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  • 2017-08-13
  • SPORTS
  • MotoGP Austria: Marc Marquez Takes His Third Consecutive Pole Position at Red Bull Ring
  • The Round 11 on MotoGP 2017, Austria Motorrad Grand Prix Qualifying ran at Red Bull Ring on August 12.
    Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) claimed his third consecutive MotoGP pole position of 2017 with 1'23.235s, leading the two factory Ducatis of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team).
    The pole is Marquez's fifth of the 2017 season. For Jorge Lorenzo, this result marks his second front row start for Ducati.
    Maverick Vinales (Movistar Yamaha) was the 3rd position with 1'23.754s, Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) were behind Vinales, three riders will start from the 2nd row tomorrow.

    Marc Marquez (P1):
    “I’m feeling much better than last year at this circuit, so this is the most important thing. Last year we were struggling to be in the top five but this year it looks like we have a good rhythm; we tried many things and it looks like we have a good base. I have some doubts about the rear tyre because today I tried the medium and it seems like it has good potential - but with used tyres I feel good, I was riding well and that’s the most important. And to be on pole, after the race in Brno, gives me a good feeling and a good mentality. But I know tomorrow we need to finish our job this weekend. During the Brno test, more than improve at that track, we tried to find different setups that would work here and the team did a really good job, since FP1 when I went out and the bike was so much better than last year - completely different balance and I’m losing at some points but I’m gaining at a lot of points, which is more important. We are not losing in acceleration compared to our competitors. It looks like both Ducati riders have a good rhythm. Especially Dovi, and I think the Yamaha riders will be there. But tomorrow it looks like it will be warmer and choosing the right rear tyre will be important.”

    Andrea Dovizioso (P2):
    “Sometimes a different strategy to everyone else can work and I’m happy with the decision, it was hard to decide and no one else went with the harder spec but the conditions were strange today. I’m really happy with the feeling I had in qualifying because it confirmed our speed we’ll have in the race. This morning and afternoon it wasn’t as good as we expected but the tyre worked different to yesterday with a different temperature. And today we used a different strategy in practice, I used the soft tyre and we struggled – we were fast but not how we expected, so in qualifying we confirmed we had good speed and I think that’s the speed for tomorrow. But it will be very important to make the right decision on the rear tyre because it has a big effect, but it will be very difficult because 5 or 6 degrees difference can make a big difference. Tomorrow it looks like it will be hotter but we have to decide now – because in Warm Up it will be cooler! On this track the fairing works very well. I think we can confirm to the engineers that it works very well for the target we wanted to achieve – but unfortunately I’ve not followed a really fast rider all weekend and don’t know the acceleration or braking compared – so we’ll see in the race!”

    Jorge Lorenzo (P3):
    “I believe good things come for a reason, when you’re working well and feeling better, sooner or later you are fast. That what we confirmed in Brno and especially in the test we made a clear step forward. Here it hasn’t been easy because on Friday morning we were far away, but little by little we improved the bike and I’ve improved my riding. And although we didn’t do a perfect lap, I did a quick three laps in a row, which is important for tomorrow. My consistency and riding are always precise on this track, I don’t drop the pace much and this is important for tomorrow. We have to reconfirm our expectations on Sunday but I can say we’re going the right way. The new fairing affects me more than others because of my riding style, but it’s not only that – we’re working on other areas that give me more feeling, too. And I’m gaining more knowledge riding the bike, especially on old tyres, and little by little getting more consistent.”

    NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich Qualifying Results
    1. Marc Marquez / Repsol Honda / 1'23.235s
    2. Andrea Dovizioso / Ducati Team / 1'23.379s
    3. Jorge Lorenzo / Ducati Team / 1'23.621s
    4. Maverick Vinales / Movistar Yamaha / 1'23.754s
    5. Danilo Petrucci / Octo Pramac / 1'23.780s
    6. Johann Zarco / Monster Yamaha Tech3 / 1'23.879s
    7. Valentino Rossi / Movistar Yamaha / 1'23.982s
    8. Dani Pedrosa / Repsol Honda / 1'23.985s
    9. Cal Crutchlow / LCR Honda / 1'24.024s
    10. Andrea Iannone / Suzuki Ecstar / 1'24.185s
    11. Karel Abraham / Pull&Bear Aspar / 1'24.220s
    12. Loris Baz / Reale Avintia / 1'24.483s
    13. Jonas Folger / Monster Yamaha / 1'24.015s
    14. Hector Barbera / Reale Avintia / 1'24.036s
    15. Scott Redding / Octo Pramac / 1'24.037s
    16. Pol Espargaro / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1'24.101s
    17. Alvaro Bautista / Pull&Bear Aspar / 1'24.202s
    18. Mika Kallio / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1'24.261s
    19. Jack Miller / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 1'24.321s
    20. Aleix Espargaro / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1'24.447s
    21. Alex Rins / Suzuki Ecstar / 1'24.448s
    22. Bradley Smith / Red Bull KTM Factory / 1'24.530s
    23. Sam Lowes / Factory Aprilia Gresini / 1'24.852s
    24. Tito Rabat / EG 0,0 Marc VDS / 1'24.900s

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  • source : MotoGP
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