Hard work continued on Saturday for thee Repsol Honda Team as Espargaro and Bradl battled for every tenth, the pair set to line up on the fifth and sixth rows of the grid.

Conditions remained clear on Saturday morning at the Red Bull Ring as the Repsol Honda Team hunted the final tenths they needed to fight for Q2. Both Pol Espargaro and Stefan Bradl were able to make continued improvements to their times but the narrowest of margins again saw them miss out on the top ten and direct passage.

Having set a best time of 1’29.710 in Free Practice 3, Pol Espargaro was less than two tenths shy of the combined top ten and thus forced to head to Q1. A determined Espargaro was out on track immediately for Q1 and quickly found himself as one of the prime candidates to advance through. With the first runs complete, the #44 was holding steady inside the top two until the very final moments of the session. Ultimately taking 15th on the grid, Espargaro’s lap time of 1’29.475 was just two tenths slower than that of Di Giannantonio in the top two.

Stefan Bradl was one of the biggest improvers in the morning session, finding over a full second to end just half a second from a spot in the top ten. With Bradl 21st on the combined times but only a second off Zarco in practice, Qualifying was set to be a closely fought affair all the way through the grid. Consistent improvements continued for the HRC test rider who improved his best lap to a 1’29.809. Securing 18th on the grid, equalling his best grid slot of the year.

It will be another race of hard fights and charging comebacks for both the Repsol Honda Team riders. But as Espargaro showed in Silverstone, both riders and the RC213V are ready for the challenge as they prepare for Sunday’s 28-lap race. Racing is set to begin at 14:00 Local Time.

Pol Espargaro

15th 1'29.475

“Another tricky Saturday but we come here and keep pushing like always. The best Honda was Taka today, just a little bit ahead of us and I think we both did close to the maximum. We need to improve in Warm Up because right now we are not with the top group and we need to work specifically on the spinning with this bike. But let’s see what happens tomorrow when the lights go out, we line up and we give our best like always.”

Stefan Bradl

18th 1'29.809

“The results continue in line with what we have been experiencing but I am continuing to get faster and faster. If it goes our way tomorrow, I would like to be fighting for some points. There’s still work to do and the track isn’t helping us at the moment, but this is what it is. The first lap will be critical tomorrow, even with the chicane it will be a really big fight. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow and then start looking to Misano.”

MotoGP 2022
Qualifying Round 13   Austria

Austrian Grand Prix - Qualifying Results

Dry
Humidity
63%
Track Temp
27°C
Air Temp
22°C
Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 1'28.772
2 Bagnaia Francesco 62 ITA Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.024
3 Miller Jack 43 AUS Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati 0.109
4 Martin Jorge 89 SPA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.186
5 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.231
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Pramac Racing Ducati 0.274
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.363
8 Mir Joan 36 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.483
9 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Aprilia 0.483
10 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati 0.564
11 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar Suzuki 0.652
12 Binder Brad 33 RSA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.764
13 Marini Luca 10 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.155 Q1
14 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda Honda 0.159
15 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.244
16 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 0.309
17 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 0.382
18 Bradl Stefan 6 GER Repsol Honda Team Honda 0.578
19 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 0.854
20 Bezzecchi Marco 73 ITA Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati 0.891
21 Binder Darryn 40 RSA WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Yamaha 1.097
22 Gardner Remy 87 AUS Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.166
23 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing KTM 1.244
24 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA Aprilia Racing Test Team Aprilia 1.256
25 Marquez Alex 73 SPA LCR Honda Honda 4.422
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 1m28.772s (176.3 Km/h) Enea Bastianini (Ducati, 2022)
Race Lap 1m29.854s (174.2 Km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2022)
Race Time 42'14.886 (172.8 Km/h) Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati, 2022)
2022 Race Winner Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati)