The second-half of the MotoGP season roars on come Sunday, August 21 at the Austrian Grand Prix. Before you lay a dollar on the upcoming race, you’ll want to read our complete breakdown of the event. We have free-of-cost betting picks on who could win the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix right here!
The best of the best MotoGP betting sites have released odds to win on the looming race. At the moment, these drivers are most favored to win among the entire racing grid:
2022 Austrian Grand Prix Preview
After a month-long break, MotoGP finally returned to the grid last week with the British Grand Prix. Before we preview what lays ahead in Austria, let’s recount how Silverstone circuit treated the world’s best riders.
No one was treated better than Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia. He held off Maverick Vinales (Aprilia Racing) to capture the win by just under half a second. That’s now four wins this season by Bagnaia — the most in the whole grid. It keeps Bagnaia alive in the MotoGP world title race with only eight. Ore races to go.
Bagnaia is now third overall in the standings with 131 points. He remains 49 points behind the leader, Fabio Quartararo, who had a forgettable day at the British GP. A long lap penalty hurt Quartararo’s chances greatly, as he placed in P8. The defending world champion was running away with another title before two back-to-back bad outings have made things interesting again. Second to him in the standings is Aleix Espargaro, who underperformed himself with a P9 finish in Silverstone.
You have to believe Ducati is feeling good right now. Not only do they possess a 91-point lead over Yamaha in the Constructors Championship (virtually locking up a threepeat title for them), but the next race is in Red Bull Ring in Austria — familiar turf for the team. Ever since this race returned to the MotoGP schedule in 2016, a Ducati rider has won every single time but once. Last year, KTM’s Brad Binder snapped Ducati’s five-year win streak.
Obviously, that recent success means plenty for Ducati. Not only for a possible back-back win for Bagnaia, but the team’s other drivers too — Enea Bastianini (who owns three wins this season), Jorge Martin, and Marco Bezzecchi.
Best Bets To Win 2022 MotoGP Austrian GP
Per usual with this sport, we’ll be making two bets on who to win the 2022 Austrian GP. MotoGP is more unpredictable than, say, Formula 1 race betting so the two-bet approach is natural risk management. With that said, here’s the two riders we’re throwing money on:
Is there any rider more incredibly frustrating in all of MotoGP than Bagnaia? Yes, he has a grid-high four victories but at the same time, he’s gotten DNFs on three separate occasions too. Bagnaia is the quintessential boom-or-bust bet. But in Austria, we’re of the belief Bagnaia booms, hence why he draws a bet from us.
Everything we’ve said about Bagnaia already is true: when he’s on, he’s as good as anyone in MotoGP. Racing at Red Bull Ring should help Bagnaia be “on” come race time. While none of the team’s five wins in six years have come courtesy of Bagnaia, that isn’t stopping us from hammering a bet on the Italian. His current momentum and confidence should catapult him to victory position.
This may come to a surprise to many but Bastianini is our backup bet — not Quartararo. That may sound unconventional but hear us out for one second. Bastianini should also benefit from Ducati’s familiar success at Red Bull Ring. Like Bagnaia, Bastianini is incredibly volatile on the track, but his upside is huge when things are going right.
But here’s why we’re fading Quartararo: he’s cold. Ice cold. Before finishing P8 in England, he DNF at TT Assen. And at this event a year ago during his championship season? Only P7. There’s just no momentum with Quartararo going into this one and it’s best to avoid him altogether.
How To Bet & Watch 2022 MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix
Ready to bet on the 2022 Austrian GP? You should be if you’ve read up until now. To lock in your bet — whether that’s on our picks or not — you can do so easily at one of the popular online sportsbooks listed in the underneath table. Any one of ‘em will have up-to-date betting lines, not just for Austria, but the rest of the season. Eight more MotoGP races remain so you don’t want to pass up on the accompanying betting opportunities.
And for those who want to follow their bets on television, you can watch the Austrian action exclusively on CNBC if you’re inside the United States. The NBC sister network will air the race at 5 pm EST — which is actually not live. It’s on
tape delay given the huge time differences between the United States and Austria in Europe (six to nine hours depending on where you live in the US). Be aware of that if you don’t want to “spoil” if your bet pans out or not.