Just over one week ago, at Silverstone, Pecco Bagnaia was outwitted on the last lap by Aleix Espargarò, but second place in the British GP still allowed him to extend his lead in the standings, taking the gap over Martin to 41 points, with 47 over Bezzecchi. Now it’s the turn of the Red Bull Ring, a track where Ducati has had few rivals in the past and the world champion triumphed last year.
"I am thrilled to be back racing in Austria, a track I like a lot and on which I took a nice win last year – recalled Bagnaia - It is historically a track favourable to the characteristics of our bike, but there will likely be many riders who can fight for a good result here this year. Now, our goal is to be consistent and try to do our best always. I am confident and looking forward to the weekend."
Bastianini also proved to be very competitive in 2022, obtaining pole position at the Red Bull Ring, while in the race he was forced to retire due to a wheel rim failure. The Austrian appointment for Enea will be an opportunity to try to regain his lost competitiveness.
"The last Grand Prix at Silverstone didn't go as we hoped, but it was my first real weekend where I could work at 100% without physical issues – explained the rider from Rimini - We gathered important data that we will need to make further progress. At the moment, I still haven't been able to find the right feeling with my Desmosedici GP; therefore, the main goal now is to regain the feeling that will allow me to be competitive."