Marc Marquez has taken pole position at the Red Bull Ring as the Spaniard held off the Ducati’s who join him on the front row.
Marc Marquez has taken his 49th pole position in the premier class after beating Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso by just 0.002s of a second.
Marquez stamped his authority early on setting the top time leaving Ducati’s to chase the Repsol Honda down, both got close but on his second run, Marquez upped the pace even more.
Andrea Dovizioso, who struggled in FP4 with low grip, decided to run the medium rear tyre on his 2nd run putting him into second, and just 0.002s behind the championship leader.
Jorge Lorenzo bagged himself a front row start after setting the third fastest time despite being on a pole worthy lap before making a mistake in sector 2.
The second row is headed by the 3rd GP18 of Danilo Petrucci who once again has shown that he and his Desmosedici has the pace around the Austrian circuit. The Italian is joined on the 2nd row by LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow and Tech 3’s Johann Zarco.
Tito Rabat once again impresses as he puts his number 53 Avintia Ducati in 7th place ahead of 2016 winner Andrea Iannone on the Suzuki. Dani Pedrosa looks to have a slight return to form in Speilberg as he set the 9th fastest time to round off the third row.
Alex Rins will line up in 10th place ahead of the sole Movistar Yamaha in Q2, Maverick Vinales, whose frustrations with the team continue 29 races into his Yamaha career.
Despite topping Q1, Alvaro Bautista could only manage 12th place, 1.1s off Marquez’s top time.
At their home circuit, Bradley Smith put the KTM in 13th place on the grid alongside Valentino Rossi who’s weekend has gone bad to worse after the Italian could not get inside the top 10 Saturday morning, and then failed to make it out of Q1.
The 14th place is Rossi’s worse qualifying position since he started 15th at the 2016 Australian Grand Prix, and then also 13th at the 2017 Catalan Grand Prix.
Rossi is joined by Aleix Espargaro on the Aprilia who was 0.4s behind ‘The Doctor’.
Franco Morbidelli lines up in 16th place ahead of a disappointing Jack Miller who could only manage 17th position despite being on a race winning bike around the Austrian circuit.
Hafizh Syahrin will start from 19th ahead of Xavier Simeon who will line up in 20th getting the better of Redding, Nakagami, Luthi, and Karel Abraham who completes the grid.
Ducati has won every race held at the Austrian circuit in recent years, but from pole position, Marc Marquez will be looking to hold off the Italain manufactures to clinch his first win in Austria.
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