Aug 12

Joker in the pack: Marquez overturns predictions for pole

NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich

Joker in the pack Marquez overturns predictions for poleRepsol Honda rider heads the grid, Dovizioso and Lorenzo complete the front row. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) blasted out the blocks to pole position at the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, carrying forward his earlier pace on Saturday to stake a claim on victory at the Red Bull Ring.

Expected key frontrunners Ducati were in close company, however, with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) taking second on his final lap and teammate Jorge Lorenzo completing the front row as Spielberg once again proved a happy hunting ground for the Borgo Panigale factory.

Despite fears about the weather, there was no rain on Saturday and good conditions for heading round the track with the highest average speed of the year and some of the most beautiful scenery – meaning there was plenty of track time to make use of throughout the day as the grid get ready for 28 laps on Sunday.

Staring down those 28 laps from the head of the second row is Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), as he hopes to take an important podium finish for the Championship fight. The rider from Roses lines up ahead of a late charge from Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) to take fifth after the Italian moved through from Q1, with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the second row as the French rookie looks to get back in the fight at the front.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) moved back up the order after a tough Friday to take seventh, just 0.003 ahead of Q1 graduate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) on a high-profile Row 3. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), after having a fast lap disallowed for exceeding track limits, completes that third row.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone, winner of his first ever premier class race at the Red Bull Ring last season, is P10 on the grid after finding some pace on Saturday morning and bouncing back from a mechanical problem – with Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) completing the top twelve after Q2.

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) is thirteenth on the grid after just missing out on graduation to Q2, ahead of Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) and Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), who locks out the fastest fifteen.

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was impressive once again for KTM, taking P16 at their first ever home race and only a few tenths off moving through to Q2 as the Bulls continue their charge.

Sunday is race day, and after Warm Up in the morning, the engines fire up at 14:00 (GMT +2) for the Austrian GP.

MotoGP Qualifying Results
1 – Marc Márquez (SPA – Honda) 1’23.235
2 – Andrea Dovizioso (ITA – Ducati) + 0.144
3 – Jorge Lorenzo (SPA – Ducati) + 0.386
1st Independent Team Rider:
P5 – Danilo Petrucci (ITA – Ducati ) +0.545
Pasini pips Morbidelli to pole – by a single thousandth

Italian 1-2 with Marquez completing the front row

Mattia Pasini (Italtrans Racing Team) starts the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich from pole position, as the veteran Italian beat compatriot Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) by one thousandth of a second in qualifying. EG 0,0 Marc VDS have both bikes on the front row, with Alex Marquez joining his teammate on a late charge to take P3.

Francesco Bagnaia (Sky Racing Team VR46) once again takes the honour of top rookie to head the second row, ahead of Championship challenger Tom Lüthi (CarXpert Interwetten) in fifth. Another impressive rookie performance completes Row 2, with Fabio Quartararo (Pons HP 40) in P6.

Isaac Viñales (BE-A-VIP SAG Team) continued his great pace this weekend to cross the line for seventh, with Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Ajo) in P8 after crashing earlier on Saturday and leaving himself some work to do on Sunday – currently third in the points.

Xavi Vierge (Tech 3 Racing) took ninth, with Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) completing the top ten – just 0.004 behind the Spaniard.

Jorge Navarro (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) pulled off either the save of the century or the quickest recovery from a lowside ever seen in qualifying and takes P11, with Hafizh Syahrin (Petronas Raceline Malaysia) for close company in twelfth on the timesheets – but the Malaysian will be faced with a grid penalty and will drop back.

Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) had crossed the line in ninth before having his fastest laptime cancelled for exceeding track limits, and was moved back to thirteenth. Dominique Aegerter (Kiefer Racing) and Simone Corsi (Speed Up Racing) complete the fastest fifteen on the grid.

The intermediate class have lights out on Sunday at 12:20 (GMT +2).
Moto2 Qualifying Results
1 – Mattia Pasini (ITA – Kalex) 1’29.394
2 – Franco Morbidelli (ITA – Kalex) +0.001
2 – Alex Márquez (SPA – Kalex) +0.176
Two on the bounce: Rodrigo takes pole at the Red Bull Ring

Rodrigo: KTM pole at their home race

Argentine rider emerges on top after quickfire final minutes of qualifying – with Guevara making it an RBA 1-2

Gabriel Rodrigo (RBA BOE Racing) put in another stunner in qualifying for the Austrian GP, taking his second ever pole – and the second for Argentina – just a week after his first at Brno. The RBA BOE Racing Team had even more to celebrate as teammate Juanfran Guevara was second quickest. Completing the front row is Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider Aron Canet – the highest-placed Championship challenger on the grid.

Canet’s teammate Enea Bastianini heads up Row 2 after having gone fastest in FP3 only to have his laptime cancelled, with British Talent Team rider John McPhee fifth quickest and setting himself up well for race day. Bo Bendsneyder (Red Bull KTM Ajo), who had been on provisional pole before the last minute dash, was sixth after a solid day.

Mugello winner Andrea Migno (Sky Racing Team VR46) was back at the sharp end in P7, ahead of Philipp Oettl (Südmetall Schedl GP Racing) – who has shown solid pace all weekend. Fabio Di Giannantonio (Del Conca Gresini Moto3) was ninth.

One headline was Championship leader, 2016 winner and pacesetter so far in 2017 Joan Mir (Leopard Racing), who had gone P2 by the end of the session before the Spaniard’s best laptime was then cancelled for exceeding track limits. He’ll line up in P10, just ahead of closest title rival Romano Fenati (Marinelli Rivacold Snipers).

Livio Loi (Leopard Racing), riding-through-the-pain-barrier Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Moto3), impressive injury replacement Jaume Masia (Platinum Bay Real Estate) and Adam Norrodin (SIC Racing Team) filled P12 to P15.

Then get ready to race at 11:00 (GMT +2) on Sunday.

Moto3 Qualifying Results
1 – Gabriel Rodrigo (ARG – KTM) 1’36.503
2 – Juanfran Guevara (SPA – KTM)  + 0.112
3 – Aron Canet (SPA – Honda) + 0.187

source: motogp.com