Having gained the final pole position of the Moto2 season in Valencia, and after leading into the first corner of the race, Zarco won the season finale at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit where they met for the Gran Premio Motul de la Communitat Valenciana, but it was not made easy for him. Several battles took place on track as the competition for second in the championship heated up.
Having won his first ever world class race in the 125cc championships 20 years ago, Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi is hoping to repeat history and fight Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo and win again at the Automotodrom Brno where riders return for the eleventh round of the MotoGp season.
After winning his first ever MotoGP less than a week ago in Austria, Ducati Team rider Andrea Iannone was at the pre-race press conference ahead of the eleventh round of the MotoGP where he spoke of how he remains focused on the remainder of his championship with Ducati.
After four weeks of a summer break the long awaited MotoGP returns for the first Austrian GP since 1997 at the Red Bull Ring. Crutchlow has had a memorable summer break and was present alongside Dovizioso and Pedrosa to discuss the new experience for the riders.
Current MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has admitted at the pre-race press conference how difficult he has found it when trying to remain at the top, he heads to the Red Bull Ring in Austria with as little experience as many others where he hopes to make up for points lost.
Championship leader Marc Marquez begins the second half of the season with a 48 point lead. The riders head to Austria for the tenthround at the Red Bull Ring, a track most riders have not raced at. Present at the pre-race press conference the Spanish rider spoke of his aims to do his best using the independent teams data as a base line for his setup for the weekend.
The MotoGP class were given an extended third Free Practice session to familiarize themselves with the 'Formula 1' circuit that was to be used after the incident involving the late Luis Salom. Vinales was the fastest of the ten riders who automatically progressed to Qualifying 2.