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2018 Austria MotoGP Race Result: Just Because It’s Predictable, Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Fabulous Fun

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The splendid Ducati Ring set the scene just right with a pleasant 27 degrees, a bit of a breeze and a few photogenic clouds. And the photographers had plenty to capture, as the masterful trio of Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso danced around the track in various configurations but close together, as predicted. In the end, Ducati kept their flag at the top of the castle courtesy of Lorenzo, who just about kept a rampaging Marquez behind to take his third win of the season. Dovizioso was in the mix for most of the race but ultimately could not keep up with the Spaniards and settled for a safe podium.

Dovizioso had made an excellent start to jump ahead of the poleman but before he could make a run for it, Marquez snuck back inside and the Italian just about avoided an early incident. This allowed Lorenzo to move ahead, while Dovizioso dropped back and had to fight off Alex Rins and Cal Crutchlow before he could catch up with his favourite duo up front.

Marquez made the first of many block passes on Lorenzo in turn three of lap two to take the lead ahead of the Ducatis, with Crutchlow, Rins and Danilo Petrucci close behind and the rest of the pack not too far either. Despite a disastrous qualifying, Valentino Rossi was up in 11th position by lap two, while Maverick Viñales was losing ground at the start in familiar fashion, dropping to 16th. Dani Pedrosa also dropped some positions at the start following a tangle in turn one and was working to get his hard rear tyre up to speed from 13th spot.

Back at the front, Marquez was the fastest man on track – faster than predicted race pace – and was attempting an escape with the presumed advantage of hard rear rubber. By lap six, the Spaniard had half a second in hand and challenged the Ducatis to come in hard pursuit, while the trio already dropped the rest of the field, led by Crutchlow, over two seconds back. The LCR rider had Petrucci and Rins for company, with Tito Rabat heading a group with Aleix Espargaro, Rossi, Zarco, Andrea Iannone, Pedrosa and Jack Miller another second down the road.

By the end of lap eight, Marquez’s advantage was nudging the one second barrier and while Dovizioso was showing similar pace to the leader, he was having trouble getting past his teammate. Meanwhile, the action was hotting up mid-pack, with Rossi and Pedrosa entertaining some moves in the sizeable battle for eighth position.

The lead trio continued to post nearly identical times at the front but had slowed down the pace to more reasonable mid 1:24s. Marquez’s gap ticked over the one second gap for the first time on lap 12, while Lorenzo was taking the defensive line over Dovizioso, the two Ducatis glued to each other. Nonetheless, two laps later, they were starting to reel in Marquez, bringing down the gap to half a second. Not much was going on behind, with the rest of the pack separated by half-second to one second gaps throughout.

The pace settled halfway through the race but Marquez was yoyo-ing back and forth towards the pursuers, dangling like tempting prey half a second ahead of the red sharks. Lorenzo finally got within striking distance with 11 laps left and there was nothing to pick between the three despite different tyre choices – Marquez on the hard rear, Lorenzo on both softs and Dovizioso on mediums. Lorenzo made a move for the lead one lap later courtesy of the Ducati’s straight line speed and a very eager Dovizioso got a bit too close for comfort, running wide and losing a couple of tenths on the Spaniards. Marquez fought back when he saw a tight gap but Lorenzo retaliated in turn nine later that lap. The Honda man took a breath and bided his time behind Lorenzo while Dovizioso was regrouping, seven tenths down. Crutchlow was six seconds back, with gaps over 1.5 seconds between Petrucci, Rins, Rossi and Pedrosa behind him. Viñales had found some speed but the sizeable gaps meant he advanced slowly to 12th position.

With seven laps left, Dovizioso looked to be the first to show his hand when the Italian could no longer keep up with his two rivals, dropping one second back, into the 1:25s. The three-way became a duel between the two future teammates and Marquez had his sights firmly set on his compatriot’s exhaust. The reigning world champion saw blood red and attacked with three laps to go but Lorenzo resumed the lead on the next straight stretch of tarmac. Despite some rodeo moves in the heat of battle, Marquez retaliated in turn 13 but Lorenzo was back in front as they started the final lap and despite another valiant attempt in turn three, the Honda could not cope with the grunt of the Ducati and the Austrian circuit stayed their playground.

