Ducati in Austria
– Andrea Dovizioso achieved his 9th victory with Ducati in Brno, which was also his 100th race with the Italian bike. All of these victories were accomplished in the last 30 races, which makes an average of 30% of races won since his first win in the Malaysian Grand Prix of 2016.
– With Andrea Dovizioso first and Jorge Lorenzo second in Brno, two Ducatis have now taken the first two positions of a GP a total of six times: Valencia 2006 with Bayliss and Capirossi; Australia 2007 with Stoner and Capirossi; Austria 2016 with Iannone and Dovizioso; Malaysia 2017 with Dovizioso and Lorenzo; Italy 2018 with Lorenzo and Dovizioso and now Dovizioso and Lorenzo at Brno.
– The Brno race was the second time that Dovizioso has won a MotoGP Grand Prix from pole position.
– Ducati has won the two editions of the Austrian GP that have been held since this race returned to the calendar in 2016.
– Dovizioso won the race last year after a final lap where he beat Marc Márquez to the finish line.
– Jorge Lorenzo led the race last year for a total of 11 laps, making him the rider with the highest number of laps led in that GP.
– A Ducati holds the top speed record at the Red Bull Ring, with 316.5 km/h, obtained by Bautista in 2017. In addition, it holds the record for the fastest pole position lap, set in 2016, by Iannone.
– Lorenzo’s third place in 2016 is his best result in Austria; Last year he finished fourth.
– The Austrian Grand Prix will be held for the third consecutive year at the Red Bull Ring, making it the 27th GP in Austria’s history and the fifth time it is held at the circuit formerly known as the A1-Ring. The previous Austrian GP was held at the fast and dangerous Salzburgring.
– The Red Bull Ring has three straights where 6th gear is used, with lengths of 795, 930 and 766 meters each, making this the track with the highest average speed of the season. Last year’s average was 182.625 km/h.
– There is a vertical incline of 65 meters from the beginning of the start/finish line, which is the lowest point of the circuit, to turn 3.
– Along with Barcelona, Motegi and Sepang, the Red Bull Ring is the most demanding track for braking – riders are on the brakes for 25 seconds each lap.
– Turn 1 has the strongest braking of the entire circuit, going from 312 to 90 km/h and requiring 216 meters of distance. The riders undergo a deceleration of 1.5 G and exert a load of 6.4 kg on the brake lever.
– It has the fewest number of turns of the entire calendar: only 10.
– The long straight of about 1 km is not long enough to beat the top speed record because it is preceded by a first gear corner where riders exit at 60 km/h.
– The Red Bull Ring is located in the village of Spielberg, 200 km southeast of Vienna and has a population of 5,300 inhabitants.
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