Yesterday’s qualifying session has set the stage for this afternoon’s race perfectly, with Marquez qualifying just 0.002s in front of Dovizioso, it promises a thrilling race. This is the closest MotoGP qualification, since Jeremy McWilliams qualified 0.002s behind Max Biaggi at the German Grand Prix in 2003. Jorge Lorenzo starts from 3rd with Petrucci hot on his heels in 4th place, this is the first time in MotoGP history that there have been 3 Ducati riders in the top 4 on grid.
Zarco has qualified in 6th position, as top Yamaha. It is undisputed that this weekend Yamaha have been having major struggles, the Iwata factory apologised to Rossi and Viñales for the poor results in the Austria and are working hard to improve the M1 as soon as possible. Yamaha have not won a race since Assen 2017, 20 races ago, the last time Yamaha has a winless streak of this length was pre-2000, the 15 races of the 1997 championship and the 7 opening rounds of 1998. Viñales starts from 11th on the grid, whilst Rossi, who missed Q2, qualified in 14th position.
Rabat heads the 3rd row in 7th position, and is the 4th fastest Ducati on grid, this is his best qualifying since Argentina this year (4th). 2016 race winner, Iannone has qualified on the 3rd row in 8th position. Whilst Pedrosa starts from 9th on the grid, his best qualifying since Jerez this year.
Dovizioso topped the session with a time of 1:24:138. Marquez closely followed in 2nd, with a time of 1:24:239, Lorenzo rounded out the top 3 with a time of 1:24:564.
Top Yamaha was Viñales in 10th, setting a time of 1:24:964. Rossi set a time of 1:24:971, placing him 11th. Zarco placed 14th with a time of 1:25:181. Contender for Rookie of the Year, Syahrin placed 18th, with a time of 1:25:322.
Top Suzuki was Iannone in 4th with a time of 1:24:633. Rins set a time of 1:24:856 placing him 8th.
Top Honda was Marquez in 2nd, with a time of 1:24:239, a small spill at turn 3 could not slow the Spaniard. Crutchlow set a time of 1:24:636, placing him 5th. Pedrosa set a time of 1:24:898, placing him 9th.
KTM’s sole representative for their home round is Bradley Smith, he finished Warm Up Practice in 6th with a time of 1:24:785.
Top Ducati was Dovizioso who topped the session. Lorenzo placed 3rd with a time 1:24:564. Petrucci managed to set a time of 1:24:992 which placed him 12th. Miller placed 13th with a time of 1:25:147. Bautista, who has impressed in recent races, finished this morning’s warm up in 15th setting a time of 1:25:193. Rabat set a time of 1:25:221, placing him 16th.
Top Aprilia was A. Espargaro setting a time of 1:24:828, he placed 7th. Redding set a time of 1:25:444, placing him 19th.
Top Rookie was Takaaki Nakagami in 17th position with a time of 1:25:310.
The weather for the Austrian Grand Prix looks to remain sunny, with little/no cloud cover throughout the day and highs of 25ºC.