Martin takes second straight MotoGP pole at Red Bull Ring

Jorge Martin. Picture: MotoGP.com

Jorge Martin has backed up his maiden MotoGP pole with another at the Red Bull Ring just a week later, in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Martin had put his Pramac Ducati in first position on the grid for the Michelin Grand Prix of Styria, which he went on to win, and will start from the same spot in Round 11 of the season at the Spielberg circuit.

The Spanish rookie had a tumble at the end of Free Practice 4, was already going into Qualifying 1, and then also had to break the all time lap record if he was to deny championship leader Fabio Quartararo pole position.

Martin did just that, meaning Quartararo is set to start from second spot on his Monster Energy Yamaha, with the Ducati Lenovo Team’s Francesco Bagnaia also making the front row.

Practice pace-setter Johann Zarco (Pramac Ducati) set the fastest first flyer in clocking a 1:23.984s, but it was Quartararo soon on top with a 1:22.677s.

That was a new all time lap record at the time and the Frenchman even set a subsequent 1:22.794s before pitting, while next-best at the end of the first runs was Martin on a 1:23.037s, with Zarco third on a 1:23.399s.

Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) then went to third when he clocked a 1:23.378s, before Bagnaia, who lost multiple laps for track limits breaches on his first run, finally set a lap time when he broke the beam at a 1:23.218s.

The Italian consolidated third spot in setting a 1:23.063s just before the chequered flag, at which point Quartararo remained fastest.

However, both of Pramac Racing’s riders were on good pace and while Zarco missed the front row in setting a 1:23.120s, Martin came through to lay down a 1:22.643s and thus move from the middle of the front row to pole.

Zarco ended up fourth, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) took fifth with a 1:23.227s, and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo) earned sixth with a 1:23.320s.

Row 3 will be Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) alongside Aleix Espargaro (Gresini Aprilia) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM), with Row 4 comprised of Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM), Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda), and Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu LCR Honda).

Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) will start from 13th having come up just over a tenth shy of progression from Qualifying 1.

Rins had just consolidated second spot with a 1:23.470s when Oliveira knocked him out with a 1:23.365s just before the chequered flag, and #42 will be joined on Row 5 will by Alex Marquez (Castrol LCR Honda) and Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama Ducati).

Row 6 will be Iker Lecuona (Tech3 KTM), Luca Marini (Sky VR46 Esponsorama Ducati), and Valentino Rossi (Petronas SRT Yamaha), with the 20-rider field rounded out by Danilo Petrucci (Tech3 KTM) and Cal Crutchlow (Petronas SRT Yamaha).

The 28-lap race is set to get underway on Sunday at 22:00 AEST.

Qualifying: Austrian MotoGP

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev
1 89 Jorge MARTIN ESP Pramac Racing Ducati 1:22.643  
2 20 Fabio QUARTARARO FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1:22.677 0.034 / 0.034
3 63 Francesco BAGNAIA ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:23.063 0.420 / 0.386
4 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1:23.120 0.477 / 0.057
5 93 Marc MARQUEZ ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:23.227 0.584 / 0.107
6 43 Jack MILLER AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 1:23.320 0.677 / 0.093
7 36 Joan MIR ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:23.378 0.735 / 0.058
8 41 Aleix ESPARGARO ESP Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1:23.423 0.780 / 0.045
9 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:23.499 0.856 / 0.076
10 33 Brad BINDER RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:23.568 0.925 / 0.069
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO ESP Repsol Honda Team Honda 1:23.738 1.095 / 0.170
12 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI JPN LCR Honda IDEMITSU Honda 1:23.990 1.347 / 0.252
13 42 Alex RINS ESP Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1:23.470 Q1 / Q1
14 73 Alex MARQUEZ ESP LCR Honda CASTROL Honda 1:23.535 Q1 / 0.065
15 23 Enea BASTIANINI ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 1:23.790 Q1 / 0.255
16 27 Iker LECUONA ESP Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:23.825 Q1 / 0.035
17 10 Luca MARINI ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 1:23.834 Q1 / 0.009
18 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:23.939 Q1 / 0.105
19 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1:24.405 Q1 / 0.466
20 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 1:24.509 Q1 / 0.104

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