World championship leader Marc Marquez will start Sunday's Austrian MotoGP from pole position after holding off the Ducati challenge at the Red Bull Ring.

Using the medium front and soft tyre combination, the Repsol Honda star kept last year's runner-up Andrea Dovizioso at bay by 0.144s, the Italian and his team being rewarded for a 'crazy' decision to fit the medium rear due to the afternoon heat.

Team-mate Jorge Lorenzo opted to use soft-soft rubber as he completed the front row with a best lap 0.386s behind Marquez. The Spaniard, riding with a special 'Diablo' helmet design, is looking increasing confident as the weekend goes on.

Row two will consist of Movistar Yamaha's Maverick Vinales, Pramac's Danilo Petrucci and Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Johann Zarco. The Frenchman again went his own way in qualifying, declining a pit stop and making only a single run.

Vinales team-mate Valentino Rossi was left in row three (+0.747s), alongside Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa and Honda's Cal Crutchlow. Suzuki's Andrea Iannone, last year's winner for Ducati, Aspar's Karel Abraham and Avintia's Loris Baz completed the Qualifying 2 participants.

Marquez starts Sunday's race with a 14-point lead over Vinales, 21-point lead over Dovizioso and 22-point lead over Rossi.

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