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Sport Austrian MotoGP: KTM's Espargaro leads Dovizioso in FP1

13:20  14 august  2020
13:20  14 august  2020 Source:   autosport.com

KTM's Espargaro “wouldn’t have trusted” top five MotoGP standings prediction

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Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) is the quickest rider after FP 1 at the myWorld Austrian Grand Prix after setting a 1:24.193 on Friday morning. 2019 winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) sits 0.044 off the number 44 in second place, with Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu)

Andrea Dovizioso led an all-Ducati top three in the first practice session for MotoGP ' s Austria Grand Prix, as Valentino Rossi' s Yamaha had an early failure. With a risk of rain for both FP2 on Friday afternoon and FP3 on Saturday morning, riders put more focus on setting a fast lap in FP 1 than usual.

a man flying through the air while riding a motorcycle down a hill: Espargaro leads Dovizioso in FP1 in Austria © LAT Images Espargaro leads Dovizioso in FP1 in Austria

Pol Espargaro led the opening MotoGP practice session for KTM's home Austrian Grand Prix, while race-winning team-mate Brad Binder was a low-key 16th.

With unpredictable weather forecast for the later today, the latter stages of FP1 featured riders trying to secure provisional Q2 places.

Championship leader Fabio Quartararo set the early pace in the opening 45-minute session with a 1m26.282s, though this was quickly beaten by Espargaro on the KTM.

Czech MotoGP: Nakagami leads Mir in tight FP1 at Brno

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KTM ' s Pol Espargaro was a positive 11th, edging Valentino Rossi out by 0.007s. KTM ' s wildcard entrant Mika Kallio, who is taking part in his second MotoGP round of the 2017 season, was 17th, as team regular Bradley Smith took 21st. FP 1 results

MotoGP . Austrian GP . 13 Aug. Ducati MotoGP rider Andrea Dovizioso topped first practice for this weekend' s Malaysian Grand Prix by less than a tenth of a second from Valentino Rossi. Pol Espargaro . KTM . Sepang MotoGP : Rins leads Marquez in second practice.

Espargaro tested at Red Bull Ring during the coronavirus-enforced break along with KTM test rider Dani Pedrosa, and he used this relatively recent knowledge of the track to lead much of the session.

He improved on his second effort to a 1m24.858s, bettering this further to a 1m24.685s with 21 minutes remaining.

Due to the extreme heat build-up in the tyres at the hard-acceleration Red Bull Ring, Michelin has once again brought a special construction tyre to cope.

Ducati, and particularly Andrea Dovizioso, has struggled to get to grips with Michelin's new construction tyre in use in 2020 - though Dovizioso on Thursday noted that the alternate tyre for the Austrian double-header could work in his favour.

Briefly hitting top spot with a 1m24.772s around 10 minutes into the session, Dovizioso would end the session just 0.044 seconds adrift of Espargaro.

MotoGP Brno: Sensational pole for Johann Zarco! Dovizioso only on P18

 MotoGP Brno: Sensational pole for Johann Zarco! Dovizioso only on P18 © Motorsport Images Pole-Setter Johann Zarco created the sensation in Brno A Ducati on pole in Brno! Johann Zarco caused a little sensation for in the MotoGP qualifying . With last year's Ducati, the Frenchman from the Avintia team drove to pole position in 1: 55.687 minutes while his fellow brands stumbled. Andrea Dovizioso didn't even get past Q1. Zarco relegated permanent pole setter Fabio Quartararo (Petronas-Yamaha) to second place in Brno.

Austrian GP . Ducati factory rider Andrea Dovizioso set the pace in a mainly dry second MotoGP practice at the Red Bull Ring, beating Yamaha's Maverick Vinales by two tenths. The track hadn't fully dried up for FP2 following a heavy shower right after first practice. Why KTM ' s exodus suggests a management flaw.

Austrian GP . Aprilia' s Aleix Espargaro led brother Pol in fifth, the latter towing Marquez on his fastest lap. Avintia Ducati' s Tito Rabat led works rider Andrea Dovizioso by 0.013 s in 10th, but crashed late on in the session at Turn 5, nearly collecting Honda' s Jorge Lorenzo in the process after

Espargaro was briefly deposed by LCR's Takaaki Nakagami on the year-old Honda, but fired in a 1m24.193s with three minutes remaining which would remain to best time at the chequered flag.

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Espargaro leads Dovizioso in FP1 in Austria © LAT Images Espargaro leads Dovizioso in FP1 in Austria

Joan Mir got the Suzuki up to third, 0.129s off the pace, but had his best lap cancelled for improving his lap time through a yellow flag sector for a crash for Aprilia's Bradley Smith at Turn 4, which dropped him down to ninth.

