There is no time to stop for MotoGP riders with back to back races as long as after Czech GP we have already Austrian one even after Brno Test on Monday. Riders started as usual the weekend with Thursday Press Conference, where Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow, Jack Miller and Pol Espargaro expressed their thoughts about this race.
First one to talk has been Marc Marquez, who leads the championship with a big margin: “Test was okay, we tried a few things and everything worked well. Now we are in Austria, a track that I like but where I never won in the past and that will be our goal for the weekend. Ducati, Suzuki and Yamaha will be strong here. I do not look to match at the stats, I just wanna have fun on the track and work as always”
Andrea Dovizioso wants to repeat the great performance he had in 2017 where he won the race in a track where only Ducati won: “I am happy on how things went last weekend, we were fast since Friday and we did a good race. Testing day was positive, I have a good feeling with the bike and we did some laps with new material. We want to win, like in the past, even if beating Marc will not be easy, but it is our goal. We have more points than last year despite some unlucky races. Biggest problem is Marc, but we have the pace and we can fight”.
Valentino Rossi is not having the best moment of his career and season but he is trying to be positive: “Things were a little bit better than previous races. I cannot be too happy for a 6th place but something worked. During the test we tried something interesting, over than 2020 prototype. It is a good bas, it was a positive Monday”. Nine time World Champion had then to answer about a question on Baldassarri, Foggia and Bulega leaving the VR46 Academy: “Every rider has a different story, we are looking forward for some new young Italians, it is not easy, but surely there will be some new entry next year”.
Brno was a positive weekend for Jack Miller, who came back to the podium but still not confirmed with Pramac for 2020: “It was really nice coming back to the podium. It was even more nice than Austin’s one because there was not any crashes ahead of me. My priority is to stay with Pramac. I talked with Paolo Ciabatti and he said to me that they want to confirm me for 2020”
It was a positive race overall even for Cal Crutchlow in Brno: “It was a tough day in Brno especially during the qualifying, I have to reach better positions to do well also during the race. Honda is doing a really good job brining us a lot of material. I tried even the carbon chassis, but not enough to understand if it is better than the actual version. Last year I did a good result in Austria, I think we can repeat it”.
Home race for KTM and Pol Espargaro expressed his thoughts about that: “We are doing a good season overall, focusing on consistency and pace, but reaching top 5 is not easy. We look forward always, we need time to fight for high positions. We are working on the future and try to do good job with the actual package for the moment”