Marquez snaps up pole at Austrian GP

Spanish rider Marc Marquez will start from pole. Picture: AFP
Spanish rider Marc Marquez will start from pole. Picture: AFP

SPANIARD Marc Marquez has grabbed pole position on his Honda in qualifying for the Austrian MotoGP, edging the Ducatis of Italian Andrea Dovizioso and Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo.

Marquez, the reigning world champion and leader in this season's standings, delivered a lap of 1min 23.241sec in the second and final qualifying session, just two thousandth of a second faster than Dovizioso with Lorenzo third, 0.135sec back.

Italian Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), who is second in the championship, was not fast enough to make Q2 and will start from 14th on the grid on Sunday.

Grids for the Austrian motorcycling Grand Prix after final qualifying on Saturday:

MotoGP Front row 1. Marc Marquez (ESP/Honda) 1:23.241, 2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA/Ducati) at 0.002s, 3. Jorge Lorenzo (ESP/Ducati) 0.135

Second row 4. Danilo Petrucci (ITA/Ducati Pramac) 0.262, 5. Cal Crutchlow (GBR/LCR Honda) 0.571, 6. Johann Zarco (FRA/Yamaha Tech3) 0.646

Andrea Dovizioso was fastest early in qualifying.
Andrea Dovizioso was fastest early in qualifying.

Third row 7. Tito Rabat (ESP/Ducati Avintia) 0.681, 8. Andrea Iannone (ITA/Suzuki) 0.850, 9. Dani Pedrosa (ESP/Honda) 0.883

Fourth row 10. Alex Rins (SPA/Suzuki) 0.986, 11. Maverick Vinales (ESP/Yamaha) 1.043, 12. Alvaro Bautista (SPA/Ducati Angel Nieto Team) 1.101

Fifth row 14. Valentino Rossi (ITA/Yamaha) 1:24.309

Moto3 Front row 1. Marco Bezzecchi (ITA/KTM) 1:38.617, 2. Jorge Martin (ESP/Honda) at 0.078, 3. Albert Arenas (ESP/KTM) 0.638

Second row 4. Aron Canet (ESP/Honda) 0.883, 5. Tony Arbolino (ITA/Honda) 0.931, 6. Gabriel Rodrigo (ARG/KTM) à 1.259

Third row 7. Marcos Ramirez (ESP/KTM) 1.284, 8. Philipp Öttl (GER/KTM) 1.405, 9. Enea Bastianini (ITA/Honda) 1.508


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