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Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Travel to Austria for Round 10

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Travel to Austria for Round 10

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have made their way to Spielberg, Austria for Round 10 of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship.

The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team gear up for another week of MotoGP racing action. This time the crew will be competing at the Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, held at the Spielberg circuit in Austria.

Fabio Quartararo arrives in Austria in 11th place in the championship. Though the Spielberg circuit isn‘t considered a ’Yamaha track‘, the Frenchman scored multiple premier class podiums there. He secured third place in Austria on his YZR-M1 in 2019, repeated the feat in the 2021 Styrian GP, and took a second place in Spielberg last year.

Franco Morbidelli is right behind his teammate in the overall classifications ahead of this weekend‘s Austrian GP. The Italian feels he and his crew will be able to make up for last year‘s NC score at the Spielberg circuit and is aiming for solid points. Though the stop-start nature of this track will offer an extra challenge this weekend, he will give it his best shot.

The Spielberg circuit was constructed in 1969 and was rebuilt in 1996 to the track‘s current layout. It hosted two Austrian GPs in the 90s and staged its return to MotoGP Grand Prix racing after nineteen years in 2016. It has been a fixture on the MotoGP calendar since, even hosting two consecutive GPs (Austrian GP and Styrian GP) in 2020 and 2021. The track has a special character, with only ten turns in total (three left and eight right, chicane included) and multiple long straights, the longest measuring 626m. The circuit‘s design puts the emphasis on top speed, acceleration and braking stability, offering the riders plenty of opportunities to fully open the throttle.

In this week‘s MotoGP eSport video, Lorenzo Daretti explains exactly what techniques are required at this rather unique circuit, that is not as easy as it looks.

Fabio Quartararo

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

"Silverstone was a difficult weekend overall, but I did feel good in the race. Since then, I‘ve enjoyed a bit of sunshine, so now I feel ready for the next race weekend. Last year I scored second place in Spielberg, we have that positive memory in mind. It‘s true that past success doesn‘t guarantee anything in MotoGP, but we will do our best anyway to see if we can fight towards the front of the field again."

Franco Morbidelli

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

"My pace in the first half of the Silverstone Race was positive. We need to keep grinding and try to find a way to keep the performance level consistent for the entire race length. That said, Silverstone and Spielberg have different characters, so this week we will mostly work on getting fast out of the corners, and then we‘ll see what we can do."

Massimo Meregalli

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP, Team Director

"We didn‘t have the results we had hoped for in Silverstone, but we continue to work hard. The race pace was actually pretty solid for both our riders, especially in the first half of the race, so we will continue to build on that. Our team likes going to Spielberg because the venue, location, and atmosphere are always great. We have also seen some podium successes here in the past, and we are aiming to have the best possible results again."