Steps forward continue for Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl as the pair achieve their best grid positions of the season so far.

Consistent afternoon conditions at the Red Bull Ring led to steady gains for the Repsol Honda Team on Saturday, both Alex Marquez and Stefan Bradl pleased with their overall pace as well as advances made in Qualifying. Times around the rapid Red Bull Ring meant that even the smallest of mistakes could cost multiple positions in the standings as one second regularly split 19 riders.

Eager to gain as much information as possible, Moto2 World Champion Alex Marquez was not afraid of heading out in the wet during the morning session. Alex was the first rider to push when it began drying Free Practice 3 session, moving to the top of the timing screen with just under 15 minutes of the session remaining. Unfortunately, conditions did not allow the MotoGP rookie to improve his overall time and he arrived in Q1 again, challenging for a top spot from the first lap. A 1’24.490 saw Alex take 18th on the grid, his best result so far and within 0.6s of a transfer spot.

Stefan Bradl’s weekend has continued to progress with the German test rider lapping half a second faster than in FP1 on Friday. Like his fellow Repsol Honda Team rider, Bradl was able to make improvements in Q1 and will start the Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich from 19th – three places higher and two tenths faster than his 2019 result with the team. Bradl is aiming to make a good start and push for points in tomorrow’s race.

Nakagami was again the leading Honda, qualifying his LCR Team RC213V in tenth place on the grid. This is his second top-ten grid position of the year.

The lights for the first of two races at the Red Bull Ring are scheduled to go out at 14:00 Local Time. 20 minutes of morning Warm Up will give both Repsol Honda Team riders a final chance to refine their setup and adapt to any weather changes before the 28-lap race. 

Alex Marquez

18th 1'24.490

“I’m in a better situation here than in Brno, from the first moment I felt good with the bike and I felt like I could be faster. Our race pace is again looking good, there’s one or two small details we need to confirm for tomorrow. We improved our speed over one lap, but I wasn’t able to do anything more with the second new tyre for some reason. We’ll try to make a good start tomorrow and stay in the group. I am close to the other rookies and they are a good target.”

Stefan Bradl

19th 1'24.662

“The weekend has not been easy with the weather; we have had to make the most of the track time because FP2 and FP3 weren’t ideal. I’m still trying to improve my feeling with the bike, but we found something interesting in Qualifying and this gives me some optimism about tomorrow. I think it will help us with the performance in the race and we can fight more in the race. I am actually looking forward to tomorrow, we have learned a lot today and I just hope the weather stays dry.”

MotoGP 2020
Qualifying Round 5   Austria

Austrian GP Qualifying Classification

Dry
Humidity
53%
Track Temp
41°C
Air Temp
26°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'23.450
2 Miller Jack 43 AUS Pramac Racing Ducati 0.068
3 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.087
4 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.156
5 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.162
6 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.223
7 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Petronas Yamaha SRT Yamaha 0.269
8 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.281
9 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 0.378
10 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.422
11 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.489
12 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.545
13 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Ducati Team Ducati 0.050 Q1
14 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.286
15 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda Honda 0.363
16 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA Red Bull KTM Tech 3 KTM 0.540
17 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.620
18 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.625
19 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.797
20 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 0.966
21 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Esponsorama Racing Ducati 1.422
22 Pirro Michele 51 ITA Pramac Racing Ducati 1.566
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)
2020 Race Winners Austrian GP: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) - Styrian GP: Miguel Oliveira (KTM)