Stoner: Red Bull Ring 'strange' for bikes
20 July 2016 – Casey Stoner reckons the Red Bull Ring is "a bit strange" for bikes, after the first day of testing at the venue, in preparation for next month's Austrian Grand Prix.
Austria last hosted a motorcycle Grand Prix at what was formerly known as the A1-Ring back in 1997, and will return to the renovated, renamed circuit on August 12-14.
"You can't get a much more picturesque circuit than this, it's something very special," said Ducati test rider Stoner, who also ran at Misano last month.
"The circuit has some nice parts, but it's a bit strange for bikes because some of the corners don't flow well together, which makes it somewhat difficult.
"The surface is fantastic and very smooth, the grip level seems somewhat medium, but we'll put some more rubber down and get a little bit more feeling."
Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone, Ducati's current full-time riders, formed a 1-2 on the opening day, and Dovizioso reckons the track suits the GP16.
"The track has some aggressive first and second gear acceleration areas and quite long straights, so it is suitable for the characteristics of our bike," he said.
"It was great to be constantly quick on this track and, even though it's not one of the biggest and most spectacular tracks, it is interesting to lap on a new circuit."
Stoner ended the day fourth on the timesheets.