That promoted Nakagami up to third, with Alex Rins the lead Suzuki ahead of Petronas SRT's Franco Morbidelli leading the Yamaha charge on the 'A-spec' M1.

Fellow Brno podium-finisher Johann Zarco (Avintia) was sixth on the Ducati which won last year's race in the hands of Dovizioso, with Tech3's Miguel Oliveira seventh on the KTM ahead of Pramac's Jack Miller and Mir.

Quartararo completed the top 10, bumping his future factory Yamaha team-mate and nearest title rival Maverick Vinales down to 11th late on in a frustrating session for both.

Vinales "a little bit lost" on Yamaha after Friday Austrian GP sessions

  Vinales Maverick Vinales admits he and Yamaha are "a little bit lost" at the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix and can't explain why his form has dipped so much since Jerez .The Yamaha rider was 0.020 seconds outside of the top 10 in 11th at the end of Friday's practice sessions following a scrappy FP1 in which he was caught outbraking himself on several occasions.Commenting on his feeling on the bike, Vinales says he "didn't have an incredible feeling with the front" and a "really bad feeling with the rear" of the YZR-M1.

Category. MotoGP Moto 2 Moto 3. Sessions. FP 1 . Pol ESPARGARO . SPA. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. Andrea DOVIZIOSO . ITA. Ducati Team.

Austrian GP . Maverick Vinales survived a couple of off-course excursions to put Suzuki sixth, just ahead of teammate Aleix Espargaro who also had a late off. Motegi MotoGP : Lorenzo heads Dovizioso and Vinales in crash-filled FP2.

Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) headed Valentino Rossi on the other works team Yamaha, with Brno race winner Binder 0.812s off the pace down in 16th as he gets to grips with the Red Bull Ring on a MotoGP bike for the first time.

The injured Francesco Bagnaia has been replaced by Ducati test rider Michele Pirro at Pramac.

He was 17th at the end of FP1 ahead of Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro and Alex Marquez on the works Honda.

Austrian MotoGP - FP1 results

PosRiderTeamGap
1Pol EspargaroKTM1m24.193s
2Andrea DoviziosoDucati0.044s
3Takaaki NakagamiLCR Honda0.185s
4Alex RinsSuzuki0.380s
5Franco MorbidelliPetronas Yamaha0.395s
6Johann ZarcoAvintia Ducati0.462s
7Miguel OliveiraTech3 KTM0.525s
8Jack MillerPramac Ducati0.531s
9Joan MirSuzuki0.471s
10Fabio QuartararoPetronas Yamaha0.560s
11Maverick VinalesYamaha0.586s
12Danilo PetrucciDucati0.644s
13Valentino RossiYamaha0.673s
14Cal CrutchlowLCR Honda0.751s
15Iker LecuonaTech3 KTM0.798s
16Brad BinderKTM0.812s
17Michele PirroPramac Ducati0.959s
18Aleix EspargaroAprilia0.972s
19Alex MarquezHonda1.056s
20Bradley SmithAprilia1.104s
21Stefan BradlHonda1.178s
22Tito RabatAvintia Ducati1.536s

Video: "F1 preview: A lap of the Spanish Grand Prix" (The Independent)

Espargaro hopes "stupid" Petrucci fined for Austrian MotoGP qualifying outburst

  Espargaro hopes Aleix Espargaro says Danilo Petrucci giving him the middle finger after MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix qualifying was "stupid" and "hopes he gets a fine" for his outburstPetrucci was left furious by the Aprilia rider when he ended up in front of him at Turn 9 in the latter stages of Q1, with Espargaro having eased off just as the Ducati rider was coming into the final sector of the Red Bull Ring.

MotoGP points leader Marc Marquez led Aprilia rider Scott Redding in a wet second practice session in Austria , which was delayed by 15 minutes. The former could only do a 1m50.456 s , more than 26 seconds off Andrea Dovizioso ' s FP 1 benchmark, and soon pitted, but Zarco stayed out and did

Austrian GP . 13 Aug. Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) secured eighth ahead of the sole Suzuki of Alex Rins and KTM ' s Pol Espargaro , who set his best time while following Miguel Oliveira (Tech 3 KTM ) was an impressive sixth on Friday but he dropped to 12th in the combined order after FP3.

"F1 preview: A lap of the Spanish Grand Prix"
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Andrea Dovizioso insists his victory in the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix didn't prove a point to Ducati just a day after his departure for 2021 was announced .Dovizioso's manager Simone Battistella announced on Saturday ahead of qualifying at the Red Bull Ring that the Italian would not be renewing his deal with Ducati beyond 2020, with marque confirming this soon after. The three-time MotoGP championship runner-up wouldn't go into detail on why he has taken this decision, but says the call was taken this weekend in order to clear his mind in the current title battle amidst a difficult season.

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