A red-letter day for Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team with a new lap record at the Red Bull Ring as the 21-year old record for most premier class poles falls.

The pace was high from the off on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring as MotoGP riders fought for a place in the top ten during Free Practice 3’s ideal weather conditions. Predicted rain stayed well away and the MotoGP World Championship grid enjoyed uninterrupted running all day on Saturday, able to push lap times further.

Marc Marquez continued his assault on the time sheets immediately on Saturday, dropping into the low 1’23s within just a handful of laps in FP3. His metronomic pace continued throughout and into Free Practice 4 where he ultimately finished third but with formidable consistency.

Again in the low 1’23s, Marquez set the bar throughout Q2 as he targeted a 1’22s around the 4.3km long Austrian circuit. A mistake in the final sector meant the reigning MotoGP World Champion was unable to set a 1’22, but his 1’23.027 did achieve a new all time lap record at the Red Bull Ring. As in Brno, Marquez had a significant advantage over second place – 0.434s faster than Quartararo. With his seventh pole of the 2019 season, Marquez establishes a new record for premier class poles as he took his 59th since joining the MotoGP class in 2013 and overtakes fellow Honda rider Mick Doohan as the most prolific pole setter in the premier class.

A productive FP3 and FP4 session saw Stefan Bradl and the Repsol Honda Team improve the setup of his RC213V but narrowly miss a top ten spot. Heading to Q1, Bradl and the team were confident of challenging for a spot in the top 15 but an issue during Bradl’s second run meant he was unable to show his full potential. Recovering well and finishing in the points will be Bradl’s objective for Sunday.

Sunday’s 28-lap Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich is scheduled to start at 14:00 local time.

Marc Marquez

1st 1’23.027

“It was a really good lap but I was looking for the 1’22! But I did a mistake in the last sector and I went too wide in Turn 10. Apart from that we did a great job and during FP4 we had a great rhythm, which is the most important thing. Today was a great day, everything and everyone in the team was working so well. We just need to understand the best tyre for tomorrow and let’s do it! We will try to fight until the end and see what happens.”

Stefan Bradl

21st 1'25.020

“It was a tough day today, we were able to try many things but got unlucky in Qualifying and weren't able to improve. We are working very hard with and for HRC to try things for the future and they are pleased with how we are going. We had to change our plan a little in FP4 and this hurt our overall speed. Tomorrow it can only get better!”

MotoGP 2019
Qualifying Round 11   Austria

Austrian Grand Prix Qualification Results

Dry
Humidity
34%
Track Temp
51°C
Air Temp
33°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1’23.027
2 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.434
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.488
4 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.496
5 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.625
6 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.642
7 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.654
8 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.661
9 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.727
10 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.790
11 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.839
12 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Mission Winnow Ducati Ducati 0.937
13 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1'24.130 Q1
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.140
15 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.259
16 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.262
17 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 0.293
18 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.396
19 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.619
20 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.629
21 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.890
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 1m23.027s (187.2 Km/h) Marc Marquez (Honda, 2019)
Race Lap 1m23.827s (185.4 Km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2019)
Race Time 39m34.771s (183.2) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2019)
2019 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)