A day of experimentation and learning for Marc Marquez and Joan Mir as they worked through a busy schedule to assess upgrades from HRC.

Clear conditions at the Red Bull Ring led to a complete day of on track action for the Repsol Honda Team as the Austrian GP began in earnest. Both Marc Marquez and Joan Mir spent much of the day assessing an upgraded aerodynamics package for their Honda RC213V machines.

Friday’s morning session was about understanding the new aero updates for Marc Marquez, the #93 running them back-to-back with the previous version. Marquez suffered a fall during the first session at Turn 4 but was able to remount and finish the session. With a base of data gathered, the eight-time World Champion and his team worked on improving his overall feeling with the bike in the afternoon. An impressive run of laps saw the Repsol Honda Team rider briefly inside the top two, but traffic later in the session prevented him from improving further. As a result, Marquez finished the day in 13th with a best time of 1’29.356.

Joan Mir’s day would be somewhat more complicated than his teammate’s, the #36 struggling to set a fast lap at the end of afternoon practice as spits of rain began to fall at a critical moment in the session. His ideal times suggest a better pace, especially in the first half of the lap where the 2020 MotoGP World Champion is able to challenge the top ten. Mir ultimately finished the day in 23rd position but is well aware his potential is much higher, hungry for improvements.

Saturday’s forecast looks set to be dry for both Qualifying and the Sprint, the Red Bull Ring sure to produce some more of its typical dramatic action when the lights go out.

Marc Marquez

13th 01'29.356

“There was a lot of work to do today, it was very mentally demanding as we worked across two different aero packages. Your riding style needs to change quite a lot for the new aero. We will keep using it here because at this type of track it has some improvements that are clear, but we will need to keep trying it at other tracks. I pushed very hard at the end of the afternoon session and we improved our lap time, unfortunately we lost our last fast lap – but this can happen. The target is understanding the aero package and seeing what’s possible tomorrow.”

Joan Mir

23rd 01'30.352

“Today we were able to try the new fairing that Taka first tried last race. So this meant that we had to change the setup for it, this took a bit of time. Then in the afternoon session there was some rain that came which interrupted our plan and progress a little. I was going well on my final lap, but there was some rain in the last sector. For sure I know this is not our real potential, which is in the top 15, so hopefully we can make a step tomorrow to finish where we know we can be.”

MotoGP 2023
Practice Round 10   Austria

Friday Practice - Austrian Grand Prix

Track Temp
Air Temp
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 1'28.533
2 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.044
3 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.288
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.330
5 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.388
6 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.479
7 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.519
8 Marquez Alex 73 SPA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.563
9 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.622
10 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 0.627
11 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.653
12 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.777
13 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.823
14 Miller Jack 43 AUS Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.867
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 0.953
16 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.982
17 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1.088
18 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 1.197
19 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia 1.256
20 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM 1.334
21 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1.470
22 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA LCR Honda Honda 1.690
23 Mir Joan 36 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1.819
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



Pole Position 1m28.539s (176.7 Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)
Race Lap 1m29.840s (174.2 Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2023)
Race Time 42'14.886 (172.8 Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
2023 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)
2023 Sprint Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)