Jorge Martin stormed to his second MotoGP pole position in Austria.
Jorge Martin once again stunned MotoGP fans with an incredible ride to take his second ever pole position in the premier class, he’s been looking impressive all weekend long sliding his bike around like he’s on rails. His riding style is completely natural and he genuinely looks like one of the most naturally talented riders we’ve seen since Casey Stoner, also on a Ducati. Martin has set a lap record to become the first rider to break into the 1:22 lap times around the track beating fellow Ducati rider Francesco Bagnaia by a tiny 0.044 seconds.
Fabio Quartararo will line up on the front row, he set a lap time earlier in the session to take provisional pole position before it was cancelled due to track limits, this means the Frenchman has some work to do if he wants to be able to win the race tomorrow given the sheer pace and speed the Ducati’s have around the Austrian circuit. Yamaha have only scored two podiums in the six races we have seen here and have never won a race, given the incredible form the Frenchman is in tomorrow we can expect him to battle for the win tomorrow.
Leading row two is Jack Miller meaning we have three Ducati’s in the top four, putting Quartararo in some pretty scary company off the startline tomorrow with Ducati’s incredible acceleration and straight-line speed aiding them in the first part of the opening lap tomorrow. Rounding off the top five is a surprise namely Joan Mir, Joan Mir has set his best qualifying start of the year beating his previous of P9 after spending many sessions outside of Q2, a really impressive improvement from the World Champion.
Johann Zarco was the last rider on row two 0.072 seconds ahead of Aleix Espargaro with Marc Marquez being forced to settle for P8 after crashing out of the session on his last lap, he was on a strong lap aiming to be able to take pole position but lost the front-ending his and everyone else’s session there.
Rounding off the top 10 were Maverick Vinales and Takaaki Nakagami with Nakagami leading the early Free Practice sessions but unable to replicate this during qualifying.
MotoGP Legend Dani Pedrosa will start his first ever KTM race from P14 on the grid after narrowly missing out on Q2 earlier, the second-fastest KTM of the lot.
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