2019 Austria MotoGP FP3 Result: More Marquez On The Menu

Saturday morning offered a similar menu to Friday when it came to the premier class. Although rivals dropped their times to something more similar to Marc Marquez’s Friday recital, the world champion took it one step further in FP3 and rolled out a steady stream of high 1:23s and extremely low 1:24s on used medium tyres and with the not-so-new carbon reinforced frame. If no one had an answer to the Spaniard in terms of race pace, they at least stood a change for the fastest lap of FP3, the final time attack for Q2 spots starting in the final ten minutes. Maverick Vinales briefly dethroned Marquez but the Honda man was soon on the hunt once again and was threatening the lap record. The record was safe for now but with Marquez finishing FP3 only one tenth away, it is likely it will eventually fall in qualifying.

Vinales was forced to settle for second, with Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci setting identical times in third and fourth positions, three tenths down on Marquez. Dovizioso demonstrated good pace in the low 1:24s but it was still a touch off his Repsol branded rival. Fabio Quartararo completed the top five, with factory colleague Valentino Rossi saving his Q2 space from sixth position. Jack Miller in seventh place was the final rider within half a second of the leader.

Takaaki Nakagami, Alex Rins and Pol Espargaro were the final men to snatch direct Q2 places, dropping Cal Crutchlow, Miguel Oliveira and Franco Morbidelli in amongst the usual Q1 crowd.

Results:

Pos. Num. Rider Bike Time Gap 1st Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ Honda 1'23.251    
2 12 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha 1'23.591 0.340 0.340
3 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati 1'23.593 0.342 0.002
4 9 Danilo PETRUCCI Ducati 1'23.593 0.342  
5 20 Fabio QUARTARARO Yamaha 1'23.637 0.386 0.044
6 46 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha 1'23.702 0.451 0.065
7 43 Jack MILLER Ducati 1'23.749 0.498 0.047
8 30 Takaaki NAKAGAMI Honda 1'23.764 0.513 0.015
9 42 Alex RINS Suzuki 1'23.974 0.723 0.210
10 44 Pol ESPARGARO KTM 1'24.016 0.765 0.042
11 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda 1'24.068 0.817 0.052
12 88 Miguel OLIVEIRA KTM 1'24.095 0.844 0.027
13 21 Franco MORBIDELLI Yamaha 1'24.166 0.915 0.071
14 5 Johann ZARCO KTM 1'24.333 1.082 0.167
15 63 Francesco BAGNAIA Ducati 1'24.472 1.221 0.139
16 53 Tito RABAT Ducati 1'24.480 1.229 0.008
17 41 Aleix ESPARGARO Aprilia 1'24.616 1.365 0.136
18 29 Andrea IANNONE Aprilia 1'24.658 1.407 0.042
19 17 Karel ABRAHAM Ducati 1'24.740 1.489 0.082
20 6 Stefan BRADL Honda 1'24.770 1.519 0.030
21 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN KTM 1'24.775 1.524 0.005
Round Number: 
11
2019
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