Results and summary of the Moto3 race at the Red Bull Ring:
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New session, same old story. Andrea Dovizioso sported a new style of winglets and showcased them nicely all the way to the top of the leaderboard. His teammate had his back, Andrea Iannone a tenth behind Dovizioso. Valentino Rossi led the charge against the Bologna boys, a late lap taking him up to third and three tenths off the leader.
While the story of the morning was the world championship leader’s nasty tumble, Marc Marquez showed once again just how little these incidents affect him, the Spaniard getting back on track to make up for the lost practice time. He was the first Honda in fourth position.
Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at the Red Bull Ring:
It was an uneventful practice session for the intermediate class, with the usual contenders at the top and Johann Zarco undoubtedly leading them, the only rider to beat Luthi’s time from Friday early in the session. The Swiss rider kept close for much of the session but was eventually pushed back to third position as Alex Rins improved to go second.
Marcel Schrotter placed the AGR Team in fourth, followed by birthday boy Jonas Folger in fifth. After a slow start on used tyres, Sam Lowes made his way into sixth position, half a tenth behind the German rider.
Sun’s out, drama’s out in Spielberg. With eighteen degrees of track temperature, the Ducatis gave the rest a chance to catch up before seriously twisting the throttle in the final minutes of the session. An Andrea Iannone with an injured rib set the fastest time of the weekend.
Four tenths away was the Suzuki of Maverick Viñales, proving that yesterday’s performance was hardly a fluke helped by the cold weather. The reigning world champion followed in third position, Lorenzo half a second off Iannone’s time.
As Saturday started, sunshine decided to actually make an appearance this time around and delight us with seventeen degrees of track temperature. Even so, the riders took their time in improving their lap times from Friday.
Yesterday’s fast men Brad Binder, Joan Mir and Fabio Quartararo were the first riders to beat the benchmark and drop into the 1:36s, ending the session in that exact same order and without any real challenge from behind. The challenge for Quartararo seemed to be respecting track limits, the Leopard rider seeing several of his laps cancelled.
Track conditions might have seen slight improvements but that did not change the contenders for the top positions. Johann Zarco was the first to beat his top time from the morning session, Thomas Luthi challenging him in the late stages of the session and finally snatching top position with four minutes to go.
The afternoon temperatures saw a happier Alex Rins join the party, a late charge seeing him take second from Zarco, under a tenth of a second off Luthi. After several setup changes and cancelled lap times, an eventful session ended with a fourth position for Franco Morbidelli, teammate Alex Marquez providing another pleasant surprise in seventh position – after being as high as third - helped out by a brief tow from the reigning world champion.
As the top class took to the slightly warmer track compared to the morning session, it didn’t take long for the Ducatis to beat the first practice time by over two seconds, Andrea Dovizioso on top, followed closely by his fellow Andrea who still shares his garage. Both Italians set a string of fast 1:24s, no one able to match their rhythm.
Times dropped in the final few minutes of mock-up qualifying session, with FP1 leader Maverick Viñales finishing almost nine tenths away from the leader, showing once again how strong Ducati were in the afternoon session. The Spaniard had Valentino Rossi breathing down his neck, metaphorically, the Italian a hundredth of a second away in fourth position.
After a session of accommodation to the new track, FP1 leader Brad Binder dropped his time even further, nine tenths of a second faster than his time from the morning session. The rest took their time to drop into the 1:37s, with second placed Enea Bastianini and third placed Fabio Quartararo the next men to do it. While both Binder and Quartararo swapped times at the top, they also exchanged cancelled lap times throughout the session.
It was another good showing from Bo Bendsneyder, the rookie finishing in close proximity to Quartararo, while a rather incognito afternoon was in store for the Sky VR46 gang, with Romano Fenati grabbing fifth position late into the session.
As the intermediate class took its turn on the Austrian track, the usual suspects fought for the top position, with Thomas Luthi and Johann Zarco switching places on several occasions before the world champion eventually sped up to lead the session in his final lap.
Jonas Folger sneaked in between the two, a tenth behind his future teammate and another tenth in front of Luthi. The Leopard team brought some new energy back from the summer break, with Miguel Oliveira as high as second before dropping to fourth, closely followed by Marcel Schrotter. The bright pink Speed Up of Simone Corsi separated the duo from their teammates, with Danny Kent in seventh and Axel Pons in eighth.