A productive first day at the Red Bull Ring for the Repsol Honda Team saw Marc Marquez lead the way with Bradl less than a second behind.

After just a few days rest from the double point-scoring finish at the Czech GP, the Repsol Honda Team were back to work at Round 11 of the MotoGP World Championship. Both Marc Marquez and Stefan Bradl eagerly returned to track, looking to build on what they achieved respectively in Brno.

Marquez started the Austrian GP with devilish consistency, using just a single set of tyres during Free Practice 1 and sitting at the top of the time sheets until the final moments when other riders fitted new tyres. A relentless start to Free Practice 2 saw Marquez set multiple 1’23s in a row with fresh rubber on his Repsol Honda Team RC213V. The MotoGP World Championship leader finished the day fastest by 0.066s with a 1’23.916, 0.8s from the outright lap record.

Having not ridden at the Red Bull Ring since 2016, Stefan Bradl was able to quickly get up to speed as he continues to deputise the injured Jorge Lorenzo. Bradl diligently worked through his weekend schedule and improved his best lap time by almost a second as he pushed for a Q2 spot. 0.839s away from his day-leading teammate, the German rider missed a spot in the top ten by a little over 0.3s and is ready to battle for a top ten spot tomorrow.

Takaaki Nakagami had a notable performance on the LCR Honda and finished Friday in fourth overall.

Bradl and the rest of the MotoGP grid will fight it out for a top ten spot and direct passage to Q2 during Free Practice 3 tomorrow, Friday August 09, at 09:55 local time.

Marc Marquez

1st 1'23.916

“Today like every Friday we worked a lot towards Sunday, focusing on race distance and understanding how the tyres and the setup will behave. Like in Brno and in the Sachsenring we were also working with two different frames – both were good. At a first look we are far ahead, but Dovizioso also has strong pace and Viñales and Quartararo are also quite close to us. We need to understand how the grip will change tomorrow and see what happens.”

Stefan Bradl

16th 1'24.755

“We had a busy day today, we had a lot of things to try. An intense day with all that we had to do but I am satisfied with the lap time. Obviously our position is not ideal but the gap to the guy in front is very small. On one side I’m happy and on another I could be happier but tomorrow we will be able to focus more on the race and improve our setup to go faster. Let’s hope the weather is OK and we will see what we can do!”

MotoGP 2019
Practice Round 11   Austria

Austrian GP Combined Free Practice Classification

Dry
Humidity
42%
Track Temp
49°C
Air Temp
29°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'23.916
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.066
3 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.117
4 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.155
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.237
6 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.392
7 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.410
8 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.414
9 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.420
10 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.502
11 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.553
12 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.624
13 Bagnaia Francesco 63 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.682
14 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.714
15 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.754
16 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.839
17 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.949
18 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1.087
19 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.223
20 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1.317
21 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 1.353
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)