With barely any respite, the GP circus was back in show at the rapid Red Bull Ring and so was Jorge Martin. The Spaniard was back in action after surgery on his wrist following a crash last Friday in Brno, in a bid to minimise the damage to his championship aspirations. With the habitual runaway leader of the lightweight class still convalescent, there was no dominant force in FP1, Marco Bezzecchi, John McPhee and Philipp Oettl sharing the top of the timesheets in equal parts until a late shootout.
Circuit record holder Jaume Masia preliminarily picked up the lead in the final three minutes and went on to secure the headlines by eighth hundredths of a second. Bezzecchi came close to dethroning the young Spaniard but finished second best, the two of them having over two tenths of a second in hand over their pursuers. Lorenzo Dalla Porta was third, sneaking ahead of Oettl and McPhee, while Enea Bastianini in sixth position was the final rider to post a time within half a second of the leader.
Nicolo Bulega of old made another appearance in seventh spot, about a tenth ahead of Brno poleman and podium finisher Jakub Kornfeil. Kazuki Masaki and Albert Arenas led the way for their respective teams and completed the top ten. Aron Canet had a good go at a top position but the Spaniard lost it in turn six on his final fast lap and got pushed back to 11th position, narrowly ahead of Gabriel Rodrigo.
Brno victor Fabio Di Giannantonio had a subdued morning in 16th place, while teammate Martin finished one and a half seconds back on Masia in 23rd, with limited track time and looking at some adjustments to his machine to better accommodate his injury.
|3||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Honda||1'37.524||0.306||0.225|
|16||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'38.533||1.315||0.066|