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2018 Austrian MotoGP: Marquez to hold off Dovizioso at the Red Bull Ring

Marc Marquez remains the rider to beat
2018 Austrian MotoGP Preview & Betting Tips
Marc Marques will be chasing his fifth consecutive podium finish at the Red Bull Ring in Austria (Getty Images)

2018 Austrian MotoGP Preview & Betting Tips


The MotoGP circus heads to the Red Bull Ring in Austria after a thrilling race at the Brno circuit. Andrea Dovizioso won from Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez in one of the tightest finishes in the sport's history. 

Just 0.368 tenths of a second separated the top three riders - the third closest margin in MotoGP history. Championship leader Marc Marquez is still the man to beat after winning two of the last three races.

Andrea Dovizioso (2.75)


Italian Andre Dovizioso was outstanding in the last round in the Czech Republic, nabbing his ninth career win for Ducati in his 100th race. 

The Italian won from pole position and the win saw him join Loris Capirossi in second place on the list of Ducati riders with the most podium finishes. 

Dovizioso won the 2017 event from Marquez last season and the defending champion is the favourite to make it consecutive victories at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Andrea Dovizioso will be chasing back-to-back wins in Austria (Getty Images)

Marc Marquez (3.00)


It’s been a brilliant ride from the Spaniard this season but he’ll feel he was unlucky with his third place in Brno. 

Marquez won the two preceding races in the Netherland and Germany and will be one of the riders to battle for top spot in Austria. Marquez has finished on the podium in his last four consecutive races. 

Marquez had no answer to the straight-line speed of Dovizioso last year, losing out by 0.176 tenths of a second. Expect the Spanish star to challenge for the top of the podium again this weekend.

The Spanish Ace will be desperate to extend his lead at the top of the Riders Championship (Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo (3.25)


Lorenzo finished in second place in Brno, making it only the sixth time that the Ducati have nabbed the top two places on the podium. 

The Spanish rider showed plenty of improvement in the Czech Republic edging out Marquez for the second position on the podium. 

The Ducati rider is some way back in the Championship standings and will need another podium finish to close the gap on Marquez at the top of the standings.

Jorge Lorenzo will be aiming to go one better in Austria (Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi (11.00)


The Professor’s fourth place in Brno, meant that Rossi became the first driver in the history of the sport to break the 6,000-career point barrier. That will mean little to Rossi as he trails Marquez in the Championship standings.

The Brno race was the first time since the Japanese MotoGP that no Yamaha rider finished on the podium. Rossi doesn’t own a great record at the Red Bull Ring in Austria with the former World Champ never finishing on the podium at this race in the 500cc class.

Valentino Rossi has yet to win at the Red Bull Ring in the 500cc class (Getty Images)

Maverick Vinales (17.00)


It was an unhappy race for Maverick Viñales at the Brno circuit last round. The young Spanish rider crashed out of the race in the Czech Republic, breaking a run of 19 consecutive races within points. 

Viñales hasn’t been able to notch a victory in the MotoGP this season with only one podium finish in Germany to his name. The Yamaha rider will be desperate to get back in the points at the track in Austria. 

Key Statistics


  • Yamaha’s slump has extended to 20 races this season, since Rossi won at Assen in 2017.
  • A Ducati rider has won the last two races at the Red Bull Ring.
  • Marc Marquez has finished on the podium 4 times in his last 4 races.
  • Valentino Rossi has never finished on the podium in his career at Austria. 

Verdict 


Marc Marquez is still the rider to beat and I’m predicting that the Spanish ace will bounce back in Austria. His third place in the last race in Brno was his 110th podium finish in MotoGP racing, putting him in eighth place behind Maxi Biaggi for riders with most podium finishes. 

The wait continues for Yamaha who have not had a rider on the podium since Valentino Rossi won in the Netherlands since 2017. A Yamaha rider has not won in the last 20 consecutive races.

Andrea Dovizioso looms as the man most likely to stop Marquez from winning in Austria. Dovizioso looked in outstanding form edging Marquez in Brno for the win and is the defending champion at the Red Bull Ring. 

Best Bet: Marc Marquez Win @ 3.00

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