MotoGP Austria: Moto2 race preview

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Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Augusto Fernandez is now the sole points leader as Moto2 heads to the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Fernandez is now officially on a roll after the Spaniard backed up his win at Assen with another at Silverstone, the second in a row from only his second ever Moto2 pole. Heading into the Red Bull Ring he is now the championship leader and with a 13-point cushion in hand over Idemitsu Honda Team Asia’s Ai Ogura as Mooney VR46’s Celestino Vietti falls from first to third.

At a home weekend of sorts for the Red Bull KTM Ajo team, it would be a big statement for Fernandez to win a third in a row. So can he? Ogura and Vietti will be aiming to hit back as quickly as possible, GasGas Aspar’s Jake Dixon arrives full of confidence from a podium and there was a new threat at Silverstone too: Alonso Lopez on the MB Conveyors Speed Up.

Explaining the differences between the Kalex and the Boscoscuro, it could be a tougher challenge at the Red Bull Ring for the Spaniard. But the rookie has impressed everyone since joining the grid and that incredible assault on the win – only losing out by 0.070 – was a serious statement. Lopez will be aiming to prove one to watch for the rest of the season too.

13 points is quite a swing for a single Sunday, and Austria will be another chance for Ogura, Vietti and Flexbox HP 40’s Aron Canet to hit back. Will it tighten up once again? We’ll find out at on Sunday in the CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich.