About the Race
2016 saw the return of MotoGP to Austria after a break of 18 years. The country’s first Grand Prix took place in 1971 at the Salzburgring circuit, which hosted GP racing 22 times until 1994. The Spielberg Red Bull Ring, which is situated in the stunning Murtal region of Styria, now hosts the racing. Originally built in 1969 and known back then as the Österreichring, it was rebuilt in 1996 but retained the former track layout, which is still used today.
Marc Marquez is favourite again to land the victory, but his price at 2/1 isn’t as strong as it has been in previous weeks. Andrea Dovizioso is second-favourite at 15/8, while Marquez's fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo is a 5/2 third-favourite.
Marc Marquez proved he is human in the Czech Republic when he was denied a hat-trick of wins, but the Championship leader still made it on to the podium in third place to extend his advantage at the top. Since racing returned to Austria and specifically this track in 2016, his record reads 5th in 2016 and 2nd last year. He is sure to be up there challenging again.
Valentino Rossi, second in the World Standings, could only manage fourth place in the Czech Republic to slip further behind Marquez. On the two occasions he has raced at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg he has finished 4th in 2016 and 7th last year. The signs do not bode well for success this time.
Andrea Dovizioso secured a brilliant victory in Brno last week to move up to third in the World Standings. That was his first win this season since the opening race in Qatar, and his first podium finish since early June. In Austria, he finished 2nd in 2016 but won this race last year. With that form on this track and buoyed by last week’s win, he should be a big threat.
Jorge Lorenzo finished second in the Czech Republic and has been installed as second-favourite in Austria. He did finish 3rd in 2016 and 4th in 2017, so could certainly compete for another podium finish.
The way Andrea Dovizioso won last week and the form he has at Spielberg make him a very tempting bet – but his odds of just 15/8 don’t. You might not see Marc Marquez with positive odds again for a while, so 2/1 might be worth taking.
Sports.net's Top Tip
Andrea Iannone won this race back in 2016 but finished down in 11th place last year. His form hasn’t been too bad this season, but he knows how to win on this track, so at odds of 33/1 he is well worth an each-way punt.
Dani Pedrosa improved from 7th in 2016 to finish 3rd in Austria last year. If he can keep that improvement coming, he also provides good each-way value at 33/1.
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