Martin takes second straight MotoGP pole at Red Bull Ring
Saturday 14th August, 2021 - 11:10pm
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
|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|