The MotoGP 2020 calendar revised after the lockdown scheduled three races in rapid succession, and so after Brno riders and teams will be engaged for two consecutive Sundays on the RedBull ring circuit for the Austrian GP and the Styrian GP.
The Ducati Team arrives in Austria after its weekend in Brno, where they had to deal with a rather problematic weekend in search of the right setting for their motorcycles. Both Dovizioso and Petrucci had some difficulty adapting to the new rear tyres, which penalised them throughout the weekend. Hopefully the data collected and the experience in Brno can be used to be competitive once again in Austria given that the track near Zeltweg is one of the favourites of the Desmosedici GP.
For the fifrth consecutive year MotoGP competitors will spend a few days on the RedBull Ring, a circuit in Austria that has only great memories for all Ducatistas. In fact it was precisely on this track in 2016 that the Ducati Team achieved a double win, marking a return to success after a long drought. Iannone and Dovizioso dominated the weekend, riding their Desmosedici GPs to first and second place. The next year Dovizioso underscored the superiority of the Desmosedici GP on Austrian soil with a splendid victory, sprinting past Marquez. In 2018 it was Jorge Lorenzo's turn, leaving behind Marquez and Dovizioso. Last year Andrea won again in another close finish arrive with Marquez.
Four editions of the Austrian GP, three Ducati victories with three different riders. It is therefore a track that is quite favourable to the bikes from Borgo Panigale, thanks to the violent accelerations imposed by the curves, where the V4 engine is able to express its full potential. Obviously the shape of the Austrian track can't provide any guarantees of victory for the Ducati bike, and, even if the advantage of its aerodynamic configuration has gradually diminished in recent years, this remains a track where the Bolognese MotoGP is certainly within its comfort zone. Attention will also be focused on the other Ducatis in the race given the competitiveness of the Ducati bikes in Austria, and we are sure that Zarco – who earned a spot on the podium at Brno – and the other Ducati's riders will be capable of offering performances that are equal to the best on the track.