Dovizioso finished a lonely third, seven seconds ahead of Crutchlow. Petrucci grabbed another lonely fifth position ahead of Rossi, who made a decent recovery job having started 14th. Pedrosa got close to the Italian but settled for seventh, while Rins lost steam in the final few laps and dropped to eighth place. Zarco and Alvaro Bautista completed the top ten, with Viñales finishing in an anonymous 12th, behind Tito Rabat.

Despite the last lap loss, Marquez had plenty of reasons to smile as he extended his championship lead significantly, now 59 points ahead of Rossi. Lorenzo’s victory helped him into third in the ranking, although still 71 points behind the leader and one point ahead of his teammate.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 39'40.688
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda +0.130
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati +1.656
4 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda +9.434
5 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati +13.169
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha +14.026
7 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda +14.156
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki +16.644
9 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha +20.760
10 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati +20.844
11 53 Tito RABAT Ducati +21.114
12 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha +22.939
13 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki +26.523
14 38 Bradley SMITH KTM +29.168
15 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda +30.072
16 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha +30.343
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia +31.775
18 43 Jack MILLER Ducati +34.375
19 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda +40.171
20 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia +53.020
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati +53.261
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda +54.355
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  10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 18 Laps
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11
2018
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2018 Austria Moto2 Race Result: Battle Of The Titans

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It took over half a season to finally get a proper battle between the two title challengers of the intermediate class and it was worth the wait. Bagnaia vs Oliveira was the story of the day at the picturesque Red Bull Ring, the Italian claiming bragging rights in the final corner, stealing the win from his Portuguese rival. Oliveira had led for almost the entire race and will have been disappointed to relinquish the win and the championship lead to Bagnaia so late in proceedings. Five seconds behind that battle, Luca Marini was best of the rest as he continued to go from strength to strength and claim the final podium position.

Bagnaia had started from pole position but a poor launch allowed Oliveira past and the SKY rider then tangled with Fabio Quartararo. The Frenchman came off the worse as he went off the circuit and dropped outside the top 20. Meanwhile, Jorge Navarro demoted Bagnaia another place and set off for Oliveira but the leader already had half a second in hand by the end of lap one. The few incidents at the start caused one second’s gap to appear between the three leaders and the rest of the pack, led by Alex Marquez, who had a push of his own with Marcel Schrotter. The Spaniard quickly separated from the chasing group but had a bit of work to do to bridge the gap to Bagnaia.

By lap five, Oliveira’s advantage stretched to one second and Bagnaia picked up the task of cutting that gap once he made it past Navarro. Marquez was faster than the leaders at this point so he managed to tag along to the lead three and lined up Navarro. Mattia Pasini was another seven tenths of a second back, stuck in no man’s land, one second ahead of the youngsters’ battle between Marini, Brad Binder and Joan Mir. The Spaniard had a dismal qualifying but got up to speed real fast to join the top eight. Both Schrotter and Iker Lecuona showed good speed throughout the weekend and were completing the top ten but with a bit of a gap to the men ahead. Meanwhile, Quartararo was up to 11th by lap ten.

Marquez finally made a move on Navarro to claim third on lap ten and Pasini also followed him through, but the Marc VDS rider was already two and a half seconds down on Oliveira and Bagnaia. And bringing down that gap looked difficult with Pasini, Navarro, Marini and Binder waiting to pounce right behind him. Teammate Mir was no longer an issue as he had dropped a second on the group.

Back at the front, Bagnaia looked like he was biding his time behind Oliveira, while Pasini took his turn on provisional podium ahead of Marquez. Marini was also in that battle but was hit with a penalty for repeatedly exceeding track limits and had to drop one place. That did not lose him too much time and the Italian soon made it back past Marquez and Pasini to claim a provisional podium with seven laps to go, four seconds behind the victory battle.

Oliveira finally saw a rear tyre ahead of him with five laps remaining, when Bagnaia showed intentions but could not make it stick. The Italian had to put something together on the final lap and he held his nerve to make it happen in the final turn after a bit of pain swapping with his rival. Marquez and Marini were embroiled in a battle of their own for the final podium spot but that ended in the runoff of the final corner when Marquez attacked overenthusiastically and slid out of contention. Pasini settled for fourth, with a best result of the season for Navarro in fifth. Positions five to ten went to Binder, Schrotter, Mir, Quartararo and Lecuona.

