Right on time at 09:55, the MotoGP engines revved at the Red Bull Ring, heralding the beginning of a new era, as the best riders in the world took to the new track layout for the first time. In the first practice session, it was Jack Miller who burned the fastest time into the fresh asphalt, while in the second session his Ducati team-mate Johann Zarco set the bar a bit higher with a lap time of 1:29.837 minutes. The real winners are definitely the fans, who can look forward to an exciting qualifying session on Saturday (from 14:10). All the information about how to get there can be found here.
One of the big highlights of the weekend’s schedule takes place on Saturday with Meet the Riders. Fans can see Jack Miller, Miguel Oliveira & Co live as they give interviews on the event stage – and autographs on the way there. For all those who decide at the last minute to get a ticket, the ticket points are open on Saturday from 08:00.
Live Acts & FMX Shows at MotoGP Bike City
Numerous fans have already got themselves perfectly set at and around the Red Bull Ring. The atmosphere at the campsites could not be any better. The same is true of the schedule at the MotoGP Bike City. On the event stage on Friday, numerous live acts warmed up the racing fans, while just a few metres away the fans got to see a spectacular Red Bull X Masters of Dirt FMX Show.
Click here for the MotoGP Bike City programme.
A little chat with Marc Márquez
With Marc Márquez stopping by the Red Bull Ring, we felt we had to ask him how his recovery is going. First things first, the Spaniard not only plans to start again at Spielberg in 2023, but also to be at the front. You can read the whole interview with him here.
Get on the Gas
In a press conference today, Pit Beerier, Hervé Poncharal and Hubert Trunkenpolz announced a milestone in the history of KTM. From 2023, the current Tech3 team will have GASGAS bikes and will also battle as the GASGAS Factory Racing Team for World Championship points in MotoGP alongside Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. The Spaniard Pol Espargaró will take one of the two new saddles, while the second rider is yet to be confirmed.
The name GASGAS is not an unfamiliar one for us at the Red Bull Ring. In 2022, our portfolio of tracks was expanded to include the GASGAS Trial Park. The focus here is not on horsepower rushes and adrenaline kicks, but on a sense of balance and coordination. If you want to prove your instinct for hitting the throttle, clutch and brake on the numerous sections with obstacles of varying degrees of difficulty, you can book a riding experience here.