Marc Marquez Tops Ducatis in Austrian GP Qualifying

The defending MotoGP champion heads the grid with Ducati Team’s Dovizioso and Lorenzo completing the front row.

Spielberg Austria GP
Marc Marquez, Repsol HondaRepsol Honda

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) raced to his fifth pole position of the year at the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, carrying forward his earlier pace on Saturday to stake a claim on victory at the Red Bull Ring. As predicted, the Ducati Team was in close company with Andrea Dovizioso taking second on his final lap with teammate Jorge Lorenzo completing the front row as Spielberg once again proved a happy hunting ground for the Borgo Panigale factory.

The weather held out during Saturday qualifying and conditions were good for heading round the track with the highest average speed of the year and some of the most beautiful scenery—meaning there was plenty of track time to make use of throughout the day as the grid prepares for 28 laps on Sunday.

Andrea Dovizioso, Ducati TeamDucati Team

Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Results 1. Marc MARQUEZ (93), Repsol Honda Team HONDA 2. Andrea DOVIZIOSO (4) Ducati Team DUCATI 3. Jorge LORENZO (99) Ducati Team DUCATI 4. Maverick VIÑALES (25) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 5. Danilo PETRUCCI (9) OCTO Pramac Racing DUCATI 6. Johann ZARCO (5) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 7. Valentino ROSSI (46) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP YAMAHA 8. Dani PEDROSA (26) Repsol Honda Team HONDA 9. Cal CRUTCHLOW (35) LCR Honda HONDA 10. Andrea IANNONE (29) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI 11. Karel ABRAHAM (17) Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 12. Loris BAZ (76) Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 13. Jonas FOLGER (94) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YAMAHA 14. Hector BARBERA (8) Reale Avintia Racing DUCATI 15. Scott REDDING (45) Octo Pramac Racing DUCATI 16. Pol ESPARGARO (44) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 17. Alvaro BAUTISTA (19) Pull&Bear Aspar Team DUCATI 18. Mika KALLIO (36) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 19. Jack MILLER (43) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA 20. Aleix ESPARGARO (41) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 21. Alex RINS (42) Team Suzuki Ecstar SUZUKI 22. Bradley SMITH (38) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 23. Sam LOWES (22) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini APRILIA 24. Tito RABAT (53) Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS HONDA

Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati TeamDucati Team

Starting on the second row is Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), as he hopes to take an important podium finish for the Championship fight. The rider from Roses lines up ahead of a late charge from Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) to take fifth after the Italian moved through from Q1, with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) completing the second row as the French rookie looks to get back in the fight at the front.

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Valentino Rossi, Movistar YamahaYamaha Racing
Maverick Vinales, Yamaha
Maverick Vinales, Movistar YamahaYamaha Racing

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) moved back up the order after a tough Friday to take seventh, just 0.003 ahead of Q1 graduate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) on a high-profile Row 3. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), after having a fast lap disallowed for exceeding track limits, completes that third row.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Andrea Iannone, winner of his first ever premier class race at the Red Bull Ring last season, is P10 on the grid after finding some pace on Saturday morning and bouncing back from a mechanical problem – with Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) completing the top twelve after Q2.

Danilo Petrucci, OCTO Pramac RacingPramac Racing
Johann Zarco, Monster Yamaha Tech 3Yamaha Tech 3

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) is thirteenth on the grid after just missing out on graduation to Q2, ahead of Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) and Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), who locks out the fastest fifteen.

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was impressive once again for KTM, taking P16 at their first ever home race and only a few tenths off moving through to Q2 as the Bulls continue their charge.

Austrian Grand Prix grid
Row 1 start for Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo at the Red Bull Ring.Ducati Team
Lorenzo and Dovi
Ducati speed favored on Sunday at Red Bull Ring? Read what the riders had to say HERE at the pre-race interviews.Ducati Team