Bagnaia’s impressive win puts him back ahead in the title battle, leading Oliveira by three points. Marquez loses further ground, 76 points down but keeps third position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 37'45.914
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM +0.264
3 10 Luca MARINI Kalex +5.953
4 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex +6.114
5 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex +8.554
6 41 Brad BINDER KTM +8.944
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex +9.126
8 36 Joan MIR Kalex +12.404
9 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up +16.250
10 27 Iker LECUONA KTM +16.718
11 13 Romano FENATI Kalex +16.829
12 52 Danny KENT Speed Up +17.716
13 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex +23.200
14 62 Stefano MANZI Suter +27.944
15 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex +27.994
16 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex +28.493
17 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM +29.043
18 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS +38.176
19 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS +40.544
20 95 Jules DANILO Kalex +41.655
21 66 Niki TUULI Kalex +41.727
22 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 +42.766
23 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter +43.811
24 55 Alejandro MEDINA Kalex +45.372
25 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex +51.185
26 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex +1'13.901
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  73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1 Lap
  22 Sam LOWES KTM 8 Laps
  21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 8 Laps
  24 Simone CORSI Kalex 22 Laps
  87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 22 Laps
  40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 22 Laps
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2018 Austria Moto3 Race Result: Speed Vs Resilience

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The Red Bull Ring was looking glorious once again, as the sun returned to shine on the day’s racing. Things calmed down somewhat on track as well, the first race of the day not the usual chaos in the lightweight class. It was an excellent morning for KTM though, Marco Bezzecchi taking a commanding victory to extend his championship lead. Enea Bastianini is pilling on the recovery rides after another race in which he caused trouble for himself by losing ground at the start from an already underwhelming grid position only to blast his way through the field and claim second. Jorge Martin’s front row start was already an impressive achievement but the Spaniard’s race was more than damage limitation – it was a courageous ride in which he challenged his main rival until the very last lap and ultimately snuck onto the podium.

The two main title rivals maintained position at the start, poleman Bezzecchi ahead of hero Martin, but by lap two only Gabriel Rodrigo and Albert Arenas had managed to keep in touch with the leaders, Tony Arbolino and Aron Canet leading the massive group eight tenths of a second down the road. Bezzecchi’s KTM rocket launched on the straights and made him a very difficult rabbit to chase. His runaway strategy was helped by Martin, Rodrigo and Arenas engaging in battle right behind him in the first few laps. This also helped the chasers, with Jaume Masia soon on their tails and attacking for the podium. Lorenzo Dalla Porta and Arbolino also merged with the leaders, while Canet had another eight tenths to find in order to join them. Another half a second back, an elite group with Di Giannantonio, Jakub Kornfeil, Bastianini and Marcos Ramirez was still entertaining thoughts of a podium.

By lap eight, Bezzecchi was still unchallenged but his gap rarely got over half a second and Martin’s injured wrist did not look to impede him too much yet. Arenas and Masia were trailing them closely but both Dalla Porta and Rodrigo had trouble keeping within the limits of the track and got separated from the four leaders, dropping back into the clutches of Di Giannantonio, Arbolino and Bastianini. A pretty anonymous Canet was tenth, another second back on the riders ahead and not making much noise.

Bezzecchi continued to lead into the halfway point of proceedings, while Martin was presumably getting distracted from the pain by Masia’s incessant attacks, with Arenas struggling to keep within track limits behind them. Nearly three seconds behind the podium battle, Bastianini had taken initiative in the chasing group made up of Di Giannantonio, Dalla Porta, Arbolino, Rodrigo and Canet, the Spaniard finally catching up with them but not making any moves.

