The streets of Vienna were humming with the sound of MotoGP, Moto2 and 125cc bikes on Wednesday as riders from all three categories delighted fans with a display of their machines in the Austrian capital.
Parading their machines from the 125cc category were championship leader Marc Márquez along with Bradley Smith and Randy Krummenacher, whilst Moto2 was represented by Toni Elías, Thomas Lüthi and Karel Abraham.
MotoGP stars present on their 800cc prototypes were Ben Spies, Mika Kallio and Alex de Angelis, as all nine rode down the famous Ringstrasse in the heart of Vienna.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Spies, who is currently seventh in the overall standings in his rookie season in MotoGP, talked about Brno, a track he has superbike experience on:
“I like Brno a lot and I think everyone does. We have had good results for the last four or five races, and now we'll just continue in that way and see how we go here.”
“We have to try and keep the top privateer spot, and if we can continue the progression and keep doing what we're doing that will be good. We just have to remain consistent and carry it into next year,” he added.
de Angelis, replacing the injured Hiroshi Aoyama, admitted he took things steady during the display.
"This was a very different experience for me to ride the race bike on a normal street," he said. "We did not ride fast as it is too dangerous, but it still was a lot of fun. Vienna is a very nice city and it was my first visit there. The visit at the Interwetten office was nice and interesting as well, as everybody was very kind and welcoming."
Fellow premier-class rider Kallio explained that after some difficulties in the first half of the season he is now ready to have a positive second stint.
“Now I think it's time to show what we can do,” said the Pramac Racing rider. “We were struggling at the start of the season but now I think we're on a better course, the last race was better. My confidence is getting better and I think we have some good ideas where we need to go with settings. Now I hope everything is at a good level.”