Marquez takes Austrian MotoGP pole — by 0.002 seconds!

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11 Aug 2018, 22:47 IST

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arquez edged out Dovizioso and Lorenzo to begin from pole place

Spielberg (Austria), Aug 11 (AFP) World champion Marc Marquez, driving a Honda, grabbed pole place right now for the Austrian MotoGP, edging the Ducatis of Italian Andrea Dovizioso and Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo as Valentino Rossi toiled.

“What a struggle! What a pole!” the Honda crew tweeted after a dominant efficiency every week in the past within the Czech Grand Prix, the Ducatis arrived in Austria hoping to additional trim the large factors lead Marquez has constructed with 5 victories in 10 races this season.

As a substitute, Marquez delivered the quickest lap of 1min 23.241sec within the second and closing qualifying session, simply two-thousandths of a second sooner than Dovizioso, the winner in Brno, with Lorenzo, the runner-up every week earlier, third, 0.135sec again.

“It is the identical gaining pole positions by a thousandth as by a second,” Marquez mentioned after gaining the 49th pole place of his profession.

The 2 manufacturing facility Ducatis can be alongside him on the entrance row, which Dovizioso mentioned was adequate.

“The entrance row, that is at all times the target,” mentioned the Italian.

“I’m content material with the time that I did, I did not anticipate it. The situations had been unusual, with the rain we have had.” Spielberg has been a cheerful searching floor for Ducati for the reason that monitor returned to the MotoGP calendar in 2016.

That yr, Ducati swept the highest locations and final season the lead modified arms twice on the ultimate bend as Dovizioso edged Marquez to win.

“Right here, it is as if its Ducati-Land,” Marquez mentioned.

“They’re very quick.”

This week, over the primary three free apply classes, Ducati once more held the higher hand with Dovizioso quickest, Lorenzo second and Marquez solely fourth, greater than half a second slower than the Italian.

“They struck first within the free apply,” mentioned Marquez.

“This was returning like Nadal, now we’ll see tomorrow how we take benefit, however all weekend I’ve felt good.”

Marquez gained a good larger benefit over his closest pursuer within the standings, Rossi (Yamaha). The Italian was not quick sufficient to make Q2 and can begin from 14th on the grid tomorrow.

In Moto2, the duel between the Portuguese Miguel Oliveira (KTM) and Italian Francesco Bagnaia (Kalex), two factors behind within the standings, continued to rage. Bagnaia took pole in 1:29.409 with Oliveira subsequent to him on the grid after qualifying 0.310 slower.

In Moto3, Italian Marco Bezzecchi (KTM), who leads the standings by three factors after Jorge Martin (Honda) missed final week’s Czech face following a crash in pratice, got here off himself on Saturday however nonetheless recorded the quickest time. Martin, racing with a damaged bone in his left wrist, was second quickest

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