With ten laps left, Masia picked up the task of pulling Bezzecchi back and did a fantastic job to keep him within two tenths of a second most times but Martin wanted to have a go himself and the battle for second once again allowed Bezzecchi some breathing space. Three laps later, the Italian’s gap went over half a second, leaving Martin, Masia and Arenas to settle the remaining podium positions. Bastianini finally reduced the gap to under two seconds, bringing teammate Dalla Porta with him, but the Leopard duo did not yet look like a threat to the men ahead. They did pull ahead of Arbolino, Rodrigo and Di Giannantonio by almost two seconds, with Canet dropping back drastically, down to 12th with four laps left.

The leader’s gap was once again swallowed by Martin & co and the Italian finally saw a bike ahead of him with three laps remaining, when a valiant Martin attempted a couple of attacks but the grunt of the KTM slid past the Honda every time. To add some more spice to proceedings, Bastianini had been posting fastest laps and catching up with the leaders at an alarming rate. The Italian attacked Arenas at the start of the final lap, Martin half a lap later and Masia in the final few turns. Martin saw an opportunity to sneak past as well and the move sent Masia in a rodeo that he just about saved to finish sixth, falling behind Arenas and Dalla Porta.

Having started dead last following his qualifying misfortunes, John McPhee had made his way into the lead of the second group by the start of the last lap but the tight fight saw him lose out by the time they arrived to the finish line and the CIP rider dropped back to 12th. Ayumu Sasaki was best of the pack in seventh position, ahead of Rodrigo, Arbolino and with Canet completing the top ten, Di Giannantonio missing out by only one hundredth of a second.

Bezzecchi’s victory extends his lead in the championship to 12 points, Martin's stellar ride ensuring a limited points loss. Teammate Di Giannantonio kept third, 37 points down on the leader and there points ahead of Canet.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Gap
1 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 37'13.198
2 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda +0.473
3 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda +0.544
4 75 Albert ARENAS KTM +1.373
5 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda +1.421
6 5 Jaume MASIA KTM +1.519
7 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda +8.585
8 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM +8.658
9 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda +8.691
10 44 Aron CANET Honda +8.809
11 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda +8.824
12 17 John MCPHEE KTM +8.944
13 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM +9.671
14 65 Philipp OETTL KTM +14.685
15 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM +14.697
16 27 Kaito TOBA Honda +19.377
17 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda +19.419
18 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda +19.504
19 40 Darryn BINDER KTM +19.550
20 32 Ai OGURA Honda +19.602
21 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM +19.706
22 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda +19.981
23 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM +23.419
24 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda +24.056
25 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM +27.634
26 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM +27.747
27 81 Stefano NEPA KTM +35.938
28 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda +46.868
29 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM +47.289
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  16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 12 Laps
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11
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2018 Austria MotoGP Warm Up Result: Dovizioso Pips Marquez

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'24.138    
2 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'24.239 0.101 0.101
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'24.564 0.426 0.325
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'24.633 0.495 0.069
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'24.636 0.498 0.003
6 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'24.785 0.647 0.149
7 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'24.828 0.690 0.043
8 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'24.856 0.718 0.028
9 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'24.898 0.760 0.042
10 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'24.964 0.826 0.066
11 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'24.971 0.833 0.007
12 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'24.992 0.854 0.021
13 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'25.147 1.009 0.155
14 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'25.181 1.043 0.034
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'25.193 1.055 0.012
16 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'25.221 1.083 0.028
17 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'25.310 1.172 0.089
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'25.322 1.184 0.012
19 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'25.444 1.306 0.122
20 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'25.536 1.398 0.092
21 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'25.587 1.449 0.051
22 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'25.614 1.476 0.027
23 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'26.439 2.301 0.825
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11
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2018 Austria Moto2 Warm Up Result: Schrotter Finds Some Speed

