Marc Marquez grabs a brilliant pole at the Red Bull Ring, Pedrosa on third row

Courtesy of Repsol Honda Team

  Grand Prix von Österreich

MotoGP 2018   Round 11

First in this morning’s damp FP3 session, first in this afternoon’s dry FP4 session, Marc Marquez concluded an extremely positive Saturday at the Red Bull Ring by taking his 49th MotoGP pole, the 77th of his career.

It was not an easy affair for Marc. He had to fight tooth and nail to beat runner-up Andrea Dovizioso and third-fastest Jorge Lorenzo for the top spot on the grid, and he ultimately succeeded by the blink of an eye, just 0.002”. It was amazing display of riding and determination from the Championship leader as he prepared for tomorrow’s Austrian Grand Prix.

It will be a third-row start for teammate Dani Pedrosa, who suffered with the post-rain lack of grip, but the Spaniard looks forward to an improvement in track conditions with the fairer weather expected tomorrow and will endeavour to recover a good pace in the race.


Marc Marquez

Pole  1’23.241

“We’re on pole but it was all so very tight today. The plan was to make three runs, but I was comfortable during my second exit and decided not to stop. My last lap wasn’t perfect as I made a little mistake in the last corner and had to close the gas a little bit, but we got it anyway. I’ve felt good on the bike for the entire weekend, and today I was able to be fast during every practice, especially FP4, and that’s the most important thing. Anyway, we must keep pushing, keep working, and remain totally concentrated because Dovizioso and Lorenzo have a very good pace, consistent and fast. It looks like tomorrow will be dry and the warm-up will be crucial for choosing the best tyre for the race; I’ve tested the soft and the medium, but it will be important to also understand the level of the hard spec. Of course I would like to win here and tomorrow I’ll start with that objective, but if it’s not possible, I’ll take points for the championship.”

Dani Pedrosa

9th  1’24.124

“After yesterday and today’s rain, the track didn’t have much grip, and I didn’t have a good feeling with the rear. Basically, that was the issue today, and it’s why our performance wasn’t what we were looking for. I hope the track conditions will improve tomorrow and that I’ll be able to start well and be fast from the beginning.”

Qualifying Results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 Marquez Marc 93 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’23.241
2 Dovizioso Andrea 4 ITA Ducati Team 1’23.243 / 0.002
3 Lorenzo Jorge 99 SPA Ducati Team 1’23.376 / 0.135
4 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA Alma Pramac Racing 1’23.503 / 0.262
5 Crutchlow Cal 35 GBR LCR Honda 1’23.812 / 0.571
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’23.887 / 0.646
7 Rabat Tito 53 SPA Reale Avintia Racing 1’23.922 / 0.681
8 Iannone Andrea 29 ITA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’24.091 / 0.850
9 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA Repsol Honda Team 1’24.124 / 0.883
10 Rins Alex 42 SPA Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’24.227 / 0.986
11 Vinales Maverick 25 SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’24.284 / 1.043
12 Bautista Alvaro 19 SPA Angel Nieto Team 1’24.342 / 1.101
13 Smith Bradley 38 GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 1’24.245 Q2
14 Rossi Valentino 46 ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 1’24.309 / 0.114
15 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’24.762 / 0.567
16 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’24.767 / 0.572
17 Miller Jack 43 AUS Alma Pramac Racing 1’24.805 / 0.610
18 Syahrin Hafizh 55 MAL Monster Yamaha Tech 3 1’24.834 / 0.639
19 Simeon Xavier 10 BEL Reale Avintia Racing 1’24.868 / 0.673
20 Redding Scott 45 GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 1’25.067 / 0.872
21 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN LCR Honda 1’25.178 / 0.983
22 Luthi Tom 12 SWI EG 0,0 Marc VDS 1’25.310 / 1.115
23 Abraham Karel 17 CZE Angel Nieto Team 1’25.339 / 1.144



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