Saturday in Austria left the Repsol Honda Team wanting more as Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro only managed the third and fifth rows of the grid respectively after two tight Qualifying sessions.

Clear conditions across Saturday saw lap times tumble around the Red Bull Ring as the MotoGP World Championship battled it out first for a spot in the top ten and then for pole later in the day. The Red Bull Ring produced a blistering Q2 session with Marc Marquez’s pole lap record falling.

Once again there was no waiting around for Marc Marquez who was able to improve on his best time from Friday almost immediately. Diligent work throughout Free Practice 3 saw him seal a place in Q2, Marquez making the most of the track time in FP4 to prepare for Qualifying and the race. Progress was made throughout Q2 as Marquez worked to improve his best time, dropping under the 1’23.5 barrier on his penultimate lap. Having set a personal best time through the first sector on his last flying lap, the eight-time World Champion suffered a harmless fall at Turn 3 and while he and his RC213V were unharmed, he was unable to improve his time. Marquez will line up eighth on the grid for the 28-lap race and is ready to do battle, pleased with his overall pace.

Unfortunately for Pol Espargaro the morning session did not go to plan after a fast start and Espargaro missed a top ten position by only 0.017s. The difficulties continued into Q1 as Espargaro, set to make his 250th Grand Prix start this weekend, was unable to battle for the top-two positions and will line up 15th on the grid for Sunday’s race. With a number of big names around him such as Rins and Binder, the scene is set for a recovery ride after Saturday’s troubles.

Forecasts are pointing towards rainfall on Sunday just as the MotoGP race is set to begin at 14:00 Local Time. Both Repsol Honda Team riders are ready to give it their all for the first of two races here at the Red Bull Ring.

Marc Marquez

8th 1'23.489

“Today I am happy about the day overall because we made a step or two and our rhythm is looking good. I am also feeling better on the bike, which is a positive. We were more realistic with our expectations for today. In Q2 itself, the performance of the bike could have achieved more. Not pole position, even with a fast first sector, but we could have been higher. Fortunately it was just a very small fall and I am all OK. I feel better with the used tyres than I do on the new tyres. Starting in eighth will be tricky, especially passing the Ducati’s here but it will be a long race and also the weather could play a part.”

Pol Espargaro

15th 1'23.971

“It was not the day that we had planned or hoped for today as we were struggling a lot. Our overall pace is not too bad, but we still can’t drop our lap times as much as the other riders with the new tyres. I hope it rains tomorrow because then we can show what we can do, no matter what I will give my everything tomorrow for the race. Our struggles are the same as before, we are lacking traction and it’s hard after the summer break. But we put our heads down and keep working, this is all we can do.”

MotoGP 2021
Qualifying Round 10   Austria

Styrian GP Qualifying Result

Dry
Humidity
50%
Track Temp
32°C
Air Temp
25°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'22.994
2 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.044
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.081
4 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.306
5 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.328
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.382
7 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.454
8 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.495
9 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.514
10 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.542
11 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.847
12 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.950
13 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki Q1 0.038
14 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA KTM Test Team KTM 0.183
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.424
16 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.503
17 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.550
18 Marini Luca 10 ITA SKY VR46 Avintia Ducati 0.568
19 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.594
20 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Avintia Esponsorama Ducati 0.698
21 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.858
22 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.918
23 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.966
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 1m22.643s (188.0 Km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2021)
Race Lap 1m23.827s (185.4 Km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2019)
Race Time 39m34.771s (183.2) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2019)
2021 Race Winners Styrian GP: Jorge Martin (Ducati) || Austrian GP: Brad Binder (KTM)