A Styrian stunner saw MotoGP™ come back with a bang as Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) put in a performance of the highest quality to seal a maiden premier class victory and join an exclusive list of rookies to win a race in their debut season. There was also plenty of joy for Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), with both riders finishing on the podium. It meant they all scored big in MotoGP™ Fantasy, and ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend, we've reviewed the action below.
Who made the Styrian GP Dream Team?
The Styrian GP Dream Team’s gold riders sees Mir and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) share a tidy sum of 37 points each from the weekend’s action, though they were earned in completely different ways. Mir put in a season-best qualifying to start from the second row, meaning he could attack the podium places with minimal fuss at the Red Bull Ring, with the Mallorcan going on to secure a P2 finish, his best result of the season, while also collecting 5 points for putting in the race’s fastest lap.
Contrast that to Binder, who once again lived up to his burgeoning Sunday rider reputation after enduring a tough pre-race weekend to qualify 16th on the grid, only to fight his way through the field and finish fourth. It isn’t the first time the South African has made up huge ground during a race, and as a result, he has become a valuable MotoGP™ Fantasy asset, with his price now rising to $3.5 million, the fourth-highest in the game.
It’s unusual to see a race winner not make the top two riders of the weekend, but that is exactly what has happened after Jorge Martin’s pole position and magnificent victory sees him collect 35 points, a total that is only good enough to make him a silver rider in the Styrian GP’s Dream Team. Rounding out the best riders from the weekend is Fabio Quartararo, whose solid weekend ride saw him take a front row start and another podium to add to his already impressive 2021 haul.
No team is complete without a manufacturer, and this week that honour belongs to Suzuki with the Hamamatsu factory collecting 30.5 points thanks to the efforts of Mir and Alex Rins, who finished in seventh after a P13 start.
How many 300V Motul boosts were used?
The Styrian GP saw 1602 gamers play their 300V Motul boosts as they doubled one of their riders’ points tally.
Who to pick this weekend?
The grid don’t need to go anywhere for Round 11 of the MotoGP™ World Championship, as the Red Bull Ring plays host once again, this time for the Bitci Motorrad Austrian Grand Prix. So, what changes should you make ahead of the MotoGP™ Fantasy deadline?
Last week once again showed that this is a circuit that Joan Mir loves, and he should be a must in your team, particularly given the GSX-RR’s new ride height device. So should Fabio Quartararo, who time and time again proves his class at tracks where the M1 is at a perceived disadvantage.
Elsewhere, you won’t find better value for money at the moment than Jorge Martin, who is a steal at just $1.7 million. The weekend’s race winner and poleman may find it hard to repeat both those feats, but given the GP21’s suitability to the Red Bull Ring and the Spaniard’s form, he looks like the best option for the Bologna bullets in Austria. That’s not to discount Ducati Lenovo Team riders Francesco Bagnaia, who was the most traded in rider last week, or Jack Miller though, with both showing some promise at the Styrian GP despite it ending in disappointment for both. Bagnaia looked particularly strong before the red flag but then complained of mechanical problems which hindered his attempts once proceedings had restarted. As for Aussie Miller, he was well in the hunt for a podium place, but an unfortunate crash saw him slide out of contention while applying the pressure to Quartararo.
It was a disappointing return to Styria for Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), who seemed to be suffering from the consequences of a highside in Free Practice before retiring from the race due to mechanical issues. With an extra week to rest up, you can be assured the Portuguese rider will be looking to put things right after he lost his King of the Ring title. At $2.8 million, he looks a very affordable and tempting option.
Honda also had some impressive runners at the weekend, with Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) perhaps offering up the best value as a differential. Priced at just $2 million, the Japanese rider put in an excellent showing last weekend to take a P5 finish ahead of Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) and collect 22 points. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) may not be as cheap as his satellite counterpart, but the eight-time Champion could prove a shrewd addition to your team. The number 93 has collected 85 points in his last three outings, an average of 28.3 per Grand Prix, and looked a strong race contender prior to the red flag as he elbowed his way towards the front of the pack. He didn’t quite manage to do it on the restart, but with another weekend of action under his belt, Marquez can only be a bigger race threat this time around.
Who should be my constructor's choice?
The Styria GP saw Ducati, Suzuki and KTM all pick up big points from the weekend, and realistically, the weekend’s race winner is likely to come from one of those three. Sticking our necks out on a line, Ducati would have to be the constructor’s choice this weekend, with four potential race winners riding within their ranks, they offer the highest probability of a big points scoring return.