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By motogp.com

10 highlights from the Austrian GP

motogp.com offers you some of the most memorable moments from an unforgettable weekend at the Red Bull Ring

The Austrian GP certainly didn't disappoint and below are 10 things to have happened over the weekend that we think you should indulge in again: 

1) Yamaha apologise Rossi and Viñales

After a baron qualifying, which saw Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) have his worst grid start since Phillip Island 2016 in 14th and teammate Maverick Viñales qualifying 11th, Yamaha bosses came out and publicly apologised to their riders – can they turn it around?

Yamaha apologise to their riders

2) Rossi: “If Yamaha want, they can fix it”

But what did the Italian think of the apology? Well, he accepts it, but the nine-time World Champion was concrete answers to a problem that he considers clearly identified for a long time.

3) Lorenzo and Marquez’ last lap battle

Ducati vs Honda, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) vs Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). A last lap classic between the Spaniards at the Red Bull Ring that we fully recommend you watching again.

Watch for FREE! Lorenzo vs Marquez: the last lap battle

4) Lorenzo vs Marquez: a rivalry reignited

To tell the truth, this is a rivalry that is familiar in the premier class. Jerez 2013, Silverstone 2013, Mugello 2014 and Mugello 2016… motogp.com have listed the most memorable duels between the future teammates.

5) Dovizoso: “We took the wrong decision on the tyre”

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) couldn’t repeat his 2017 Austrian GP victory after tyre issues hampered his charge, eventually finishing 1.6 seconds off the win.

6) 14th to 6th: Rossi’s great comeback

Despite the continuing troubles in the Yamaha garage, the nine-time World Champion was able to grind out a solid sixth place finish at the Austrian GP.

14th to 6th: Rossi's great comeback!

7) Nagashima goes surfing at the Red Bull Ring

In torrential conditions, Testsuta Nagashima (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) crashed in style and the Japanese rider decided to show us how to surf on a Moto2™ bike… is this video of the season?

Free video: Nagashima surfing at the Red Bull Ring!

8) Social Media Questions

Before track action had begun, the riders in Thursday’s pre-event Press Conference were asked to draw their ideal circuits. Safe to say there were some interesting designs…

Social Media Qs: MotoGP™ riders design their ideal circuits

Formula One’s Managing Director of Motorsports and former engineer and Team Principle Ross Brawn was at the Austrian GP, and he drew some comparisons between MotoGP™ and F1.

10) Best photos: Austrian GP

The stunning Spielberg setting is arguably the most picturesque circuit on the calendar, which makes for some sensational shots.

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