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'30.242    
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'30.254 0.012 0.012
3 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'30.478 0.236 0.224
4 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'30.502 0.260 0.024
5 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'30.520 0.278 0.018
6 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'30.547 0.305 0.027
7 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'30.598 0.356 0.051
8 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'30.606 0.364 0.008
9 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'30.654 0.412 0.048
10 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'30.687 0.445 0.033
11 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'30.689 0.447 0.002
12 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'30.726 0.484 0.037
13 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'30.762 0.520 0.036
14 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'30.771 0.529 0.009
15 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'30.816 0.574 0.045
16 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'30.842 0.600 0.026
17 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'30.865 0.623 0.023
18 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'31.054 0.812 0.189
19 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'31.078 0.836 0.024
20 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'31.257 1.015 0.179
21 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'31.267 1.025 0.010
22 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'31.271 1.029 0.004
23 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'31.352 1.110 0.081
24 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'31.390 1.148 0.038
25 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'31.526 1.284 0.136
26 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'31.641 1.399 0.115
27 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'31.696 1.454 0.055
28 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'31.840 1.598 0.144
29 55 Alejandro MEDINA Kalex 1'31.990 1.748 0.150
30 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'32.087 1.845 0.097
31 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'32.300 2.058 0.213
32 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'33.507 3.265 1.207
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2018 Austria Moto3 Warm Up Result: Bezzecchi Leads KTM Parade

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Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'36.445    
2 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'36.860 0.415 0.415
3 17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'36.908 0.463 0.048
4 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'36.959 0.514 0.051
5 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'36.983 0.538 0.024
6 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'37.016 0.571 0.033
7 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'37.046 0.601 0.030
8 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'37.056 0.611 0.010
9 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'37.158 0.713 0.102
10 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'37.212 0.767 0.054
11 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'37.217 0.772 0.005
12 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'37.280 0.835 0.063
13 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'37.410 0.965 0.130
14 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'37.424 0.979 0.014
15 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'37.482 1.037 0.058
16 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'37.494 1.049 0.012
17 32 Ai OGURA Honda 1'37.494 1.049  
18 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'37.598 1.153 0.104
19 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'37.621 1.176 0.023
20 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'37.682 1.237 0.061
21 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'37.716 1.271 0.034
22 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'37.763 1.318 0.047
23 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'37.764 1.319 0.001
24 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'37.776 1.331 0.012
25 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'37.831 1.386 0.055
26 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'38.042 1.597 0.211
27 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'38.098 1.653 0.056
28 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'38.137 1.692 0.039
29 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'38.164 1.719 0.027
30 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'38.644 2.199 0.480
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2018 Austria Moto2 Qualifying Result: A Battle To The End For Once

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Sliding on a scrumptious layer of Michelin rubber, the intermediate class riders lined up their best moves for the first ten minutes of the qualifying session. Pecco Bagnaia set the best time on his fifth lap, keeping his main rivals at arm’s length before they all turned to the usual setup work. Proceedings were not helped by a crash from Luca Marini with 20 minutes left on the clock, which prompted a red flag due to his bike coming to a halt in the middle of the track and shedding some bodywork.

After some quick work from the marshals, action resumed but no one had anything to threaten Bagnaia with, so the Italian will restart his championship bid from pole position – although he was late for celebrations due running out of fuel at the checkered flag. Miguel Oliveira seemed to have found the fix to his qualifying issues that plagued the first half of his season and jumped into second position, three tenths down on the poleman. Unusually for a Moto2 session, there was still speed to be found in the final couple of minutes, as Fabio Quartararo demonstrated to sneak onto the front row of the grid, having also improved his qualifying form of late. The Frenchman promptly kickstarted a plethora of people pulling off track with mechanicals or lack of fuel but his job was done, ensuring third on the grid.

Alex Marquez had a harmless crash of his own in the final 15 minutes and his comfortable front row quickly turned into fifth place as Jorge Navarro made a late attack to claim fourth. The two Spaniards will be joined by Mattia Pasini on row two. Marcel Schrotter mingled at the top end once again, this time in seventh position, ahead of Brad Binder, who gifted himself eighth place on his birthday. Lorenzo Baldassarri will close row three after an eventful session where he didn’t make it to the flag due to mysterious mechanical issues of his own.

