Ángel Nieto Team head straight for Austria2018-08-08 09:47
Spanish MotoGP team ready to battle in the mountains with a top ten goal for Álvaro Bautista and points target for Karel Abraham
The second half of the MotoGP World Championship kicked off with a thrilling three-way battle between Andrea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Márquez in the Czech Republic last Sunday and there is sure to be plenty more of the same this weekend in Austria. The third visit to the spectacular mountain circuit in Spielberg marks the eleventh round of the season with Marc Márquez arriving as leader ahead of Valentino Rossi and Dovizioso, who moved ahead of Maverick Viñales into third with his victory at Brno. Since MotoGP returned to this part of the world in 2016 it has been Ducati territory, with Andrea Iannone taking the inaugural win and Dovizioso taking the honours last year after a close battle to the line with Márquez.
The Ángel Nieto Team go straight back into action this weekend in Austria on the back of a strong showing from Álvaro Bautista at the Czech Republic Grand Prix. The Spaniard came through to ninth in the race at Brno, extending his run of top ten finishes to five. Bautista will be eager to continue his good form at a circuit where Ducati have taken victory for the past two seasons. His teammate Karel Abraham is also ready to fight for the points again for the first time since the Grand Prix of Catalunya. The Czech rider missed out on fifteenth by just a couple of seconds at Brno, where he lost contact with the group after an incident on the first lap.
Álvaro Bautista: “Austria is a peculiar circuit, with a lot of hard braking and acceleration. Let’s see if we can maintain our good form because at Brno we had a good feeling all weekend, apart from during the first half of the race. I feel strong and the objective in Austria will be to find that good feeling again, and work hard to make a stable bike that accelerates well because that’s what this circuit demands. I feel very motivated and we will try to be back at the front again, fighting with the best.”
Karel Abraham: “At Brno we finished 41 seconds off the win, which is a slight improvement, but we have to keep working hard in Austria because we need to get back into the points. I have only raced once at Spielberg in MotoGP, the other time I raced there was twenty years ago. It is a circuit I like, it suits my style, it’s quite fast apart from one corner. I am looking forward to getting back on the bike and giving my best to keep fighting for those points, which will be our objective again.”
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