Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez bravely secured a positive second-row start for tomorrow’s Austrian GP despite suffering a heavy crash at turn 3 in the FP3 session. Marc avoided a clash with teammate Dani Pedrosa in the incident but briefly dislocated his left shoulder. He didn’t complete the session and later was taken to the hospital in the nearby town of Leoben for some precautionary exams. In any case, he had already improved enough on his Friday lap time to gain direct passage to Q2 with the ninth-best lap time, despite missing the “time attack” period that typically happens at the end of FP3.

Marc was given the all-okay at the hospital and returned to action in FP4 to set the fourth-fastest time. He then continued to display amazing determination as he fought for a good grid position in a closely contested session, and his time of 1’23.475, just 0.333s off pole-setter Andrea Iannone, earned him a very good fifth place.

Dani tried hard to make the best of the warmer conditions and effectively improved his pace compared to the opening day, but not by as much as he was hoping and expecting. Dani nevertheless remains focused and determined to work hard with his team to make the best result possible tomorrow and return to strength in this second part of the season.

Marc Marquez

5th 1'23.475

“It was a tough day for us as we began the morning session with a crash in FP3 that was completely my mistake. I braked too late and went wide at turn 3, risking a clash with Dani who was in front on the outside line. To avoid him, I crashed and I dislocated my left shoulder. I decided, along with the doctor, to go to the hospital to check that everything was okay. Luckily it was just a scare, and I was able to ride in the afternoon despite being bruised up. In the end, I think fifth place is good. The goal was to be close to the podium spots, and we succeeded in that. Tomorrow we’ll try to get close to the two Yamahas, with the knowledge that the Ducatis have been faster until now, but we’ll give our best as usual.”

Dani Pedrosa

12th 1'24.263

“With today’s higher temperatures, we were able to take a step forward from yesterday and I lowered my lap by two seconds, although it was a shame not to get into the 1’23 range. Even if I expected a better result, we’ll try to concentrate, get as much confidence as possible and be positive. We will look for possible solutions for the race; our intention is to go out and give everything we have and get references that help us to move forward. We want to improve this dynamic as soon as possible; the rider is the one who can contribute the most, so I want to do as well as possible.”

MotoGP 2016
Qualifying Round 10   Austria

Results Session

Sunny
Humidity
46%
Track Temp
40°C
Air Temp
27°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'23.142
2 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'23.289
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'23.298
4 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'23.361
5 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'23.475
6 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'23.584
7 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'23.597
8 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'23.777
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 1'23.813
10 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'23.822
11 Laverty Eugene 50 IRE Aspar Team Ducati 1'24.218
12 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'24.263
13 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich Ducati 1'24.123
14 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'24.126
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'24.265
16 Hernandez Yonny 68 COL Aspar Team Ducati 1'24.472
17 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'24.593
18 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'24.665
19 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Aspar Team Ducati 1'24.673
20 Miller Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'24.852
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'24.895
22 Baz Loris 76 FRA Avintia Racing Ducati 1'25.192
Location Information

The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg is located beautifully in the Murtal-region of Styria, Austria. The circuit was originally built in 1969, then known as the Österreichring. In 1996 it was rebuilt with the track-layout it still had when, in 2011, it was reopened as the Red Bull Ring and… read more.

Length 4.3 km / 2.68 miles
Width 13 metres
Left corners 3
Right corners 7
Longest straight 626 m / 2053.81 ft
Constructed 1969
Modified 1996

Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Steiermark, Austria - View in Google Maps

www.projekt-spielberg.com/en

Records

Pole Position 1m23.142s (186.9 Km/h) Andrea Iannone (Ducati, 2016)
Race Lap 1m24.561s (183.8 Km/h) Andrea Iannone (Ducati, 2016)
Race Time 39m 46.255s (182.4) Andrea Iannone
2016 Race Winner Andrea Iannone (Ducati)