP event since October 2019.

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