There was not enough time to fix Marini’s bike after his crash but the Italian’s early benchmark was good enough to secure him a top ten, ahead of rain enthusiast Remy Gardner and Iker Lecuona, who also joined the crash list. Teammate Sam Lowes had a tough afternoon in which he qualified 16th, while Joan Mir managed to slide out in turn four during the red flag and could not do any better than 20th on the grid. Nonetheless, the unluckiest man of the afternoon was Xavi Vierge, who suffered a right wrist fracture in an incident barely five minutes into the session and was declared unfit for the rest of the weekend.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 42 Francesco BAGNAIA Kalex 1'29.409    
2 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'29.719 0.310 0.310
3 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Speed Up 1'29.930 0.521 0.211
4 9 Jorge NAVARRO Kalex 1'29.971 0.562 0.041
5 73 Alex MARQUEZ Kalex 1'30.058 0.649 0.087
6 54 Mattia PASINI Kalex 1'30.069 0.660 0.011
7 23 Marcel SCHROTTER Kalex 1'30.095 0.686 0.026
8 41 Brad BINDER KTM 1'30.125 0.716 0.030
9 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI Kalex 1'30.135 0.726 0.010
10 10 Luca MARINI Kalex 1'30.194 0.785 0.059
11 87 Remy GARDNER Tech 3 1'30.195 0.786 0.001
12 27 Iker LECUONA KTM 1'30.197 0.788 0.002
13 40 Augusto FERNANDEZ Kalex 1'30.215 0.806 0.018
14 5 Andrea LOCATELLI Kalex 1'30.270 0.861 0.055
15 13 Romano FENATI Kalex 1'30.286 0.877 0.016
16 22 Sam LOWES KTM 1'30.336 0.927 0.050
17 52 Danny KENT Speed Up 1'30.401 0.992 0.065
18 24 Simone CORSI Kalex 1'30.409 1.000 0.008
19 77 Dominique AEGERTER KTM 1'30.452 1.043 0.043
20 36 Joan MIR Kalex 1'30.486 1.077 0.034
21 45 Tetsuta NAGASHIMA Kalex 1'30.555 1.146 0.069
22 89 Khairul Idham PAWI Kalex 1'30.555 1.146  
23 62 Stefano MANZI Suter 1'30.654 1.245 0.099
24 16 Joe ROBERTS NTS 1'30.794 1.385 0.140
25 4 Steven ODENDAAL NTS 1'30.959 1.550 0.165
26 95 Jules DANILO Kalex 1'31.093 1.684 0.134
27 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER Tech 3 1'31.132 1.723 0.039
28 97 Xavi VIERGE Kalex 1'31.377 1.968 0.245
29 66 Niki TUULI Kalex 1'31.404 1.995 0.027
30 32 Isaac VIÑALES Suter 1'31.468 2.059 0.064
31 55 Alejandro MEDINA Kalex 1'31.790 2.381 0.322
32 18 Xavi CARDELUS Kalex 1'32.012 2.603 0.222
33 21 Federico FULIGNI Kalex 1'33.725 4.316 1.713
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2018 Austria MotoGP Qualifying Result: The Magnificent Three

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Having splashed about for much of their practice time, the premier class headed into the qualifying session with some question marks over their one lap performance in dry conditions. Marc Marquez got an answer straight out the gate, the Spaniard posting the best time of the weekend and immediately improving it to go half a second faster than his challengers.

Andrea Dovizioso hunted him down to the final three hundredths of a second but that minuscule gap was enough to keep the world champion ahead after the first run. While Dovizioso was retreating to the pits and Marquez was already swapping to new rubber, Jorge Lorenzo crashed the party to snatch provisional pole by less than a tenth of a second.

Before the Ducati man got too comfortable at the top of the world, Marquez was back out to reclaim his spotlight. And so he did, with a fair few scares in the process. Ultimately, it all came down to one final flying lap where the magnificent trio of Brno – Marquez, Lorenzo and Dovizioso – were duking it out for pole. Dovizioso’s best wasn’t enough by a painful two thousandths of a second and the reigning world champion got closer to a new BMW through career pole number 77. The same parc fermé configuration from last Sunday repeated itself in a different order, with Dovizioso second and Lorenzo third, another tenth down and with some question marks left over how much of that gap he could have recovered had he swapped to a new front tyre for his final run.

The rest of the grid barely had a say in the fight for pole, Danilo Petrucci adding another Ducati to row two, ahead of Cal Crutchlow’s Honda and Johann Zarco’s Yamaha. Tito Rabat heads third row of the grid in Ducati Land, nearly two tenths of a second faster than the Suzuki of Andrea Iannone and Honda veteran Dani Pedrosa.

