Three days on from the Czech Republic Grand Prix and the one-day official test at the Brno circuit, the Ducati Team are now at Spielberg for the Austrian Grand Prix, Round 11 of the 2019 MotoGP season.
For a fourth year in a row, the Red Bull Ring will be the venue for the Austrian MotoGP and with only Ducati producing the winner on this track since it returned to the championship calendar - Andrea Iannone - 2016, Andrea Dovizioso – 2017 and Jorge Lorenzo in 2018.
Dovizioso currently lies second in the championship standings on 147 points following his second place in Brno and arrives in Austria determined to repeat the Ducati results of the last Red Bull Ring three outings, in which he has always been on the podium: second (2016), first (2017) and third (2018). Petrucci meanwhile will be looking to claim a podium spot at the Austrian track for the first time, so as to maintain his third place in the overall Riders’ standings with 129 points, ahead of Alex Rins.
Heading into the second half of the season with nine races still to go, Ducati sit in second place in the Constructors’ standings (177 points), while the Ducati Team leads the special Teams’ classification with 276 points.
Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 2nd (147 points) “We can’t deny that the Red Bull Ring is an excellent track for us, this is clear from the results achieved there in the last few years, but as I’m always saying, each race has its own story to tell. Last year Márquez finished ahead of me, so I’m sure that this year he will again be competitive. The most important thing is to focus on ourselves and maintain the feeling we found at Brno, both during the weekend and during the test, which was very positive. We’re going to try everything we can again, and for sure we’re not going to give up."
Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 3rd (129 points) "I can’t wait to get back on the bike again in Austria after the disappointment of Brno. It’s going to be a race in which on paper we should be able to fight for a podium place to keep our hopes alive, but I believe that the forces are pretty evenly balanced and we don’t start as favourites as in previous years. We’ll see how things are already on Friday. I had some excellent sensations during Monday’s test and I want to maintain this feeling in the next race weekend.”
The Ducati Team will get on track at the Red Bull Ring on Friday 9th August at 09.55 (CET) in the first free practice session.
Circuit information Country: Austria Name: Red Bull Ring Track length: 4.3 km Race distance: 28 laps (120.9 km) Corners: 10 (3 left, 7 right)
Andrea Dovizioso Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP Race Number: 04 Age: 33 (born on 23 March 1986 in Forlimpopoli) Residence: Forlì (Italy)
Danilo Petrucci Bike: Ducati Desmosedici GP Race Number: 9 Age: 28 (born on 24 October 1990 in Terni) Residence: Italy
Championship information Riders’ standings Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 2nd (147 points) Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 3rd (129 points)
Constructors’ standings Ducati – 2nd (177 points)
Team standings Ducati Team – 1st (276 points)