Q1 saw a close fight between Cal Crutchlow, Miguel Oliveira, Francesco Bagnaia and Franco Morbidelli, with all 4 riders who seemed able to be fast enough to get a spot for the last session of qualifying. At the end the best one was the Briton from LCR Honda, with Crutchlow who got the best Q1 time with 1.23.829 during his last attempt after making a mistake in his penultimate lap.
Also Francesco Bagnaia obtained a good lap to get the access into Q2, with “Pecco” who confirmed Ducati’s pace at Red Bull Ring. Italian guy was just 99 thousandths of a second slower than Crutchlow, but fast enough to snatch top 2 from Miguel Oliveira’s hands, who led Q1 for a while before being taken out from Francesco and Cal. Nothing to do for Franco Morbidelli as well, who was temporary 2nd for a while but then overtaken by Oliveira and Bagnaia.
In the decisive moment, it was Marc Marquez who got again a stunning pole position with a stunning lap; reigning World Champion was able to ride in 1.23.027 being almost half of a second faster than everyone! 2nd was indeed Fabio Quartararo, who snatched that place from Andrea Dovizioso in his last attempt but was four tenths of a second slower than pole sitter, while Dovizioso was just 0.054s slower than French guy.
Second row is opened by Maverick Vinales, who seemed to have the pace to obtain first row but ended in 4th ahead of a superb Francesco Bagnaia, 5th with a great performance in which he out qualified teammate Jack Miller, 8th. Positive qualifying for Takaaki Nakagami too, 6th at the end, while Alex Rins is just behind with 12 thousandths of a second that separate the two. Cal Crutchlow is 9th with Valentino Rossi behind; Italian rider from Yamaha surely expected more and same Danilo Petrucci, 12th, crashed during his fast lap.