Marquez claims pole ahead of Ducati duo in Austria

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 13, 2017

Championship leader Marc Marquez stormed to a third consecutive pole at the Austrian MotoGP on Saturday.

It was Ducati's second straight victory on the Red Bull Ring since the Austrian GP returned to the calendar previous year.

But Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez is hungry for a fourth-MotoGP title, and carried his momentum from Brno, where he won from pole, into Austria.

Championship rival Maverick Vinales starts fourth, missing out on a front-row start by a tenth of a second, but was nearly overcome by the Pramac of Danilo Petrucci, who got within 0.026 of the Spaniard. To put this into perspective, the Circuit Record Lap set last season by Iannone (then Ducati Team) last season was a 1:24.561.

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Lorenzo occupies the front row for the second time in his Ducati career, ending on a 1'23.621 which was enough to keep Maverick Vinales in check as the Movistar Yamaha man missed the top three once again. Dovi qualified 0.144 of a second behind, and Lorenzo 0.386 back.

Johann Zarco finished sixth on his Tech3 Yamaha followed by Valentino Rossi, who has struggled with flu heading into the weekend. Taking the final third-row spot was LCR Honda's Cal Crutchlow, who was penalized a fast lap due to exceeding track limits.

Valentino Rossi had to settle for seventh, while Andrea Iannone, victor on this circuit past year, improved from 22nd to 10th. Now riding for Suzuki, Iannone came 11th in Sunday's race.

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