This weekend will see the MotoGP paddock roar back into life after the summer break, with two back-to-back weekends of action at the Spielberg circuit. PETRONAS Yamaha Sepang Racing Team’s Valentino Rossi will be joined at the StyrianGP by Cal Crutchlow, who is filling in for the recovering Franco Morbidelli.
After a five-week summer break, Rossi will be looking to kick off the second half of the season by continuing progress made in the first half and come away from the StyrianGP with a good result. Having only been on the calendar since 2016, after an 18 year absence, the Spielberg circuit is one of the few tracks where the Italian has not been on the podium. However, last year’s two Austrian races saw Valentino enjoy a top five and a top ten result (fifth and ninth).
Joining the Malaysian squad for the two races in Austria and the BritishGP, Crutchlow is looking forward to jumping back on a Yamaha YZR-M1 and being back on the grid – for the first time since the 2020 PortugueseGP. Although the Brit didn’t have the best of races at Spielberg last year, he finished the 2018 edition just shy of the podium – in fourth. Cal’s main focus for the weekend will be to acclimatise to the PETRONAS Yamaha SRT machinery and make steady progress session by session.
Action will begin for Rossi and Crutchlow with Free Practice 1 at 9.55am local time (3.55pm MYT) on Friday, with Sunday’s 28-lap MotoGP race due to get underway at 2pm local time (8pm MYT).