The MotoGP World Championship reaches its tenth round of the season, held at the Red Bull Ring. On Friday, Marco Bezzecchi (Ducati) set the best time of 1:28.533 in practice.
The Top 10 on the timesheets was completed by Maverick Viñales (Aprilia), Pecco Bagnaia (Ducati), Brad Binder (KTM), Johann Zarco (Ducati), Jorge Martín (Ducati), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia), Álex Márquez (Ducati), Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) and Miguel Oliveira (Aprilia), earning spots in Q2.
Tomorrow the drivers will have a free practice session at 10:10 (CEST) before qualifying at 10:50. At 3pm they will participate in the sprint race for the Austrian GP MotoGP.
Adaptation for Repsol Honda Team
The Repsol Honda Team riders used Friday as a test, with a view to developing their Honda RC213V after receiving new aerodynamic parts.
Despite having improved his feeling and times compared to the morning, Marc Márquez failed to break into the Q2 spots, and finished the day in 13th place. He will have to go through Q1 on Saturday.
Joan Mir focused on continuing to build a good base setup with the new improvements that have arrived for this Grand Prix. The Repsol Honda Team rider placed 23rd and will also need to enter Q1.
Austrian GP Practice Results
|1. Marco Bezzecchi||DUCATI||1:28.533|
|2. Maverick Viñales||APRILIA||+0.044|
|3. Pecco Bagnaia||DUCATI||+0.288|
|4. Brad Binder||KTM||+0.330|
|5. Johann Zarco||DUCATI||+0.388|
|6. Jorge Martín||DUCATI||+0.479|
|7. Aleix Espargaró||APRILIA||+0.519|
|8. Álex Márquez||DUCATI||+0.563|
|9. Fabio Quartararo||YAMAHA||+0.622|
|10. Miguel Oliveira||APRILIA||+0.627|
|13. Marc Márquez||REPSOL HONDA||+0.823|
|23. Joan Mir||REPSOL HONDA||+1.819|
“There was a lot of work to do today, it was very mentally demanding as we worked across two different aero packages. Your riding style needs to change quite a lot for the new aero. We will keep using it here because at this type of track it has some improvements that are clear, but we will need to keep trying it at other tracks. I pushed very hard at the end of the afternoon session and we improved our lap time, unfortunately we lost our last fast lap – but this can happen. The target is understanding the aero package and seeing what’s possible tomorrow.”
“Today we were able to try the new fairing that Taka first tried last race. So this meant that we had to change the setup for it, this took a bit of time. Then in the afternoon session there was some rain that came which interrupted our plan and progress a little. I was going well on my final lap, but there was some rain in the last sector. For sure I know this is not our real potential, which is in the top 15, so hopefully we can make a step tomorrow to finish where we know we can be.”