Alex Rins was second best in Q1 and tenth best in Q2, showing the way on row four to Maverick Viñales and Q1 top man and blue hair aficionado Alvaro Bautista. Bradley Smith unluckily missed out on Q2 by one hundredth of a second but the pressure was all on Valentino Rossi in that session. The Italian had to rely on one last lap to gain entry in Q2 but Bautista, Rins and Smith were all faster so the Yamaha veteran will need another miracle start from 14th grid position.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'23.241    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'23.243 0.002 0.002
3 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'23.376 0.135 0.133
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'23.503 0.262 0.127
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'23.812 0.571 0.309
6 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'23.887 0.646 0.075
7 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'23.922 0.681 0.035
8 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'24.091 0.850 0.169
9 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'24.124 0.883 0.033
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'24.227 0.986 0.103
11 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'24.284 1.043 0.057
12 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'24.342 1.101 0.058
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Q2 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'24.195    
Q2 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'24.230 0.035 0.035
13 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'24.245 0.050 0.015
14 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'24.309 0.114 0.064
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'24.762 0.567 0.453
16 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'24.767 0.572 0.005
17 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'24.805 0.610 0.038
18 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'24.834 0.639 0.029
19 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'24.868 0.673 0.034
20 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'25.067 0.872 0.199
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'25.178 0.983 0.111
22 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'25.310 1.115 0.132
23 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'25.339 1.144 0.029
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2018 Austria MotoGP FP4 Result: Marquez One Step Ahead

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With the track still sporting some damp patches to begin with, the final practice session for the premier class was also their one opportunity for the day to find a race setup in the dry. Unlike FP3, Marc Marquez took no time to start putting in the laps on a soft rear tyre and riding around consistently in the 1:24s. The Spaniard took the lead and never let it go, with only Jorge Lorenzo getting in his comfort zone and the rest of the pack over seven tenths down halfway through FP4. Having comfortably set camp at the front, Marquez then went out on a hard front tyre more tolerant to his usual abuse but quickly returned to the more familiar medium.

Even Lorenzo trialled the hard front in the final five minutes and showed good pace in the few laps he posted on it. Previously, the Spaniard ran in the low 1:25s on used softs and dipped occasionally in the 1:24s to climb into second on the timesheets.

Teammate Andrea Dovizioso followed him closely, less than a tenth of a second back. The Italian looked a little happier than Marquez on the hard front and he used it to finally drop into the 1:24s. Andrea Iannone made a late jump into fourth position, half a second off the leader and closely followed by Cal Crutchlow. Both the Brit and Danilo Petrucci experimented on hards at both ends and finished in close proximity of each other, Crutchlow fifth and Petrucci sixth.

Alvaro Bautista added a fourth Ducati into the top seven, while Johann Zarco in eight was the lead Yamaha in the session. Dani Pedrosa finished seven tenths of a second down on his teammate in ninth, with Alex Rins completing the top ten.

The factory Yamahas continued to struggle, with Valentino Rossi 12th and teammate Maverick Viñales only digging his way out of 20th in the final couple of minutes of FP4, when he swapped to new mediums and snatched 13th.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'24.139    
2 99 Jorge LORENZO Ducati 1'24.357 0.218 0.218
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'24.446 0.307 0.089
4 29 Andrea IANNONE Suzuki 1'24.649 0.510 0.203
5 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'24.699 0.560 0.050
6 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'24.802 0.663 0.103
7 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Ducati 1'24.809 0.670 0.007
8 5 Johann ZARCO Yamaha 1'24.915 0.776 0.106
9 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'24.922 0.783 0.007
10 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'24.946 0.807 0.024
11 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'24.967 0.828 0.021
12 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'25.137 0.998 0.170
13 25 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'25.147 1.008 0.010
14 38 Bradley SMITH KTM 1'25.210 1.071 0.063
15 45 Scott REDDING Aprilia 1'25.249 1.110 0.039
16 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'25.363 1.224 0.114
17 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN Yamaha 1'25.478 1.339 0.115
18 10 Xavier SIMEON Ducati 1'25.554 1.415 0.076
19 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Honda 1'25.704 1.565 0.150
20 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'25.838 1.699 0.134
21 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'25.904 1.765 0.066
22 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'26.052 1.913 0.148
23 12 Thomas LUTHI Honda 1'26.192 2.053 0.140
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2018 Austria Moto3 Qualifying Result: Of Heros

