2017 July 26

Two weeks before his team’s home race KTM rider Bradley Smith visits Spielberg

Austrian fans have every reason to get excited for the eleventh race of the current MotoGP season which, between 11 to 13 August, will turn the Mur Valley into a hotspot for motorcycle fanatics, will not only be the first home race for the country’s first-ever MotoGP works team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. In the person of KTM ace Maximilian Kofler, they will also be treated to an Austrian rider competing in the arena of the Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich 2017. In the framework of Go with your Pro, KTM rider Bradley Smith already familiarised himself with the Red Bull Ring’s ten turns.

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From 11 to 13 August, the Red Bull Ring will be in the grip of motorcycle racing heroes such as reigning MotoGP champion and championship leader Marc Márquez or Italian all-time-fan-favourite and MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi. Some two weeks before the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, KTM rider Bradley Smith visited Spielberg as a vanguard of motorcycle racing’s premier class. During the Go with your Pro event on the Red Bull Ring, the Brit provided a group of thrilled motorcycle riders with expert advice on how to tackle the 4.318-km track. As you can imagine, the 26-year-old also can’t wait for the the showdown in Spielberg to commence. “The KTM project is going remarkably well. I think it actually exceeds all expectations. But of course, one always wants to achieve more, especially here in Austria. Last year’s atmosphere and the support of the fans who knew that Pol and I would start for KTM were already awesome. All eyes will be on our RC16s and we will certainly give our best when  the red lights go out,” Bradley Smith who, together with teammate Pol Espargaró (ESP), will compete for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing at their first home race.

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A wild card for a motorcycle racing highlight: Kofler will compete in Moto3 home race

Maximilian Kofler was practically born with a helmet on his head. His father Klaus Kofler, a former local championship contender, supports the Upper Austrian on his way to the top. The 16-year-old currently competes in the Italian CIV Moto3 championship and could already prove his talent in many championships. On the Red Bull Ring, benefiting from a wild card, the KTM rider from Attnang-Puchheim will start in his first home race in Moto3 race a few days shy of his 17th birthday and is ecstatic about it: “I couldn't be happier to be given the chance to take part in such an event. The fact that my performances have earned me a wild card makes me very proud indeed. I will focus on seizing this opportunity to learn as much as I can from the other riders and – of course – to give the home crowd a good show!” Besides Maximilian, his brother Andreas will burn some rubber in the partner series ADAC Junior Cup.

Spielberg MotoGP Fan Village: Party, action, concerts and autographs

Around the race track, it's the spectators who set the tone. In the Spielberg MotoGP Fan Village, motorsport enthusiasts get their money’s worth. In this side-event hotspot, ticket holders are granted access to the entertainment area, the party tent, beer tent and action zone. In between races and in the evening, they can enjoy stunt shows, exhibits and live music on the open air stage. A whopping six tribute bands such as the AC/DC Revival Band or the Kiss Forever Band will not only make bikers and rockers move their hips. The Flying Bulls will wow the crowd with helicopter shows, daily motocross stunts will provide gaping mouths and then, there are the autograph sessions with the stars. Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa will be the first on Friday, 11 August at 4:45 p.m.!

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