The second Qualifying day in two weeks saw lap records smashed as the MotoGP field battled it out for pole, Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro both improving their times and grid positions over last weekend.
Saturday at the Red Bull Ring started well for the Repsol Honda Team as both Marc Marquez and Pol Espargaro ended Free Practice 3 inside the combined top ten. Marquez was especially impressive as he improved his time by eight tenths to end the morning in fourth with a 1’23.132 – only a tenth shy of his 2019 pole time.
A small fall early in Free Practice 3 did little to upset Marc Marquez’s session, the eight-time World Champion immediately remounting and completing his run. With the hard work done in the morning, Marquez headed back out on track for Q2 to battle for grid position. A best lap of 1’23.227 saw him go two tenths faster than last week’s qualifying session and secured fifth – equaling his best grid position of the year from Germany. Having already shown his speed off the line last weekend, Marquez will again be looking to put together a strong opening lap.
Pol Espargaro created another consistent day around the 4.3-kilometer-long track, improving his pace with each session. Ending Free Practice 4 in eighth, Espargaro’s work on used tyres on Friday was beginning to bear fruit. Then in Q2, the #44 put together a 1’23.738 to join his teammate in going faster than the previous week and improving his starting position. The lap time will see Espargaro line up his Honda RC213V in 11th place, just ahead of Takaaki Nakagami. Espargaro felt he could have delivered more over one lap with a different front tyre choice in Qualifying, but is feeling more confident with the hard front for the race.
Both Repsol Honda Team riders are primed to attack when the lights go out at 14:00 Local Time tomorrow, Sunday August 15. Forecasts remain decidedly mixed for what the weather will do on Sunday, some calling for rain while other predicted the hot weather to continue.
Austrian GP Qualifying Result
|1||Martin Jorge||89||SPA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||1'22.643|
|2||Quartararo Fabio||20||FRA||Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP||Yamaha||0.034|
|3||Bagnaia Francesco||63||ITA||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.420|
|4||Zarco Johann||5||FRA||Pramac Racing||Ducati||0.477|
|5||Marquez Marc||93||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||0.584|
|6||Miller Jack||43||AUS||Ducati Lenovo Team||Ducati||0.677|
|7||Mir Joan||36||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.735|
|8||Espargaro Aleix||41||SPA||Aprilia Racing Team Gresini||Aprilia||0.780|
|9||Oliveira Miguel||88||POR||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.856|
|10||Binder Brad||33||RSA||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.925|
|11||Espargaro Pol||44||SPA||Repsol Honda Team||Honda||1.095|
|12||Nakagami Takaaki||30||JPN||LCR Honda||Honda||1.347|
|13||Rins Alex||42||SPA||Team Suzuki Ecstar||Suzuki||0.273 Q1|
|14||Marquez Alex||73||SPA||LCR Honda||Honda||0.338|
|15||Bastianini Enea||23||ITA||Avintia Esponsorama||Ducati||0.593|
|16||Lecuona Iker||27||SPA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||0.628|
|17||Marini Luca||10||ITA||SKY VR46 Avintia||Ducati||0.637|
|18||Rossi Valentino||46||ITA||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||0.742|
|19||Petrucci Danilo||9||ITA||Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing||KTM||1.208|
|20||Crutchlow Cal||35||GBR||Petronas Yamaha SRT||Yamaha||1.312|
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|
|Longest straight||626 m / 2053.81 ft|
Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Steiermark, Austria - View in Google Maps
|Pole Position||1m22.643s (188.0 Km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2021)|
|Race Lap||1m23.827s (185.4 Km/h) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2019)|
|Race Time||39m34.771s (183.2) Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati, 2019)|
|2021 Race Winners||Styrian GP: Jorge Martin (Ducati) || Austrian GP: Brad Binder (KTM)|