Marquez edges Ducatis in Austria qualifying

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Marc Marquez has qualified on pole for the Austrian MotoGP with a lap 0.002s faster than Andrea Dovizioso’s best as Jorge Lorenzo also made the front row.

At the factory Movistar Yamaha camp, however, Valentino Rossi missed Qualifying 2 and Maverick Viñales qualified 11th.

Lorenzo briefly interrupted Marquez’s time at the top of Q2 but the Repsol Honda rider was just good enough in the end.

Marquez was fastest after the first timed laps and then at the end of the first runs before Lorenzo, who opted for three runs, went quicker in his middle run.

However, the runaway championship leader would not be denied as he twice improved in his final run to set the ultimate benchmark at 1:23.241s.

The Ducati Team riders were the only two who could take the fight to Marquez and Dovizioso fell agonisingly short in the final minute of qualifying.

Lorenzo got down to a 1:23.376s on his third run before going faster than Marquez to the first sector but ultimately remained third.

“It is a circuit where they (Ducati Team) are very, very strong but anyway I was able to be fast during all the practice (sessions) and this is the most important,” said Marquez.

“(It) Looks like tomorrow will be dry so it is important to concentrate because they have good pace.”

Heading up Row 2 is the Pramac Ducati of Danilo Petrucci, alongside Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Johann Zarco (Tech3 Yamaha).

Sitting behind them will be Tito Rabat (Avintia Ducati), Andrea Iannone (Suzuki Ecstar), and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda).

Viñales never looked like qualifying in a prominent position and ended up on the middle of the fourth row, between Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) and Alvaro Bautista (Nieto Ducati), both of whom came through Qualifying 1.

Rossi had to go into the first 15 minutes of qualifying, for which the starting order was effectively decided by Free Practice 1 after weather affected the next two practice sessions.

The Italian didn’t make it out and will start 14th.

Jack Miller was seventh-fastest in Q1 after failing to set a time during his first run due to a gearbox issue for his Pramac Ducati.

He will, however, start 16th due to a three-position grid penalty for Franco Morbidelli (Marc VDS Honda) for impeding another rider while riding slowly on the racing line during FP1.

Race start for the 28-lap grand prix is tomorrow night at 2200 AEST.

Qualifying: Austrian MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/prev
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:23.241  
2 04 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1:23.243 0.002 / 0.002
3 99 Jorge LORENZO ESP Ducati Team Ducati 1:23.376 0.135 / 0.133
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:23.503 0.262 / 0.127
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:23.812 0.571 / 0.309
6 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:23.887 0.646 / 0.075
7 53 Tito RABAT ESP Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:23.922 0.681 / 0.035
8 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:24.091 0.850 / 0.169
9 26 Dani PEDROSA ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:24.124 0.883 / 0.033
10 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:24.227 0.986 / 0.103
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:24.284 1.043 / 0.057
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA ESP Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:24.342 1.101 / 0.058
13 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:24.245 Q1 / Q1
14 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:24.309 Q1 / 0.064
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:24.762 Q1 / 0.453
16 43 Jack MILLER AUS Alma Pramac Racing Ducati 1:24.805 Q1 / 0.038
17 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1:24.834 Q1 / 0.029
18 10 Xavier SIMEON BEL Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1:24.868 Q1 / 0.034
19 21 Franco MORBIDELLI ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:24.767 Penalty
20 45 Scott REDDING GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:25.067 Q1 / 0.199
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:25.178 Q1 / 0.111
22 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1:25.310 Q1 / 0.132
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Angel Nieto Team Ducati 1:25.339 Q1 / 0.029

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