2020 Austria MotoGP FP1 Result: Pol Espargaro On A Mission

With the troublesome weather forecast for the weekend, the Red Bull Ring was kind to allow at least one dry practice session for the premier class to provisionally settle the Q2 lineup. Presumably frustrated with the events of Brno, Pol Espargaro led all throughout the session and responded to every challenger by extending his gap at the top of the timesheets. Not even the Ducatis on their favourite playground could cope with the KTM man’s speed but Andrea Dovizioso looked invigorated by the return to the Red Bull Ring and climbed into second, only half a tenth off the leader.

Takaaki Nakagami carried the flag for Honda to join the top three, aided by a cancelled lap time for Joan Mir over a yellow flag infringement, which also left Alex Rins as the lead Suzuki man in fourth. Franco Morbidelli was once again the first Yamaha, making it five different manufacturers in the top five.

Johann Zarco was back at the business end in sixth, half a second off the leader and narrowly ahead of Miguel Oliveira. Jack Miller and Joan Mir kept close as well, while the final top ten position went to a subdued Fabio Quartararo. The Frenchman pushed his future teammate out of provisional Q2 positions, leaving Maverick Vinales together with Danilo Petrucci, Valentino Rossi, Cal Crutchlow and rookie winner Brad Binder to do a no-rain dance over the next 24 hours.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Prev
1 44 Pol Espargaro KTM 1'24.193    
2 4 Andrea Dovizioso Ducati 1'24.237 0.044 0.044
3 30 Takaaki Nakagami Honda 1'24.378 0.185 0.141
4 42 Alex Rins Suzuki 1'24.573 0.380 0.195
5 21 Franco Morbidelli Yamaha 1'24.588 0.395 0.015
6 5 Johann Zarco Ducati 1'24.655 0.462 0.067
7 88 Miguel Oliveira KTM 1'24.718 0.525 0.063
8 43 Jack Miller Ducati 1'24.724 0.531 0.006
9 36 Joan Mir Suzuki 1'24.743 0.550 0.019
10 20 Fabio Quartararo Yamaha 1'24.753 0.560 0.010
11 12 Maverick Viñales Yamaha 1'24.779 0.586 0.026
12 9 Danilo Petrucci Ducati 1'24.837 0.644 0.058
13 46 Valentino Rossi Yamaha 1'24.879 0.686 0.042
14 35 Cal Crutchlow Honda 1'24.944 0.751 0.065
15 27 Iker Lecuona KTM 1'24.991 0.798 0.047
16 33 Brad Binder KTM 1'25.005 0.812 0.014
17 51 Michele Pirro Ducati 1'25.152 0.959 0.147
18 41 Aleix Espargaro Aprilia 1'25.165 0.972 0.013
19 73 Alex Marquez Honda 1'25.249 1.056 0.084
20 38 Bradley Smith Aprilia 1'25.297 1.104 0.048
21 6 Stefan Bradl Honda 1'25.371 1.178 0.074
22 53 Tito Rabat Ducati 1'25.729 1.536 0.358
Round Number: 
5
2020
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