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As the season reaches its halfway point, with its tenth weekend of the season, out of twenty, the riders are getting ready for the Sprint, with Francesco Bagnaia on pole.
Maverick Vinales to win
Brad Binder to finish on the podium
MotoGP Austria 2023 Sprint Race Predictions
Francesco Bagnaia will start on pole position for the fourteen-lap sprint race that will take place today, after narrowly beating out the Aprilia of Maverick Vinales. The KTM bike is the one that constantly gets the best starts, so it is in prime position again, as Brad Binder will start third, one place ahead of his teammate, Jack Miller.
For the riders in second and third in the championship standings, qualifying did not go according to plan. Marco Bezzecchi will start seventh, while Jorge Martin only qualified twelfth. Both riders had messy sessions, especially the Spaniard, who made plenty of small errors.
Prediction #1: Maverick Vinales to Win
If there is one thing that can be considered an Achilles heel for Maverick Vinales for most of his MotoGP career, it is his qualifying form. That has become apparent even more in the last couple of seasons, as the Aprilia is also a bike that performs better in race conditions.
The Spaniard fought off those struggles and qualified second on the grid earlier today, on a weekend where he has shown speed throughout the weekend. He is in prime position to capitalise and make the most of his good starting spot, but he is expected to be in a big fight against Bagnaia, Binder and Miller. Nevertheless, his prowess in the races should help him and he is expected to be a factor.
Prediction #2: Brad Binder to finish on the Podium
Brad Binder has been on great form for the whole season, especially when it comes to the sprint races. He has been on the podium three times this season, including wins in Argentina and Spain, and he lies fourth in the standings so far this season.
The South African, whose contract renewal until the end of 2026 was announced earlier today, is hoping to make an impact in his team’s home race. One thing that will work in his favour, as always, will be the great start of the KTM RC16, which is expected to put him in the fight for the lead by the first corner.
Whether he will be able to hang on to the lead remains to be seen, but his feisty racecraft should be able to benefit him, with late braking helping him on defence.
MotoGP Austria 2023 Weather Conditions
The weather is great at the Red Bull Ring today. The sun is out and temperatures are expected to be almost up to 30 degrees Celsius. That could create problems for a few riders though, as managing the temperature and pressure of the front tyre will be key to a good result.
MotoGP Austria 2023 Important details
How can I watch the Austrian GP Sprint race in the UK, the US and Australia? TNT Sports and Foxtel will have live coverage of the race in UK and Australia respectively, while NBC Sports will only show highlights for the US viewers.
What is the British GP start time? The race will start at 3:00 pm BST (2:00 pm GMT) on Saturday, August 19th.
What happened in qualifying? In close fight against Maverick Vinales and the KTM riders, a late effort was good enough for Francesco Bagnaia to claim pole position.
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