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The first real rodeo of the day gained momentum throughout the session as the damp circuit started to dry and the battle for pole got heated, literally and metaphorically. Aron Canet fired the first shot as he climbed into provisional pole halfway through the session and it looked like Marco Bezzecchi would be his main challenger until the Italian slipped in turn three with 17 minutes left of the battle. While Bezzecchi was licking his wounds, Canet had a comfortable advantage of seven tenths of a second but with the worry of a brave rival trying on softs at last call.

The prediction became reality in the final five minutes when the pace got dramatically hot and it was all going to be a matter of timing and who could cross the line last to make the best of the ever improving conditions. Once again, Bezzecchi recovered fantastically to score his first pole position in the class and start his title lead defence from prime position. Jorge Martin could not let him rest on his laurels too much despite his injury and valiantly climbed into second on the grid, only seven hundredths of a second off pole. Albert Arenas chased his fellow Spaniard on his fastest lap and snatched the last spot available on the front row.

Canet had to make do with fourth, a whooping eight tenths of a second behind pole and with Tony Arbolino close behind. Gabriel Rodrigo was another early casualty of the conditions but the RBA racer recovered to a respectable sixth grid spot, over one second slower than Bezzecchi. Marcos Ramirez is set to open row three, ahead of Philipp Oettl and Enea Bastianini.

Moto3’s most recent victor had an underwhelming qualifying session, Fabio Di Giannantonio only qualifying 16th. Still, his day wasn’t as bad as John McPhee’s, the CIP rider falling twice in turn four with minor damage but enough to stop him from setting a competitive time, which leaves him starting the race last.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 12 Marco BEZZECCHI KTM 1'38.617    
2 88 Jorge MARTIN Honda 1'38.695 0.078 0.078
3 75 Albert ARENAS KTM 1'39.255 0.638 0.560
4 44 Aron CANET Honda 1'39.500 0.883 0.245
5 14 Tony ARBOLINO Honda 1'39.548 0.931 0.048
6 19 Gabriel RODRIGO KTM 1'39.876 1.259 0.328
7 42 Marcos RAMIREZ KTM 1'39.901 1.284 0.025
8 65 Philipp OETTL KTM 1'40.022 1.405 0.121
9 33 Enea BASTIANINI Honda 1'40.125 1.508 0.103
10 7 Adam NORRODIN Honda 1'40.295 1.678 0.170
11 48 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA Honda 1'40.406 1.789 0.111
12 5 Jaume MASIA KTM 1'40.420 1.803 0.014
13 84 Jakub KORNFEIL KTM 1'40.494 1.877 0.074
14 23 Niccolò ANTONELLI Honda 1'40.496 1.879 0.002
15 10 Dennis FOGGIA KTM 1'40.608 1.991 0.112
16 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO Honda 1'40.712 2.095 0.104
17 24 Tatsuki SUZUKI Honda 1'40.759 2.142 0.047
18 71 Ayumu SASAKI Honda 1'40.848 2.231 0.089
19 16 Andrea MIGNO KTM 1'40.944 2.327 0.096
20 72 Alonso LOPEZ Honda 1'40.996 2.379 0.052
21 81 Stefano NEPA KTM 1'41.127 2.510 0.131
22 8 Nicolo BULEGA KTM 1'41.779 3.162 0.652
23 73 Maximilian KOFLER KTM 1'42.171 3.554 0.392
24 41 Nakarin ATIRATPHUVAPAT Honda 1'42.362 3.745 0.191
25 22 Kazuki MASAKI KTM 1'42.501 3.884 0.139
26 32 Ai OGURA Honda 1'43.361 4.744 0.860
27 40 Darryn BINDER KTM 1'43.945 5.328 0.584
28 27 Kaito TOBA Honda 1'43.993 5.376 0.048
29 77 Vicente PEREZ KTM 1'45.474 6.857 1.481
  17 John MCPHEE KTM 1'46.150 7.533 0.676
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