2016 Spielberg MotoGP FP1 Result: Viñales Sparks A Surprise

MotoGP’s return to Austria saw the riders (bar one) take to the track for the first time in an official race weekend, with new tyres and a reconfigured last turn. The quickest learner proved to be Maverick Viñales, the Spaniard taking over the top of the standings in the final few minutes of the session – a welcome sight for the struggles of Suzuki in the test previously held here.

The Ducatis were slower to warm up to the track compared to their testing adventures, Yonny Hernandez and Andrea Iannone the standout red bikes early on, with Andrea Dovizioso making a late charge to finish second, followed by his teammate.

Jack Miller was a surprising early leader on a cold track, Valentino Rossi narrowly taking over after a handful of laps. The Australian still finished in a decent eighth position, while the Italian was probably glad to finish fourth and challenge the expectations we had from Yamaha after their testing results.

Following some mid-session bike fiddling and data studying, first Marc Marquez then Yonny Hernandez grabbed the top position before another break into proceedings. In the end, the Colombian ended up fifth, followed by the world championship leader, almost half a second off this session's leader.

Jorge Lorenzo was a slow starter but recovered some ground to finish seventh, ahead of Miller and Petrucci, the wildcarding Ducati of Pirro completing the top ten.

The session was not without incident though. Stefan Bradl took the honour of being the event’s first top class crasher, sliding and sparking up out of turn three on an out lap on cold tyres. Then, with twelve minutes left, the red flag came out as the air fence was damaged by a crash from Dani Pedrosa, the Honda rider thrown to the ground (unhurt) while braking in a straight line into turn nine. The bike was retrieved from the top of the tyre wall, the air fence was fixed and Viñales got a late shot to FP1 stardom.


Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 25 Maverick VIÑALES Suzuki 1'25.866    
2 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'25.945 0.079 0.079
3 29 Andrea IANNONE Ducati 1'26.077 0.211 0.132
4 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'26.232 0.366 0.155
5 68 Yonny HERNANDEZ Ducati 1'26.306 0.440 0.074
6 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'26.337 0.471 0.031
7 99 Jorge LORENZO Yamaha 1'26.375 0.509 0.038
8 43 Jack MILLER Honda 1'26.438 0.572 0.063
9 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'26.493 0.627 0.055
10 51 Michele PIRRO Ducati 1'26.620 0.754 0.127
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'26.734 0.868 0.114
12 45 Scott REDDING Ducati 1'26.860 0.994 0.126
13 44 Pol ESPARGARO Yamaha 1'26.880 1.014 0.020
14 38 Bradley SMITH Yamaha 1'26.995 1.129 0.115
15 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Suzuki 1'27.067 1.201 0.072
16 76 Loris BAZ Ducati 1'27.997 2.131 0.930
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA Aprilia 1'28.229 2.363 0.232
18 8 Hector BARBERA Ducati 1'28.492 2.626 0.263
19 53 Tito RABAT Honda 1'28.731 2.865 0.239
20 6 Stefan BRADL Aprilia 1'28.761 2.895 0.030
21 50 Eugene LAVERTY Ducati 1'30.206 4.340 1.445
22 26 Dani PEDROSA Honda 1'31.293 5.427 1.087


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Nice to see him do well again but always during practices! I'm beginning to think him and the bike goes well whenever the conditions/temps are cooler. Anxious for this weekend already!