MotoGP’s Marc Marquez Leads Riders Through Gaz, Austria

Honda's Marquez Leads Riders Through Wet Graz for MotoGP's Return to Austria
Honda’s Marc Marquez

It seems like it’s been months since the last MotoGP race at Sachsenring in Germany. The anticipation of seeing what top rider will be able to walk away with a checkered flag certainly began to feel more like withdrawals, but there is some light at the end of tunnel and it’s known as the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, our next MotoGP stop in Spielberg at the newly constructed Reg Bull Ring.

Riders recently made appearances, in full kit no less, to the city of Graz. MotoGP hasn’t been in Austria in over two decades, so despite the unfavorable weather, the pre-event parade was still celebrated heartily.

On Tuesday afternoon, current MotoGP points leader and Spanish heartthrob, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) acted as a tour guide, of sorts. With Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) Moto3 duo Brad Binder and Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), as well as Moto2 riders Sandro Cortese and Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) in tow, the crew allowed Marquez take them on an excursion through the gorgeous city. They visited key landmarks and most likely were able to see areas of the city that didn’t resemble a paddock.

Aprilia's Stefan Bradl in GrazWhen the crew, led by Marquez hit their alarms Wednesday morning, they were met with a bit of damp weather. Undeterred, the riders cruised the streets of the UNESCO World Heritage Site which seemed to cement the statement – MotoGP is back in Austria. Once the riders polished off a Q&A session in the morning, the riders then let the sound of prototype machines ring out through the city, setting off for a parade lap through Graz.

The spectacular scenery of both the city of Graz and the surroundings of Spielberg should make for a weekend to remember at the Austrian GP upon MotoGP’s return to the country, with the new layout of the Red Bull Ring ready to challenge the world’s fastest riders and another 25 precious world championship points up for grabs. Free Practice begins on Friday morning, as the grid get back to business after the summer break.

From the architecture to the landscapes, the city of Graz seems a fitting location to kickstart MotoGP after the summer break. Not only that, but it marks MotoGP’s triumphant return to a country that helped shape the league as we know it today. With the new layout of the Red Bull Ring testing the hearts and minds of the bravest riders, this weekend’s race should be exciting, regardless of the outcome. Free Practice begins on Friday morning, and for all your racing needs, keep your browsers open to Ultimate Motorcycling.