Marquez top practice 3 and 4 in Austria

Marc Marquez leaves rivals in dust
Marc Marquez leaves rivals in dust

Reigning World Champion Marc Marquez posted a rapid effort during the closing stages to lead the third practice session for the Austrian Grand Prix.

As riders made incremental gains at the short and fast venue, with half a second covering the top 10, Marquez romped clear with a time of 1:23.459, 0.423s clear of Tech 3's Johann Zarco.

Suzuki's Andrea Iannone hauled himself up the order to take third position, while Ducati's Jorge Lorenzo ensured four different manufacturers were represented in the top four.

Valentino Rossi ran Yamaha's revised aero fairing and took fifth position, ahead of team-mate Maverick Viñales, who went wide at Turn 6 late on.

Avintia's Loris Baz and Aspar's Karel Abraham sprung a surprise to finish seventh and eighth respectively, in front of LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow.

Crutchlow had crashed through Turn 9 early in the session but was able to recover his damaged bike to the pit lane before resuming his programme.

Scott Redding completed the top 10 in the session but wound up 11th overall after Andrea Dovizioso's Friday time was sufficient for the Ducati rider to finish sixth in the combined classification.

As a result, Dovizioso – who placed a lowly 16th in the 45-minute session – will progress automatically into Q2, while Redding must participate in Q1.

The Briton's time was just 0.008s slower than that managed by compatriot Crutchlow in a congested midfield group, which included Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, who must partake in Q1.

Aside from Crutchlow, KTM's Bradley Smith was the only other rider to crash during the session after he fell at Turn 1.

Practice 3

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'23.459 0.000 / 0.000
2 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'23.882 0.423 / 0.423
3 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'23.943 0.484 / 0.061
4 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'23.968 0.509 / 0.025
5 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'23.995 0.536 / 0.027
6 25 Maverick VIÃ'ALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'24.049 0.590 / 0.054
7 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'24.097 0.638 / 0.048
8 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'24.109 0.650 / 0.012
9 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'24.182 0.723 / 0.073
10 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 1'24.190 0.731 / 0.008
11 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 1'24.196 0.737 / 0.006
12 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'24.275 0.816 / 0.079
13 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'24.294 0.835 / 0.019
14 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'24.421 0.962 / 0.127
15 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'24.427 0.968 / 0.006
16 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'24.454 0.995 / 0.027
17 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'24.630 1.171 / 0.176
18 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'24.642 1.183 / 0.012
19 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'24.660 1.201 / 0.018
20 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'24.709 1.250 / 0.049
21 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'24.744 1.285 / 0.035
22 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'24.887 1.428 / 0.143
23 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'25.033 1.574 / 0.146
24 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'25.515 2.056 / 0.482

Practice 4

Pos. Num. Rider Nation Team Bike Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1 93 Marc MARQUEZ SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'24.180 0.000 / 0.000
2 25 Maverick VIÃ'ALES SPA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'24.347 0.167 / 0.167
3 26 Dani PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team Honda 1'24.400 0.220 / 0.053
4 5 Johann ZARCO FRA Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'24.434 0.254 / 0.034
5 29 Andrea IANNONE ITA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'24.525 0.345 / 0.091
6 4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO ITA Ducati Team Ducati 1'24.607 0.427 / 0.082
7 46 Valentino ROSSI ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha 1'24.644 0.464 / 0.037
8 45 Scott REDDING GBR OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 1'24.804 0.624 / 0.160
9 94 Jonas FOLGER GER Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Yamaha 1'24.814 0.634 / 0.010
10 99 Jorge LORENZO SPA Ducati Team Ducati 1'24.839 0.659 / 0.025
11 44 Pol ESPARGARO SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'24.852 0.672 / 0.013
12 35 Cal CRUTCHLOW GBR LCR Honda Honda 1'24.882 0.702 / 0.030
13 17 Karel ABRAHAM CZE Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'25.134 0.954 / 0.252
14 42 Alex RINS SPA Team SUZUKI ECSTAR Suzuki 1'25.137 0.957 / 0.003
15 38 Bradley SMITH GBR Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'25.298 1.118 / 0.161
16 76 Loris BAZ FRA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'25.368 1.188 / 0.070
17 19 Alvaro BAUTISTA SPA Pull&Bear Aspar Team Ducati 1'25.425 1.245 / 0.057
18 8 Hector BARBERA SPA Reale Avintia Racing Ducati 1'25.436 1.256 / 0.011
19 41 Aleix ESPARGARO SPA Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'25.443 1.263 / 0.007
20 9 Danilo PETRUCCI ITA OCTO Pramac Racing Ducati 1'25.483 1.303 / 0.040
21 53 Tito RABAT SPA EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'25.527 1.347 / 0.044
22 22 Sam LOWES GBR Aprilia Racing Team Gresini Aprilia 1'25.693 1.513 / 0.166
23 36 Mika KALLIO FIN Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 1'25.714 1.534 / 0.021
24 43 Jack MILLER AUS EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda 1'26.051 1.871 / 0.337

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