Honda’s hopes of achieving a fourth Moto3 Riders World Championship in five years may rest on the fitness of Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) this weekend. The World Championship leader crashed during practice at Brno, fracturing his left forearm. Martin immediately flew home to have the injury pinned and plated. The 20-year-old Spaniard hopes to be able to ride this weekend, but if he is able to make the trip to the Red Bull Ring he will have to pass a medical check-up before practice commences on Friday morning.

Martin had won five of the first nine races, proving the excellent performance of this year’s NSF250RW. Despite his non-start at Brno he currently stands just three points behind new series leader Marco Bezzechi, so his title hopes are far from over.

There are five riders who have a realistic chance of fighting for the title over the next three months, four of them riding the NSF250RW. Nineteen-year-old Italian Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda NSF250RW) can’t wait for the Austrian round after fighting his way into title contention with a stunning first Grand Prix victory at Brno. Di Giannantonio fought a titanic battle with the Moto3 pack to beat Aron Canet (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda NSF250RW) by one tenth of a second. His maiden win puts him third in the standings, only 14 points behind Bezzecchi, with 18-year-old Spaniard Canet also in the title mix, a further four points down.

Enea Bastianini (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) holds fifth place overall and is most likely the last rider in the title race. The 20-year-old Italian finished a very close fourth at Brno and is now 15 points behind Canet.

Lorenzo Dalla Porta (Leopard Racing Honda NSF250RW) and Niccolo Antonelli (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) are 11th and 12th in the standings, with 20-year-old Tatsuki Suzuki (SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda NSF250RW) from Chiba in 14th after scoring points at three of the last four races.

The Red Bull Ring was constructed in 1969, when it was named the Osterreichring. The track has hosted motorcycle World Championship racing since the 1970s, with a round of the short-lived F750 series, and then in the 1980s, with rounds of the World Superbike Championship and the Endurance World Championship. A much-revised layout brought the Grand Prix World Championship to the track in 1996 and 1997, when Repsol Honda riders Alex Crivillé and Mick Doohan were triumphant. The circuit has been revised again since then.

Dominated by three first-gear corners followed by long straights, the Red Bull Ring works best for machines with excellent acceleration and braking. The three left-handers – a kink on the first straight and the interconnected turns six and seven – can cause grip issues if temperatures are low.

Jorge Martin

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“We still don’t know what will happen over the next few days. All I can say at the moment is a big thank you to my team, to the surgeons in Barcelona and for all the messages of support from fans. Of course, the target was always to try to ride this weekend, but we don’t yet know if this will be possible.”

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
Aron Canet

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“I head to Austria feeling very strong, although we still have to improve some aspects of my riding in order to fight for the victory. Technically, this track is a bit more difficult circuit for our bike, but I’m sure that, with some good practice sessions throughout the weekend, we will be able to fight for the podium.”

Estrella Galicia 0,0
Fabio di Giannantonio

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“It was great to get my first win last weekend after a long, long wait and it’s good to be going straight into the next race, where I will try to keep my rhythm flowing. Last year I had a strong ride in Austria, fighting with the lead group and finishing just four tenths of a second off the podium. We return this time with much more experience and the knowledge that we can win races, so I hope for another top race and more points for the championship.”

Del Conca Gresini Moto3
Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich

Red Bull Ring – Spielberg, Austria

Moto3 2018, Round 11

Rider Standings
Sunday, 5 Aug 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Marco BEZZECCHI 12 ITA 133 PruestlGP KTM
2 Jorge MARTIN 88 SPA 130 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
3 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO 21 ITA 116 Del Conca Gresini Moto3 Honda
4 Aron CANET 44 SPA 112 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
5 Enea BASTIANINI 33 ITA 97 Leopard Racing Honda
6 Jakub KORNFEIL 84 CZE 77 PruestlGP KTM
7 Gabriel RODRIGO 19 RSM 76 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
8 Marcos RAMIREZ 42 SPA 66 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
9 Andrea MIGNO 16 ITA 60 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
10 Philipp OETTL 65 GER 52 Sudmetal Schedl GP Racing KTM
11 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA 48 ITA 52 Leopard Racing Honda
12 Niccolò ANTONELLI 23 ITA 50 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
13 Jaume MASIA 5 SPA 44 Bester Capital Dubai KTM
14 Tatsuki SUZUKI 24 JPN 40 SIC58 Squadra Corse Honda
15 John MCPHEE 17 GBR 39 CIP – Green Power KTM
16 Albert ARENAS 16 SPA 37 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
17 Alonso LOPEZ 72 SPA 31 Estrella Galicia 0,0 Honda
18 Kaito TOBA 27 JPN 26 Honda Team Asia Honda
19 Tony ARBOLINO 14 ITA 25 Marinelli Snipers Team Honda
20 Adam NORRODIN 7 MAL 24 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
21 Ayumu SASAKI 71 JPN 23 Petronas Sprinta Racing Honda
22 Darryn BINDER 40 RSA 20 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM
23 Dennis FOGGIA 10 ITA 17 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
24 Raul FERNANDEZ 25 SPA 13 Angel Nieto Team Moto3 KTM
25 Makar YURCHENKO 76 RUS 9 CIP – Green Power KTM
26 Livio LOI 11 BEL 8 Reale Avintia Academy KTM
27 Nicolò BULEGA 8 ITA 7 SKY Racing Team VR46 KTM
28 Kazuki MASAKI 22 JPN 7 RBA BOE Skull Rider KTM
29 Manual PAGLIANI 96 ITA 6 Leopard Racing Honda
30 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAP 41 THA 2 Honda Team Asia Honda
31 Ai OGURA 32 JPN 1 Asia Talent Team Honda