Marc Marquez clinches breath-taking pole at the Red Bull Ring circuit, extending his record to 70 in career

Courtesy of Repsol Honda Team

  Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich

MotoGP 2017   Round 11

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez scored his fifth pole position of the year (and third successive), extending his record of most pole positions in Grand Prix history across all classes to an amazing tally of 70, at only 24 years of age.

Marc has been happy with his RC213V’s behaviour since Friday morning and improved his feeling with the bike over the weekend by continuing the good work with his crew and engineers. Today he set the fastest times in FP3, FP4, and QP2, showing a good race pace and dazzling speed.

Dani Pedrosa’s day was partly spoiled by a disappointing 15th place in FP3, which did not reflect the competitive pace he had been able to show over the session and also in FP4 (where he was third). He was obliged to participate in QP1, advancing to QP2 and qualifying eighth despite having to run that session on used tyres.

Tomorrow’s race will start at 2:00 p.m. local time.

Marc Marquez

Pole Position  1’23.235

“I’m very, very happy with his pole because here it’s very important for the first corner, and because so far we’ve done much better than last year. We’ve really taken a good step forward with the bike; we already had a good engine, but we were struggling with some wheelying. We worked a lot on this aspect and now I feel much more comfortable with my bike. We also prepared very well for this race. During the Monday post-race test in Brno, we tried many different configurations focused on this track, and that allowed us to start with a good base even on Friday morning. So at the moment it looks like our pace is very good, but as always, it’s the race that counts. We’ll try to give everything again, but it will be very important to choose the right rear tyre. Today we worked with the soft and hard rears, so we’ll probably try the medium in tomorrow’s warm-up and then make our choice.”

Dani Pedrosa

8th  1’23.985

“The key today for us was FP3 and the fact that for some reasons we weren’t able to set a good lap time when we fit a soft rear tyre in the final minutes of the session. I suffered a lot of spinning and wasn’t able to be fast enough. FP4 went better; we had a good pace, and also in Q1 I was able to do a fast lap time, but on a medium rear. I made it to Q2, but at that point I didn’t have enough new tyres left to make both runs on a new set of tyres. I ran on a bit of a mix and although we were able to recover some places, it wasn’t enough to get a good grid position. Getting off well at the start will be important in order to make it through the first three corners in a good position. We don’t know yet which rear tyre we’ll use in the race. We have to wait to see what weather and temperatures we’ll have. For now, the tyre choice is still open.”

Qualifying Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’23.235
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’23.379
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team 1’23.621
4 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’23.754
5 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Octo Pramac Racing 1’23.780
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’23.879
7 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’23.982
8 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’23.985
9 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1’24.024
10 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’24.185
11 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1’24.220
12 Baz Loris 76 FRA Reale Avintia Racing 1’24.483
13 Folger Jonas 94 GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’24.015 Q1
14 Barbera Hector 8 SPA Reale Avintia Racing 1’24.036 Q1
15 Redding Scott 45 GBR Octo Pramac Racing 1’24.037 Q1
16 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’24.101 Q1
17 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team 1’24.202 Q1
18 Kallio Mika 36 FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’24.261 Q1
19 Miller Jack 43 AUS Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’24.321 Q1
20 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’24.447 Q1
21 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’24.448 Q1
22 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’24.530 Q1
23 Lowes Sam 22 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’24.852 Q1
24 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’24.900 Q1

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