Just a few tenths separated a late-charging Pol Espargaro from the top ten as Stefan Bradl eyed the future at the Red Bull Ring.

Friday at the Red Bull Ring was all about timing, the Repsol Honda Team working to maximise their performance between threats of rain and capture spots in Q2. Competing on one of the MotoGP World Championship’s tightest circuits meant that times were tighter than ever as only 0.291s split the top ten as the day came to a close. The fight for the top ten erupted in the final ten minutes of Free Practice 2, even as rain began to fall. Weather looks set to play a key role in the rest of the weekend as well.

Pol Espargaro was one of the first to make major improvements in those closing minutes of FP2, jumping up inside the top ten after spending the morning working on bike setup. With times as close as they were, just two tenths split Espargaro from a direct place in Q2. As the forecast remains mixed for tomorrow’s Free Practice 3 session, only the Austrian mountains know if the #44 will have another chance to improve his time before Q1. But Espargaro knows he and his team have a few cards still left to play on Saturday.

On the other side of the Repsol Honda Team garage, it was a day of steady improvements for Stefan Bradl yet again. The fan favourite made an impression as he was one of the first to fit slicks and enjoyed a stint at the top of the time sheets. Ultimately ending the day in 21st overall with a best time of 1’31.182, Bradl was a second shy of the top ten. His goal remains to qualify further up the grid and spend the race fighting for points.

Marc Marquez enjoyed a busy day at the Red Bull Ring, meeting with his team and Honda HRC as well as getting the rare opportunity to watch MotoGP machines from trackside. Two sessions as the track allowed Marquez to observe all the Honda riders as well as listen in as they debriefed with their teams. After a productive visit, the eight-time World Champion will return home to continue his recovery and rehabilitation.

Pol Espargaro

14th 1'30.364

“We are not that far from the top, just half a second at a tight circuit like this is a lot better than our position shows. But this is MotoGP so every tenth counts and there are a few tools we can pull out tomorrow to close the gap. We aren’t in Q2 at the moment but if the weather holds tomorrow we will be pushing hard to make the top ten. We are working together inside Honda to improve, Marc was here also today watching and listening to the team talk.”

Stefan Bradl

21st 1'31.182

“The new chicane is good here, it reduces the speed and they have done a good job. It’s a bit bumpy but the chicane makes the track very different. It was a productive day today, I was able to get some good information and work with HRC and Marc on a few points. We are making good progress, both for this weekend and for the future. Let’s see what happens with the weather, times are very close so a bit of rain can really mix things up.”

MotoGP 2022
Practice Round 13   Austria

Austrian Grand Prix Practice Results

Miixed
Humidity
61%
Track Temp
28°C
Air Temp
24°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 1'29.837
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.024
3 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.029
4 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.040
5 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.160
6 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.193
7 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.229
8 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.229
9 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.276
10 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.291
11 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.310
12 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.474
13 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.484
14 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.527
15 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.618
16 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 0.672
17 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.780
18 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 0.802
19 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0863
20 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1.037
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.345
22 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.478
23 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.487
24 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.738
25 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 2.141
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 1m28.772s (176.3 Km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)
Race Lap 1m29.854s (174.2 Km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2022)
Race Time 42'14.886 (172.8 Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
2022 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)