Championship leader Marc Marquez claimed premier class pole position number 59 to surpass MotoGP Legend Mick Doohan’s record as the Championship leader was in formidable form in Q2 at the Austrian MotoGP to head Fabio Quartararo and Andrea Dovizioso on the front row.
Can anyone beat a superlative Marquez on Sunday afternoon? Or, Will Ducati keep up their 100% Red Bull Ring record? Here are the ten things you need to know ahead of the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich with 10 of the best stats from Saturday’s qualifying action:
1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has qualified on pole for the third successive time at the Red Bull Ring since 2017. The Red Bull Ring is the only circuit on the current MotoGP calendar where Marquez has not won at in the premier class.
2. This is the 59th pole position for Marquez on what is his 119th start in the premier class (49.6%) and he is now the rider with the most pole positions in the premier class of Grand Prix racing, moving above Mick Doohan (58).
3. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) has qualified in second place as the highest-placed Yamaha and Independent Team rider. This is the best qualifying result for a Yamaha rider at the Red Bull Ring in MotoGP, beating Jorge Lorenzo, who was the third-fastest qualifier back in 2016.
4. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), who has finished on the podium over the last three years at the Red Bull Ring including a win in 2017, has qualified in third place. This is Dovizioso’s third front row start since the opening race in Qatar and the first since Argentina. Ducati has taken all three MotoGP wins at the Red Bull Ring since 2016.
5. After passing through Q1, Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) has qualified in fifth place, which is the best qualifying result of his rookie season in the MotoGP class.
6. The second Honda rider in sixth place is Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu), who had his best qualifying result since he stepped up to the MotoGP class last year.
7. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing), who was on the podium last week in Brno for the second time this year, has qualified in eighth place. He will be aiming to score his first points at the Red Bull Ring.
8. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) heads the fourth row of the gird in 10th place, which is the sixth time this year he has qualified within the top ten. The Red Bull Ring is only the second circuit on the current Grand Prix calendar, along with Buriram, where Rossi has not had a podium finish in the premier class.
9. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) has qualified in 11th place as the highest-placed KTM rider. This is the best qualifying result for a KTM rider at the Red Bull Ring in the MotoGP class.
10. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) has qualified in 13th position as the second KTM rider. This is Oliveira’s best qualifying performance of his rookie season in the premier class of Grand Prix racing.