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#Austrian GP 2023: MotoGP highlights from Thursday

The MotoGP circus is back in town! Here are the highlights from the first day at Spielberg.

The weather brightened up right on time for the start of the MotoGP weekend at Spielberg. And as the temperatures rose, so did the mood among the numerous fans who had already started pitching their tents on Thursday. The main reason for the excitement was, of course, the pit lane walk. No die-hard MotoGP fan would miss this absolute cracker of a side-event Selfies were duly snapped in the pit lane, autograph hunters were on the prowl and souvenir photos of the teams’ inner sanctums were taken. And providing the appropriate audio backdrop were the upbeat sounds of the discs spun by the DJs on the winner’s podium mixed with the roar of motorbike engines.

MotoGP Bike City is already living up to its reputation as Spielberg’s ‘side-event bastion’. The Bermuda Five DJ duo from Steyr had no trouble convincing the fans in front of the huge event stage that they were in the hottest club in Austria. The music only paused when other main events were about to start, for example Meet the Riders and Marc Marquez’s book signing.

The vehicle exhibition was also very popular with the two-wheeler enthusiasts. In addition to Pedro Acosta’s 2021 world championship-winning bike, KTM brought along other racing machines to the Red Bull Ring for fans to inspect up close. There was no way that Brad Binder and Jack Miller were going to miss out on the opportunity to greet fans arriving for the KTM home race.


If you want more than watching the riders and their bikes, then enter our Red Bull Ring competition. What do you have to do? Simply fill in the competition card and drop it in the competition box on the stage of the vehicle exhibition. With a bit of luck, you could win one of four Driving/Riding Experiences at the Red Bull Ring. This is your opportunity to emulate Brad Binder and the rest.

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Fans & Stars ignite MotoGP fire

Friday will be the first action-packed day as the world’s top riders use the free practice sessions to find their perfect setup for the weekend. The new sprint format means that the riders will be going all out for best lap times as early as the practice session at 15:00 CEST – the fastest ten riders go straight into Q2. There will also be other opportunities to meet the MotoGP stars. An impressive line-up of bands will ensure that MotoGP Bike City is the place to be for open-air entertainment at its finest. If you haven’t yet secured your ticket for the CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich 2023, then you should do so as soon as possible. The box offices will be open tomorrow from 08:00.

Tips for a relaxed journey to the Red Bull Ring can be found here.

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